What  is your favorite part about becoming Empress?

Representing the New York chapter of our organization and having the opportunity to talk about and explain what we do. In a time when there are so many organizations advertising for assistance, it’s nice to have some face (or microphone) time with people. When people become enlightened, I believe they are more likely to want to help.

What are you most looking forward to this year at Night Of A Thousand Gowns? 

I love getting to spend time with our guests from all over the country. Friends we’ve made but only get to see a couple of times a year.

There are over 60 chapters in the International Court system, and one of the things I find most exciting is when we’re able to host visitors or experience their hospitality.

What is the most rewarding experience that you have had this year being Empress?

Getting to see people up close again. This year, we were able to resume our outreach programs. This could be performing for people in assisted living or hospice situations or doing a pot luck dinner at a homeless youth center. 

Why did you become part of the Imperial Court of New York?

I first joined the Court system in San Diego and loved their mission. When I moved back to New York and found I had friends who were members here, I was all in.

How does one join the Imperial Court of New York?

Go to our website, ICNY.org,  or join us at a monthly membership meeting.  You don’t need to be a member to observe and see if it’s something you might like. It’s a great place to meet like-minded people. Or maybe find a husband, lol. I did! We meet the first Wednesday of the month at the LGBT Center on W. 13th, 7:30 PM and we would love to have you.

Do you have a dress picked out for this year’s gala? 

A dress?? I have three so far. . .and I’m working on one or two more. It’s the Night of a Thousand Gowns!  

What is the significance of “The Towering Tequila & Amethyst Orchard Empress of Love, Laughter & Lumpia?”

In our organization, it is not uncommon for monarchs to have a moniker or multiple titles awarded to them. So, the significance of mine embraces my height–I’m 6’4”–plus l like tequila, I’m a florist who loves purple, I’m also part Filipino (lumpia), I love life and laughter. And there you are!.

Eileen Shapiro

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