If you’re interested in becoming a member of the United Court of Austin, please read over the Frequently Asked Questions below, and fill out the membership information form. You will be contact by a member of our board who will let you know how to proceed. Membership dues are $20 per year and are due at the time your official membership application is submitted. Or, if two members live in the same household, you can submit your dues as a couple and receive a discount. Membership dues for a couple are $30 for one year.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Court?
A court is a non-profit organization based on the form of a traditional monarchy. A Coronation is an annually held event, at which time an Emperor and an Empress are crowned, usually followed by an investiture, where the new monarchs name their lines of succession. All titles are camp in nature.
What is the purpose of the court?
The purpose is to raise charitable funds for other organizations of 501(c) 3 non-profit status, as well as offer an outlet for social interaction among those who appreciate or participate in entertainment or fundraising activities.
What are some of the organizations that Courts contribute to?
Courts traditionally contribute to organizations such as the various AIDS-related services in their communities. In Austin, some of the organizations that we support are: AIDS Services of Austin (ASA), Project Transitions, Breast Cancer Resource Center, Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico, SPCA, Battered Women’s Shelters, and Wright House Wellness Center (WHWC).
How does the Court compare to other organizations?
It may sound silly, but they are no different than any pageant, or fraternal organization, or club that adopts a particular lifestyle, way of dress, or hierarchy as its focus. Courts have been compared to Mardi Gras Krewes, The Shriners, etc.
How does the Court raise money?
The Court raises money through hosting various types of events. This includes hosting special parties, drag shows, raffles, donations from contributors, etc. Funds raised go directly to the agencies that the Court assists. The main purpose of fundraising activities is to support the needs of the communities they serve. The people that participate in the Court are 100% volunteers and none of the monies raised are used to pay an administrative staff.
How can a person benefit from being part of a Court?
The friendships made in and out of their home city can last a lifetime. It offers individuals the opportunity to grow, a chance to work as a team, the opportunity to compete, and to learn and do for the community.
Who can be involved in the court?
Anyone can be involved in the court. Though courts are traditionally comprised of members of the gay community, courts are open to ALL people, regardless of race, religion, creed, nationality, gender, age, physical ability, or sexual orientation.