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It’s Official


Damian Ross, graphic designeer, and Gary Cosgrove, president of a nonprofit

What’s the story with the king get-ups?
That’s part of the Imperial Court of New York, where Damian works. It’s based on the European royalty system. You join as a lord or a lady (most of the ladies are drag queens), and you rise through the ranks as you raise money for LGBT charities.

And I presume you’ve gotten to the highest rank?
Yes, I was made an emperor eleven years ago, and D became an emperor ten years ago.

Those outfits have to be hot.
We’re soaking. My robe weighs about 100 pounds; it probably weighed twenty this morning. But we just figured if we were going to do it, let’s do it all the way.

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