Mission and History

We sponsor, support and promote charitable and educational programs and efforts by raising funds for organizations within the Long Beach Empire in particular organizations within the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning community;

We recognize and promote community leaders and shine light on those social service organizations that offer support and overall enrichment to those in need.

Founded in 1971, The International Imperial Court of Long Beach, Inc. (IICLB) is the longest running LGBTQ non-profit in the greater Long Beach area. With a mission to support community by raising funds for other LGBTQ non-profits through innovative fundraisers and initiatives, the IICLB has become one of the most effective fundraising forces in Long Beach. Since their founding, the IICLB has raised over $1,000,000 for local community causes.

Aside from fundraising, the IICLB is a constant force in the community through volunteerism and advocacy. Each year the IICLB collects food donations for the Long Beach AIDS Food Store, sings Christmas carols to hospice patients and raises awareness on issues related to LGBT Veterans, Autism and Williams Syndrome to name a few.

The IICLB is one of nearly 70 chapters of the International Court System which spans the United States, Canada and Mexico. Each chapter (Empire) is led by an Empress, an Emperor, or both. Elected by members of the communities they serve, these individuals play critical roles in the organization and serve as the fundraising chairs for the upcoming year.

The IICLB represents the cities of Artesia, Bellflower, Carson, Cerritos, Compton, Downey, Gardena, Lakewood, Lomita, Long Beach, Lynwood, Paramount, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills and the communities of Harbor City, San Pedro and Wilmington.


In 1965, José Sarria proclaimed herself the Empress of San Francisco, and laid the foundation for the formation of the Imperial Court de San Francisco. Today, the International Court System (ICS) has over 65 chapters in the United States, Canada and Mexico, making us the second largest GLBT organization in the world.
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