Who are the Sisters?

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence® is a leading-edge Order of queer nuns. Since our first appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979, the Sisters have devoted ourselves to community service, ministry and outreach to those on the edges, and to promoting human rights, respect for diversity and spiritual enlightenment. We believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty and we use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit.

A Nun on Your Side

Though Sisters always want you to indulge when it comes to life (heck, it's part of our name, you know), nevertheless you want you to do it (whatever it is) safely. Below are some of our on-going campaigns that aim to keep you safe and, remember, you always
have a nun on your side.

• Play Fair
Safer sex techniques intended to give you the basics and encourage you to get informed, have fun and lose the guilt.

• Stop The Violence
Stop The ViolenceA practical guide on how to stay safer in the streets, as well as resources if you are the victim of a crime.

• QP!
Sister maeJoy's tips on how to take care of yourself during Pride, or at any time for that matter.

• Bicycling Safety
Stop The ViolenceWe're lucky to live in a city that makes it fun and easy to get around on two wheels. The Sistes want to make sure San Francisco cyclers get around safely and smoothly, so we're offering you some nunly biking wisdom.

It Gets Better

An anti-bullying message
in support of the
Trevor Project's
It Gets Better campaign.

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Welcome to the Sisters
Sisters Fireside Chat PDF Print E-mail
The Sisters Fireside Chat: The Pink Elephant in the Room
AKA: The Future of Pink Saturday
Where: Eureka Valley Rec Center
When: September 10, 2014, 6-8 Pm
Moderator: Sister Mora Lee D'Klined, Abbess/President
Meeting Secretary: Sister Desi Groan
Treasurer: Sister Anni Coq"l Doo
Chair Emeritus: Sister Selma Soul
Community Representatives:
Supervisor Scott Wiener
SFPD (Capt. Dan Perea, Officers Cross and Pandofi
CCOP (Castro Community On Patrol)
MUMC (Merchants of Upper Market and Castro)
EVNA (Eureka Valley Neighborhood Associaton)
CBD (Castro Business District)
Agenda: As the Sisters explore hosting Pink Saturday for 2015, we invite all in the community, both Castro Community MUMC members, residents, and residents of surrounding neighborhoods to join in the discussion. We all recognize that the event has evolved dramatically over the years, and this meeting will explore issues around cost (both to the city, local business, and the Sisters), Safety (of residents, event goers, and Sisters), and explore options for evolution of the event should the Sisters plan to host the event in 2015.
The Sisters have a long and cherished history of making this event a queer community event. All can agree that the atmosphere of the event has changed dramatically over the last several years. Our goal is primarily, the safety of all in attendance in and around the event footprint, and for this we rely on help from the City, SFPD, and organizations like CCOP (Castro Community On Patrol) and residents in our communities. If Pink Saturday continues as a Sister Event, we want to bring Pink Saturday back to its Queer Community Glory Days, but we can't do it without your help and input. Be prepared to tell us what worked, what didn't, but more importantly, what your suggestions might be to improve the event and make this a viable and safe community event.
Join us as we discuss the big Pink Elephant in the room, and help mold the future of your community!
It’s Big. It’s Pink. Let’s Pull Its Trunk and Whip It In to Shape
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Deviance, Justice & Art PDF Print E-mail
Red Nun
Wed, Aug 27 2014 - 6:00pm
Panelists TBA
Location: SF Club Office
5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program
$20 non-members, $8 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Program Organizer: Wes McGaughey
This program is part of the 2014 Platforum series The LGBT Journey, sponsored by Ernst & Young
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is a global charitable order of sexual orientation and identity minorities and supporters. It seeks to vanquish stigma about LGBT life and address what it sees as internalized homophobia within LGBT communities through art and social deviance. The sisters dress as nuns in drag and participate in communities in a similar fashion to traditional Catholic nuns, but with a very different message and decorum. From supporting LGBT non-profits through grant making and advocacy to supporting the marginalized on an individual level, the group has been a positive force in the LGBT community since the early days of the LGBT rights movement.
This program showcases the sisters both as social justice change agents and performance artists. The discussion will cover their goals and successes – from non-profits to individual support. There also will be a retrospective of their costumes, donned by current members, followed by a discussion.
Oakland Pride 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Oakland Pride: 2014
Sunday August 31st
Parade starts at 10:30am
Festival from 11am-7pm
$10 for grand stand seats to the parade
Festival is $10 for adults $5 for 12 and under
It is the mission of Oakland Pride to celebrate the cultures and diversity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community in Oakland and the East Bay. We are dedicated to educating the greater community, promoting equality, civic involvement and responsibility within Oakland and neighboring communities. Oakland Pride is committed to facilitating leadership and coalition building for the funding and development of the first LGBTQ community center in Oakland for everyone.
Project Nunway VI: Heretics of Fashion PDF Print E-mail
Up Your Alley 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Up Your Alley 2014
Sunday, July 27, 11am - 6pm
On Dore Alley between Howard and Folsom, continuing on Folsom from 9th to Juniper and the adjoining block of 10th St.
$10 suggested donation at the gates
The smaller, and some say the more local and intimate, of the two Folsom Street fairs, Up Your Alley's gates will once again be "manned" by Sisters to collect your donations. On your way in give us a squeeze, a pinch or a goose - but be sure to give it until hurts - before entering San Francisco's street party for the leather, kink and alternative adult lifestyle communities. Funds collected help support a multitude of San Francisco-based and national charities.

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