China SilkJosé Julio Sarria History Maker Award
José Julio Sarria History Maker Award
Awarded to Bay Area people who make extraordinary changes in the way society views the LGBTQ community.China Silk is a longtime fundraiser and the nicest person you could ever meet. A San Francisco native, China Silk as we know her was conceived during the Carrillo-Wong Dynasty of the Imperial Court of San Francisco. Fundraising for her community, in venues all over the city, has always been the center of her world. She was so honored when the people of San Francisco elected her Grand Duchess 27 in 1999 and then Absolute Empress 39 in 2004. This year, she is celebrating her 15th anniversary of being crowned Absolute Empress. Her fundraisers include an annual Chinese New Year’s event benefiting API Wellness Center and Gay Asian Pacific Alliance, and an annual legacy Cinco de Mayo event honoring Emperor 32 Fernando Robles. In addition, China Silk fundraises through her participation with AIDS Walk and many other events throughout the year. Helping our community is what she loves to do.
Original illustration by George McCalman.