In 2017, Joey auditioned for the Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus. He was accepted, and used it as a way to come out as a Gay man to his parents. During this time, Joey also started exploring the leather community. He ran for Mr Long Beach Leather 2018. He placed first runner up, and learned a lot on that journey of who he is. In 2020, Eagle562 appointed him Mr Eagle562 Leather 2020, and used the platform to show that the leather community is more than just sex.
When COVID hit, he was invested into the International Imperial Court of Long Beach as an Imperial Prince during Reign 49. In 2021, he ran and was elected for Mr Gay Pride Long Beach raising over $4000 for the United Waves Scholarship Fund. He was also invested as an Imperial Crown Prince in Reign 50. For Reign 51, he was invested as Imperial Crown Prince Royale. He has served on the Board of Directors since reign 50, as a general member and Vice President. In 2022, he was voted by the community to be the 52nd Elected Emperor of the International Imperial Court of Long Beach.
Out side of his court life, Joey is a member of South Coast Chorale, a LGBTQIA2+ choir in Long Beach. He is currently an Assistant Manager for Starbucks, where he is a member of PRIDE partner network, and is in a committed relationship with his partner David.
Sah’Shey started her journey with the International Imperial Court of Long Beach as candidate and winner of Miss Gay Pride Long Beach 2008 and became a princess that year and ran again for Miss Gay Pride 2009, the second Miss Gay to win 2 years in a row. She has since then have been volunteering for the ICS and loves to give back to her community. Her organizations she loves to fundraise and volunteer for was introduced by the imperial court system is “The Center and California Families in Focus”.
She has lived in Long Beach since 2006 and has worked for Hamburger Mary’s Long Beach for 15 years. She has hosted at LB Pride Parade and the Mainstage for Festival Gay Latino. She has worked with the youth at the Center and the Family Fun Zone. She has received the Karina Samala Trans Advocate Award and the Mother House Award. She also campaigned to become the 44th Elected Empress and won and sadly lost her title but she stayed with the court that same year and has never left.
Sah’Shey has worked hard and earned respect from her court and the ICS through the years. Last year she became Ms. Long Beach Pride 2022 and is the first court member to receive a Humanitarian award from the City of Long Beach called the UNity Trans advocate award which was recognized by the California State Senate, the City of Long Beach and Los Angeles Mayor, The California Congress and our Governor. She is very honored and blessed to have a second chance to work for her community alongside her Emperor Joey who she loves and respects.
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