About Us

Welcome to the Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire

Now in our 43rd Reign – The Reign of Strength, Unity and Service

 Who Is the Royal Court?

The Royal Court is a registered 501 c(3) organization and is, in fact, Utah’s oldest LGBTQ+ Organization. Founded in 1976, we were originally established as a social organization for the LGBTQ+ community of Utah to have a safe place to gather and raise money for various groups and organizations in Utah.  We have been a part of many firsts in the Salt Lake City LGBTQ+ community and even started the yearly pride celebration that is so popular today.  Many members of our Founders Table are still around and still a part of the many great things that we do.

As the years progressed, and the issues facing the community changed, our focus changed to helping individuals in need. We began focusing on people dealing with Cancer, HIV / Aids, the Youth, and Transgender individuals, just to name a few. We have many funds that our community members may apply to for financial assistance.  We have our Peoples Concern Fund, Transgender Fund, AIDS Fund, and Cancer Fund, along with many other funds.  Visit our Funds and Applications section to see more information on assistance. Throughout the years we have been able to give out over $1,000,000.00 to the community of Salt Lake City.

Some of the yearly fundraisers we have are our yearly Snowball Event which is the culmination of months of fundraising done by our Prince Royale and Princess royale for our PWA Christmas Fund.  At the conclusion of that event, all monies in that fund are given to people living with HIV / Aids to be used at christmas time. We also have our Pageants; Closet Ball, Golden Spike Universe, Gay Utah, King and Queen of Hearts and Gay Pride.  These pageants are open to anyone in our community and gives them a great opportunity to show off their talents and compete for a title.

The Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire, or R.C.G.S.E., is a volunteer organization, overseen by a Board of Directors who are there to keep things running and keep the focus on our community and our Mission Statement, which is:

“We will enrich our community through positive leadership, strengthening friendships and providing assistance to those who need us.”

The focus of the Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire is where it has been for over 40 years, on the individuals of the community of Salt Lake City.  We are a volunteer organization open to anyone who has the drive to work hard, raise money and be a positive example and influence for our LGBTQ+ family and the community of Salt Lake City.  We thank you for visiting our website and if you have any questions, please visit our Contact Us page to see how to get ahold of us!