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    Sister Dana sez, “After the First Debate, I have to agree with Joe Biden…”

    By Sister Dana Van Iquity–

    Words of Wisdumb from a Fun Nun–

    Sister Dana sez, “After the First Debate, I have to agree with Joe Biden that Trump is ‘the worst president America has ever had.’ No debate there!”

    During FOLSOM STREET FAIR, hosted by LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District & Folsom Street Events—which was only virtual because of you-know-what—attendees had a fun, raunchy trip through the world of kink, featuring the first-ever Fetish Runway! They played SOMA Trivia, joined a Discussion Room, tried some MST3K-style adult video riffing, and cruised the Consent Cubicles. Of course, it was nothing like being in the flesh, but nothing is with these crappy Covid cubicles we are all forced to communicate from.

    Hosted by SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE, INC., Sisters from Orders all over the world and their friends will come together to celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg on October 9, 7 pm, at Castro and Market Streets. The Sisters will saint her with the title of “Saint Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Mensch of Magistrates, Mamele of Justice, and Tzadik Notorious RBG of the Divine Striking Dissent.” SPI is not a religious organization, but we are made up of people representing many religions, spiritual practices, and faiths. We do recognize and respect that RBG was proudly Jewish and we do not feel by sainting her that we are in any way disrespecting her faith. We have sainted many people who identify as Jewish—and, in fact, Harvey Fierstein was so tickled that he said he couldn’t wait to tell his rabbi. We are honoring the life of our Notorious RBG to help make sure her legacy will live forever. This will be online, via a live feed on our page: https://www.facebook.com/SFSisters/

    Meanwhile, anti-LGBTQ activist Brian Brown told supporters that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee will be essential to ensuring that rights “for homosexuals and the so-called transgendered … will no longer see the light of day.”

    Sister Dana sez, “Trump insists on continually incorrectly calling this ‘the China virus.’ Let’s give credit where credit is due. Let’s call it ‘The Trump virus.'”

    Hundreds of us remembered the incomparable Matthew Simmons/Peggy L’eggs (who passed peacefully and unexpectedly on September 8) at the online memorial, PEGGY L’EGGS CELEBRATION OF LIFE on September 26. Hosted by Peaches Christ & Heklina, the Twitch virtual event included remembrances and performances from friends and family. We recalled with nostalgia the many delightful appearances that Peggy made at Trannyshack, Midnight Mass, Viva VarietyHypnodrome, and other venues.

    We heard from fellow SHANTI PROJECT worker Tina Garcia about the amazing work Matthew did at Shanti. We learned from high school buddies that her earlier character was Audrey, a wannabe pageant queen with tiara and sash who was forever recovering from some accident—sometimes in neck brace and other times on crutches. I first knew her as Peggy the unfortunate narcoleptic who kept briefly falling asleep and waking up and back to sleep during her hilarious monologues. Peggy was known for her amazing pratfalls. One of her many drag daughters, Vanilla Meringue, was also her makeup artist. We discovered Matthew was a fierce nerd member of the Fierce Read book club—along with Peaches, Timmy Spence, and Martiny. We had the pleasure of viewing videos of Peggy’s starring roles in Club Inferno, Annie, Panto, and Tenderloin StripperSister Merry Peter read stirring prose and spoke of Matthew encouraging MP to become a Nun. DRUNK DRAG BROADWAY presented several of her beautiful Broadway parody shows. She was also a singer/keyboardist with punk band PEPPERSPRAY, for which I had the privilege of attending their cast party when they opened for Cher at the Concord Pavilion. Raya Light lit candles and showed off her vast collection of Peggy/Matthew photos. Alexa & Tommy Salami spoke about OUT LOUD and their plans for a Peggy tribute zine (paper and online) of photos, audios, videos, and art from contributors (please submit these to foreverpeggyleggs@gmail.com ).       

    The memorial concluded with numerous slides and videos of Peggy in her many memorable moments with the background of Bjork singing “It’s Oh So Quiet.” As you know, the song starts off softly with shushing sounds and suddenly bursts into a riot of “zing! boom! wow! bam!”—so apropos of Peggy’s riotous personality! Following the memorial, we were invited to an online reception with Kylie Minono for more sharing of memories and conversation.

