Who Are We?
The Royal Sovereign Imperial Court of the Texas Riviera Empire (TRE), Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which is governed by an elected Board of Directors and represented by an Emperor and/or Empress each reign year. The offices of the Emperor and Empress are filled by individuals who spend their reign year overseeing the fundraising efforts of the organization.
TRE was established as an organization that would serve the people of the City of Corpus Christi, Texas and surrounding areas by conducting projects of a public community service or charitable nature benefiting legitimate charities. In so doing these projects, we can and will provide social opportunities for the benefit , pleasure & entertainment of the people of Corpus Christi surrounding regions & the members of TRE Inc.
In 1985, a group of individuals decided that the area surrounding Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend needed to experience José Sarria’s vision of royalty & community fundraising which became the International Court System. With their guidance, TRE has grown into what is now considered the premier fundraising organization in the Corpus Christi area for the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender & Allied community.
TRE provides an outlet for people of various ethnicities, genders & sexual orientation to raise money & have fun in the process! Since it’s inception, TRE has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for many different charities in & out of the City of Corpus Christi.
The Texas Riviera Empire continues to support many different organizations in & out of Corpus Christi. With membership encompassing all of South Texas, TRE is truly an organization of and for the people of our great area.
Who Is Money Raised For?
Today, the Royal Sovereign Imperial Court of the Texas Riviera Empire, Inc. serves the needs of 18 counties in Southern Texas. TRE raises money for organizations such as, Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation including Y-NOT and Transgender Support.
The Texas Riviera Empire hosts many different types of events & fundraisers throughout the year. Events range from shows and cookouts to black tie galas and raffles. Any type of social event that raises money can & will be considered for future use by the Texas Riviera Empire.
With annual gala fundraisers such as, the Christmas in July, Decade Show, Red Party, and Coronation, money is quickly raised for viable & needy charities throughout the areas that the Texas Riviera Empire serves.
The International Court System
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. On October 23rd, 2015 The International Imperial Court System celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a gala state dinner, The Golden Jubilee in Portland, Oregon, headed by the Titular Head of the International Imperial Court System, Queen Mother I of the Americas, Nicole Murray Ramirez.