This article was published on October 12th, 2017
Sisters are doing it for themselves, and for the entire LGBT community! The last time Homoculture checked in with superstar philanthropist Sister Roma and the other nuns of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Order, they were doing, then, what they continue to do today: give time, energy, and help bring donations to causes within the community that extend services to others. Today, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence continue to spread philanthropic love across the land.
While Sister Roma is celebrating her 30th year as a nun with the order, some sisters are pushing 40 years as a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence, making a difference in the community around them. With chapters in 32 states, Washington D.C., and nine other countries, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are active on four continents. The ladies have raised millions of dollars for various charities and continue to do charitable work around the world.
Their mission statement is clear:
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.
What started out in 1979 San Francisco as a high-camp protest and social/political commentary by a bunch of a queer men, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence has grown to a respected international non-profit network dedicated to campaigning and advocating for human rights and charities that support LGBT-causes.
These days, the sisters are still up to all good, continuously working on—especially in light of the US and global political climate and current events—issues impacting the LGBT community. Two current major initiatives Sister Roma and fellow nuns have taken on include:
1) A fundraiser at Castro Theatre promoting new films supporting Rainbow Railroad (different organizations helping LGBT people escape Chechnya), film that is going on tour starting at the Atlanta gay film festival in October.
2) Organizing and assisting in resist marches against Trump and his non-sense political actions undoing the years of work on LGBT rights and equality.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence continue their ongoing advocacy work on LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS awareness, etc. The order has recently joined forces with Amazon Smile to make donating directly to organizations simpler. In San Francisco, on every Tuesday night, the sisters host a karaoke night at Studs Bar and plan a series of events throughout the month. All the while, giving back to their community through joint efforts with different agencies. For all their amazing, charitable work, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence might have to be nicknamed the Sister of Perpetual Philanthropy.
For more information on other events, charities that the Sisters of Perpetual indulgence works with, or to become a nun/get involved yourself, visit: www.thesisters.org