    THE SF LGBT CENTER’s annual SOIRÉE goes virtual on Saturday, October 10, 6 pm. Sister Roma debuts as emcee; Juanita MORE! returns as Entertainment Director; and LadyRyan returns as Party DJ. www.sfcenter.org/soiree2020

    NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY (NCOD) is an annual LGBTQ awareness day observed on October 11 to support LGBTQ people (and sometimes other groups typically grouped within that community) to “coming out of the closet.” First celebrated in the U.S. in 1988, the initial idea was grounded in the feminist and gay liberation spirit of the personal being political, and the emphasis on the most basic form of activism being coming out to family, friends, and colleagues. I don’t know about others, but Sister Dana cannot possibly come any further out of the closet!!!

    SPIRIT DAY is October 15. LGBTQ youth disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Every year, millions GO PURPLE for Spirit Day to support LGBTQ youth in a united stand against bullying. We can wear purple, make our social media purple, and take the purple pledge. https://www.glaad.org/spiritday

    Since 1998, the CASTRO STREET FAIR is proud to have given nearly $1.5 million back to its community beneficiaries. Last year alone they donated over $50,000 in proceeds to their amazing nonprofit beneficiary organizational partners to help them continue providing essential services to the communities in and around the Castro. Additionally, they are proud that they were able to support the purchase and maintenance of the world-famous Rainbow Flag that flies in Harvey Milk Plaza. Unfortunately, the coronavirus cancelled the open air fair, but folx can donate at https://castrostreetfair.org/fair/

    The GLBT HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM is now open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from noon to 5 pm. New ticketing and visitor policies have been adopted to comply with city and state health regulations and to ensure proper social distancing. Visitors must reserve their tickets online in advance. www.glbthistory.org

    Hosted by Peaches Christ and Marga Gomez and featuring performances by Freddie Seipoldt and Breanna Sinclairé, this year’s GLBT Historical Society GALA, “REUNION: MAKING HISTORY,” will be an evening of powerful performances, inspiring presentations, and a heartfelt celebration of LGBTQ history-makers. The proceeds directly support their mission of preserving and sharing LGBTQ history. More info and to register online: https://www.glbthistory.org/gala

    Lisa Geduldig presents LOCKDOWN COMEDY featuring comics Diane Amos, Scott Blakeman, Victor Pacheco, Lisa Geduldig, andLisa’smother, Arline Geduldig on Thursday, October 15, 7 pm, and every 3rd Thursday of the month. Zoom in and laugh along with the audience! https://www.koshercomedy.com/lockdown-comedy

    SPARK 2020 is TRANSGENDER LAW CENTER (TLC)‘s virtual event on Friday, October 16, 5 pm. This free gala has a fundraising goal to sustain their mission of keeping trans and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation. SPARK emcee is Honey Mahogany, activist, politico, and drag queen. Honey is an appointed member of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee, the co-founder of the Compton’s Transgender Cultural District, a co-owner of the Stud Bar, and a legislative aide in San Francisco. She’s gonna add a lotta sparkle to SPARK! If you are able, become a sponsor today, and help them raise $100k for TLC’s critical legal and advocacy services. https://transgenderlawcenter.org/

    Sister Dana sez, “Now that we know Commander-in-Cheat Trump paid only $750 income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, let’s start calling him ‘The $750 Man.'”

    SF GAY MEN’S CHORUS kicks off their virtual season on October 17, 6 pm, with a premiere of a new work by Andrew Lippa featuring Kristin Chenoweth and SFGMC; also recognizing Chasten Buttigieg. Tix free at: https://www.sfgmc.org/season-43

    Sister Dana sez, “Donald’s son, Eric Trump, raised eyebrows when he claimed he was part of the LGBTQ community during an interview on Fox News. He is not. And we don’t want him!”

    The LGBTQ+ BLACK LIVES MATTER UNITY TOWN HALL is a call for the community to come together to address and heal from anti-Black bias and systemized oppression. Straight allies and white allies are encouraged to join OPENHOUSE LGBT SENIOR CENTER on October 17 and 18, 1–3 pm. Panelists include Afrika America, Alex U. Inn, Aria Sa’id, Joe Hawkins, and Zwazzi Sowö. There will be small break-out groups to explore the issues further. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lgbtq-black-lives-matter-unity-town-hall-tickets

    Robert Reich, political analyst and author of his latest book, THE SYSTEM: Who Rigged It, How to Fix It, has revealed Mitch McConnell’s plan to DESTROY the United States Post Office, stating, “Mitch McConnell has been blocking $25 billion in funding for USPS for (now more than) 98 days.”

    Sister Dana sez, “We better vote Blue—or else boo-hoo-hoo!”

    Published on October 8, 2020