FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 13, 2015
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Sister Selma Soul
“Pink Saturday” 2015 Cancelled
SAN FRANCISCO ---
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will not be producing “Pink Saturday” in the Castro this year.
“Pink Saturday” is a fictitious business name registered by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc.
in San Francisco. Since 1995 the Sisters have been the organizers and permit holders of the annual
closure of Castro Street for the Saturday evening of Pride Weekend.
Pink Saturday has had a history of great joy for the community over the years.
During the time it has been produced by the Sisters it has raised hundreds of thousands of
dollars for community non-profits. Pink Saturday has been a very successful event and has grown
immensely since the early 90s. Unfortunately with that growth comes an increase in challenges.
“Pink Saturday has been increasingly difficult to produce in recent years,” says Sister Selma Soul,
coordinator of the event for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014. “An escalation in violence associated with
the event convinced us last summer that the event needed to significantly change if we were to produce it again.”
After months of meetings with community members, Supervisor Scott Wiener, the SFPD, and various city
agencies, no clear vision for the event has been developed that addresses the concerns of the community,
our volunteers and our members. Without a clear vision this close to Pride Weekend,
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have voted to suspend planning for 2015 and will not be applying
for a street closure in the Castro for Saturday, June 27, 2015.
The Sisters may explore new manifestations of “Pink Saturday” in future years, but at this time we are
suspending production. As a group composed solely of volunteers with no paid staff, the challenges that
have grown with the event are simply too great for our organization to address.
We thank the efforts of Supervisor Scott Wiener, the SFPD, and many community members to continue
this traditional Pride Weekend event. We offer support to any organization that may wish to pursue a
street closure permit for the evening of June 27, 2015, but we will not participate in a capacity that
would put the physical safety of our members and volunteers at risk that evening.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc. is a 21st Century Order of queer nuns. Since their first
appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979, the Sisters have been accused of "Ruining It For Everyone"
with their habitual injection of gaiety into serious affairs including human rights, political activism and
religious intolerance. The Sisters consider it their mission to "ruin" all detrimental conditions including
complacency, guilt and the inability to laugh at one's self.