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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.

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This campaign is a senior project of sister maeJoy B. withU, spi., and is a "work in progress."  While supported by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc., any strong opinions are probably hers, or someNun otherZ.

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A Nun on Your Side


Sister maeJoy is a "Hydrationista" [urban dictionary] - meaning that she is over the top at reminding people to stay hydrated.

Face it... if you were put into a blender and centrifuged down, what would be remaining is up to 85% water, with the rest being assorted collections of Calcium, Nitrogen, Carbon, a little potassium & a few other amino acids. So, clearly, you don't have to be a water sign, the truth is you are full of water.  that's because water holds many important roles for us to be able to function humanly.  Water keeps out blood liquified so that oxygen can be circulated throughout our bodies. Water is a large part of our sexual secretions. Water is the driving force behind the work of our kidneys & our liver. Water is also key for the maintenance of body's temperature.  Think about drinking water, and carry it with you in eco-friendly containers that will not be confiscated from you at venues.

Please note: water is not:  Jack Daniels, Coffee, Tea, a drink on "the rocks", or orange juice.  Water is Water and your body needs water. if you're drinking alcohol or practicing other co-factors of various natures and tendencies (see that section) it's important to drink water in order to rid the body of the some of the by-products of that co-factor.


We are what we eat, so if you don't eat how can you be anything?  (Other than a cranky friend that doesn't have the energy to make it the next event/party/activity you promised your friends you would be at two hours ago.)

Plan ahead to carry food with you, with enough emergency rations for a friend you might run into as well.  Nuts, dried fruits, & energy bars are small enough to carry in a backpack so you can re-fuel before you run outta gas.


Whether you're visiting San Francisco, or going to Pride somewhere else, take time to purchase a map of where you will be & do some planning in advance for an enJOYable Pride Celebration wherever you are going to be. Check out weather conditions, how public transportations systems work, where the geographic locations of "Queer" exist, and if you are staying with friends, take the time to create working agreements so that you will have an enjoyable visit with them.  If possible, take an extra day off for more relaxed travel.  Don't get caught in a bad area, in the cold, without a jacket, water or a little food.


Co-factors of various natures and tendencies [Sex & Drugs] can interfere with hydration, nutrition, relaxation & visitation in addition affecting your own personal behavior, communication skills & friendships in all types of sordid ways. check out the Sisters "Play Fair" booklet for more information about sex.

  • If drugs (prescription or non-prescription) are a part of your pride lifestyle, think about securing them ahead of time from trusted individuals that you have done business before.  Waiting until the last minute can add stress, humiliation and expense to your pride experience, and can even end up ruining your entire Pride.
  • If you might need a prescription, think about filling it ahead of time, or traveling with your prescription.
  • If you are traveling to new areas make sure to take the time to check out the laws of the land you will be on regarding that particular drug you are wishing to consume.
  • Finally, if you plan on incorporating any Co-factors into your pride please take the time to read the sections on Hydration & Nutrition two more times.


For information on how to play safe and play fair, check this out!


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Some of the flyers produced
by the QP! campaign.

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