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Miss Sable Gordon, known in day-to-day life as a local man named Rick, has been making flashy appearances for 18 years. Rick does not consider himself transgendered; he dresses female "for the fun of it, for the entertainment purpose and for the purpose of helping the community."

He is a member of The United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire, which is part of the International Court System, a nationwide gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organization. For 31 years, the North American-wide group has promoted equal rights for the GLBT community and fundraising for various good causes.

The Pikes Peak group organizes fundraisers and benefits for numerous local organizations, including the Southern Colorado AIDS Project, the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind and Meals on Wheels.

At least a couple fundraisers are held each month. Though the gamut runs from turkey shoots to auctions, the UCPPE most commonly puts on drag shows. Queens, kings and other members of the GLBT community perform skits and sing, lip-synch or dance.

Each year, an emperor and empress are elected by court members in each separate location. Gordon, the Pikes Peak region's 2007 "Princess Royal," will be working closely with newly elected empress, Miss Sharin Peters, to organize this year's various benefits and fundraisers.

"I do it for the adrenaline you get when performing on stage," Rick says. "It's fun to get up there, do something different and make others happy."

Christina A. Roller

photo by Jon Kelley

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