The theme of Reign XVI was chosen to emphasize the Court’s devotion to the community of Austin. Reign XVI began with the crowning of Empress Rona Bare-it and Regent Emperor Eric Beringer. The Board of Directors elected and appointed Regent Emperor Eric Beringer. Eric accepted the appointment and committed himself to serving the Court and community. Little did the new Monarchs know what a daunting task they had ahead of them.
The goal of Reign XVI was to continue and build on all the hard work by the previous Reigns, as there were some high standards and impressive bench marks achieved. In an effort to expand the Court and involve a more diversified membership, Reign XVI was fortunate to have several straight individuals join the Court, including Suzanne (SuXanax), and Janet, both single mothers. SuXanax and Janet were appointed to the female line. SuXanax was invested as Imperial Crown Princess, and Janet as Princess Royale. Their dedication and hard work were inspiring; raising children on their own and finding time to help the community.
Shortly after Investiture, on October 10, 2009, the Court lost the founding Empress of the Austin Court System, Mona littleMore, a.k.a Marc Alexander. Mona was Empress Rona Bare-it’s love and life partner for over 37 years. Dowager Empress XV Jaycie Beringer and Regent Emperor Eric Beringer stepped up to provide even more support and comfort to Empress Rona with this tremendous loss. Even with the tragic loss of her partner, Empress Rona Bare-it, along with the tireless efforts of Dowager Empress Jaycie Beringer and Regent Emperor Eric Beringer, Reign XVI was the success Mona had hoped it could be.
While not all the records set by previous Reigns were broken, many were matched and some were even surpassed. With the help of the Court and local businesses, Reign XVI raised over $40.000 to help the Austin community. Reign XVI also established a college scholarship program, The Mona littleMore Memorial Scholarship, to help further higher education goals of Texas GLBT youth.
On August 28, 2010 The United Court of Austin presented Coronation XVII, A Sweet 16 Ball, Legends of the Jukebox, Let’s Rock and Roll. Empress Rona Bare-it and Regent Emperor Eric Beringer give special thanks to Emperor Bobby Barnett and Empress Dee Dee Davis for their talents and hard work designing and building a fabulous Diner Set. Her Majesty Rona would like to thank her line, and the outstanding female line member of the year SuXanax. His Majesty Eric would like to thank Empress XV Jaycie Beringer for her love and support to Reign XVI. Eric also like to thank his Imperial Crown Prince Rudy Rohan for devotion and dedication to Reign XVI.