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The Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire will be crowning two new reigning monarchs on My 27, 5 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel in Salt Lake City. The theme of the event is  The Sixth Sense: Revisiting the Coronations of Reigns 6, 16 and 26. The weekend will be inundated with the Court’s royalty — past, present and future.

The RCGSE is the state’s oldest LGBT-run charity and has been actively raising funds for more than 35 years. This will be the 37th emperor and empress in the state. The group helps raise awareness on issues affecting the queer community of Utah and helps raise funds for other groups, including different AIDS and cancer funds. The RCGSE is run by volunteer royalty who are crowned in the annual fundraising event. For more information and a complete schedule of events, go to RCGSE.org.

This year’s candidates have been involved with the court for years and are raring to help out the community even more. Meet Champagne Starr, the candidate for empress, and Nick Watts, the candidate for emperor.

Nick Watts

How long have you been involved in the RCGSE?

I have been attending RCGSE events for about 10 years now. I have been a member of the RCGSE for a year and a half. I served as Mr. Gay Utah XXIX. I am currently serving as Grand Duke to Emperor XXXVI. I have other various titles and I am also a current sitting member of the board of directors.

What is your favorite event or project you’ve been involved with in the RCGSE?

My favorite event so far has been Snow Ball. The money raised from this annual event goes to our People with AIDS Christmas fund. It’s our second largest event, Coronation being the first.

What services does the RCGSE provide?

For me, the RCGSE is a family. We take care of others that are in need. We hold functions and raise money for our various funds and that money goes to an organization or someone in need.

Why should people participate and get involved with the RCGSE?

The RCGSE is Utah’s longest-standing LGBT nonprofit organization. We are an integral part of this community and it is so rewarding to know that my service pays off by helping someone in need. We hold various functions from drag shows to food drives. There is an event for everyone!

Any last words for the QSaltLake readers?

This year’s Coronation weekend is a can’t miss! There will be some amazing entertainment provided by our in-town and out-of-town guests.

I hope to see you all at Coronation 37 and I hope that I get your vote at the Red Lion Hotel on May 19th between noon and midnight.

Champagne Starr

How long have you been involved in the RCGSE?

I have been with the court for five years.

What is your favorite event or project you’ve been involved with in the RCGSE?

The RCGSE hosts so many events that it’s hard to pull out just one; mostly it’s the positive feeling I get when I am serving the community.

What services does the RCGSE provide?

The RCGSE supports people in need, specifically through the scholarship program, peoples concern fund, AIDS fund and other funds set up and distributed to people in need.

Why should people participate and get involved with the RCGSE?

People should participate to give back to the community, and to have fun and make new friends.

Any last words for the QSaltLake readers?

The RCGSE does a lot of good for a lot of people and I am excited to be your candidate for empress! Please vote for me, voting will be May 19th from noon-midnight at the Red Lion Hotel.

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