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The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is a leading-edge Order of lovely queer nuns. Since 1979, they’ve devoted themselves 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."

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence first appeared in San Francisco on Easter Sunday in 1979. Ken Bunch (Sister Vicious PHB), Fred Brungard (Sister Missionary Position) and Baruch Golden were bored with the conformist atmosphere and went out into the streets to challenge the world. They went through the streets of San Francisco in full, traditional habits (and a machine gun for protection) down to the nude beach. While many were in shock and amazement when they saw the three original Sisters, most were interested and intrigued.

The founders convened their friends, chose their name (The Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence) and composed their mission statement: to promulgate universal joy and expiate stigmatic guilt.

Now, the Sisters are busy doing just that and more. The Sisters know how important it is to indulge in life, but they also want you to be safe and smart and to know that you always have a nun on your side. Below are some of their on-going campaigns:

Play Fair

Safer sex techniques intended to give you the basics and encourage you to get informed, have fun and lose the guilt. http://thesisters.org/index.php/play-fair

Stop the Violence

A practical guide on how to stay safer in the streets and helpful resources if you are the victim of a crime. http://thesisters.org/index.php/stop-the-violence

QP!

Sister maeJoy's tips on how to take care of yourself during Pride, or at any time for that matter. http://thesisters.org/index.php/qp

Bicycle Safety

We're lucky to live in a city that makes it fun and easy to get around on two wheels. The Sisters want to make sure San Francisco cyclers get around safely and smoothly, so they’re offering you some nunly biking wisdom (and helmet bedazzling tips!). http://thesisters.org/index.php/bicycle-safety

For more information about the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and what they’re up to next, visit: http://thesisters.org/

[Photos: thesisters.org, missionmission.org, wikimedia]