Description: This is an interview with Jose Julio Sarria conducted by John Lockhart during research for his book,The Gay Man’s Guide to Growing Older, published in 2002. Jose Sarria, a WWII veteran living in San Francisco, was the first openly LGBT candidate to run for public office in North America. In 1965 he founded the first chapter of the Imperial Court System in San Francisco, and he ran the organization until 2007. It is now an international organization with 68 chapters through the US, Canada, and Mexico and is responsible for a great deal of philanthropic fundraising and AIDS service centers.

Date: 2000