This page was most recently updated by the webmaster on February 11th, 2020

The United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire

The oldest GLBT organization in Southern Colorado – The Highest Court in all the Land!

What We Do

The United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire conducts charitable and public service projects and events to benefit legitimate charities, and we provide social and charitable activities for the benefit of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

We are a 501(c)3 organization and your donations are tax deductible.

Click on the buttons below to find out more about the United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire:

One Dollar At A Time

That mantra drives the United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire’s fundraising efforts. Now in its 43rd year, the group raises between $12,000 and $15,000 per year for local charities like Inside Out Youth Services and the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. They collect donations dollar-by-dollar — from tips at charity drag shows to auctions and other volunteer works.

“To make philanthropy a fad is my goal,” says Anthony Merkle. His drag persona,Shelby G. Moorehead, holds the title Empress XL for UCPPE. His partner,Travis Henderson, serves as Emperor XL. It’s unusual for an Emperor and Empress to be a couple, because the positions are elected, but it’s not unheard of.

The Court is an all-inclusive organization, welcoming members who are “gay, straight, bi, lesbian, transgender; our membership comes very heavily from all of those groups,” says Henderson. They have members of all ages and backgrounds.

“We have members who have been alongside fighting through the AIDS crisis, fighting for marriage equality, fighting through the most recent tragedy in Orlando,” adds Merkle. “That’s what the Court system does. We take any kind of negativity in our community, and we turn it into a positive way for us to stand up for what we see as right.”

The money that the Court raises goes to a variety of local charities, as selected by the Emperor and Empress. Being 100 percent volunteer-run, UCPPE shares volunteers with many other local organizations. While they’ve always been good at raising money, Henderson and Merkle are focused on being more visible in the community, breaking down walls and teaming up with other organizations.

“There was a time that you could go out to the bars and everyone knew who the Court was,” says Merkle.

They hope to make that true again.

Our Reigning Monarchs

Emperor 44 Nic and Empress 44 Autumn

Our Charitable Work

Charitable Organizations We Support:



Pikes Peak MCC

A Kidz Hope Homes Inc

Urban Peak

Colorado Leatherfest

Chihuahua & Small Dog Rescue

Pikes Peak Hospice

Wounded Warrior Project

Save Me Scout Rescue

BuildABear Workshop

Rainbow Rose Scholarship Fund

Silver Key Services

Transformative Freedom Fund


One Nation Walking Together

Marian House

Inside/Out Youth Services

Peak Area Gender Expressions (PAGE)

Special Olympics

In 2017 (Reign 41) We Raised


for 11 Charities!

Our Monarchs and line members work to raise money through donations at our performances. The money we raise is then given back to the community at the end of each year. We get all our money from the generosity of those who attend our shows and donate. Come join us at our next event to see more about what we do, and help us to help those in our community, one dollar at a time.

* The actual amount raised was higher than this.  We are gathering the figures for disbursements that were given out at times other than Winter Cotillion.

Royals at Winter Cotillion

Where We Meet

3430 North Academy Blvd.

Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917


Leave a Reply


Sean Gooden President of the Board of Advisors


Ed Sanders WebMaster


Dan Alexander Treasurer


Anka Shayne Empress 43


Our Address:


P.O. Box 6925

Colorado Springs, Colorado 80934


Organizations For Which We Raise Money:


 MCC Church


 Citizens Project


 Inside Out

The Humane Society

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Silver Key

Bars That Help Us Raise Money

Club Q

Business and Organizations that Support Us

The Pikes Peak Summit Masters


Our Mother Court

The Imperial Court of the Rocky Mountain Empire
Denver, Colorado

Our Daughter Court

The United Court of the Sandias, Inc.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Our Sister Court

The Imperial Court of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Our Brother Court

The Imperial Court of Nebraska
Omaha, Nebraska

Our Brother Court

The Imperial Court of Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona


Feel Free To Contact Us: