These fabulous men, known as The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, have, since first appearing on Easter Sunday 1979, in San Francisco, used their wondrous gift for amazing parody to expose and make fun of the forces of bigotry, complacency, and guilt that beset modern society, in their opinions.
In fact, they are part of the world-wide Sisters and Brothers of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence, formed in response to attacks by fundamentalist religious organisations on the queer community, with simple tenets – they maintain that though the eradication of guilt, and the promotion of universal joy, they can halt intolerance of those daring to be different.
All for Charity!
Sisters and Brothers challenge gender stereotypes by dressing up in heavy make-up and nun’s habits, though they are not a religious order at all – simply wanting to banish organised religious refusal to accept queers as equal members of society with a right to their sexuality – so they celebrate at public events, organize demonstrations, do fund-raising, perform memorials and generally have a ball dressed in drag any chance they get.
The beauty of this glorious, gorgeous, global collective of queer performance artists is that they are to the last member devoted to the promotion of human rights, showing the greatest respect for human diversity, and encouraging spiritual enlightenment in others. These wonderful people are a truly extraordinary group, in that they have unselfishly devoted themselves to ongoing programmes such as community service, ministry and outreach to those in need, appearing to be firm in their belief that all people have a unique joy and beauty which they deserve by right to express as they see fit.
These irreverent and sometimes shocking Sisters are well known for employing humour and satirical wit to expose the nasty aspects to society which they see as guilty of chaining the human spirit. This incredible charity group marked World Aids Day in 2011 with the so-called Project Nunway, pairing those gay, male sisters with well-known fashion designers, but employing only recycled materials to create fashions. This meant that the catwalk on the day was a font of irreverent and timeless wit, the obvious dedication of the sisters to promulgating universal joy was wonderfully laid out for all to see.
That joyful, green fashion led celebration of all things being capable of being recycled gave a galaxy of onlookers enormous pleasure- The imagination and innovation displayed in these stunning costumes was quite breath-taking – and what might easily have been the craziest catwalk you could ever wish to see was a sign that, with luck, these generous, outrageous and appealing philanthropists will keep going for many years yet, and bringing us pleasure in abundance.
Fun and games?
Images sourced at – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sisters_of_Perpetual_Indulgence
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