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    Sister Dana sez, “As former First Lady Nancy Reagan used to say…”

    Words of Wisdumb from a Fun Nun–

    By Sister Dana Van Iquity–

    Sister Dana sez, “As former First Lady Nancy Reagan used to say: ‘Just say NO to drugs’; I say: ‘Just vote NO to the Newsom recall!'”

    Governor Newsom is on the BRINK of losing to Larry Elder, a right-wing RADICAL radio talk show host who thinks ROE V. WADE should be overturned! He wants abortion OUTLAWED! Elder has pushed the conspiracy theory that the COVID-19 vaccine is a population control method created by Bill Gates. He promoted the idea that the Delta variant was intentionally unleashed by the government. If Republicans get their wish, the biggest state in the union will have an anti-woman, conspiracy extremist in charge. Please vote NO to the recall!

    For further encouragement, President Biden just stated, “Governor Newsom is leading California through unprecedented crises. Keep him on the job, and keep California moving forward!”

    DRAG OUT THE VOTE is proud to announce that they are partners in the nationwide march to support voting rights. The march will take place on August 28 in cities around the country. Since January, 48 states have introduced 389 bills that amount to blatant voter suppression and, unfortunately, many have already become law. https://bit.ly/3yZQthW

    GLIDE’s CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF JANICE MIRIKITANI took place in person and online on Sunday, August 15. It was a beautiful celebration and a wonderful tribute to the beloved Co-Founder and former GLIDE Foundation President. The memorial featured music, live performances, poetry, and remarks from GLIDE President & CEO Karen Hanrahan, Minister of Celebration Marvin K. White, elected officials, community leaders, family members, and friends, with reflections on Janice by The Reverend Cecil Williams. The Celebration honored Janice’s legacy and unwavering advocacy for the city’s most marginalized, which continues in GLIDE’s ongoing mission to serve those in need.

    Congratulations to Pete & Chasten Buttigieg, who are in the adoption process of becoming first-time parents! This is their dream come true.

    Steve Maryweather, AKA Agent Mary, was once the Golden Boy of the AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (AIA), until he came out as gay. Unable to fire him, the Agency sent him off to West Hollywood, to disappear into obscurity. Instead, he assembled a misfit squad of LGBTQ+ geniuses. Joining forces with the expert mechanic Deb, master of drag and disguise Twink, and hacker Stat—together they are Q-FORCE. But they must put up with a new member of the squad: straight-guy Agent Buck. Did you guess that this is an animation series from NETFLIX? It is available starting September 2. Here’s the trailer: https://bit.ly/2Ue1gG1

    SAN FRANCISCO GAY MEN’S CHORUS serves some serious fierceness with Todrick Hall‘s classic “NAILS, HAIR, HIPS, HEELS.” Such fun! Shablam! https://bit.ly/3yPCyuM

    In a dangerous new video, Rand Paul says, “No one should follow the CDC,” and that if everyone fights mask requirements and other COVID-19 safety measures, “they can’t arrest all of us.” With COVID-19 cases and deaths surging, it has been called his “mass murder manifesto.”

    After spending almost a year and a half in Florida helping her mother during the pandemic, Lisa Geduldig (of “Kung Pao Kosher Comedy” fame) returns to the Bay Area and produces “COMEDY AL FRESCO,” an outdoor comedy night on the patio of El Rio, 3158 Mission Street in San Francisco’s Mission District, on Thursday September 2, 8 pm. This “hybrid” show will also be live-streamed on YouTube Live and available for viewing afterwards. Comedians performing: Karinda Dobbins, Nina G, Arjun Banerjee, Bob McIntyre, and Lisa Geduldighttps://www.koshercomedy.com/

    SAN FRANCISCO PRIDE 2022 Parade is Sunday, June 26; Celebration is Saturday, June 25–26. Have a great suggestion for what next year’s theme should be? Submit your ideas by Wednesday, September 8. Membership will choose from the list of suggestions at the Annual General Meeting. https://tinyurl.com/49mv94ux

    Sister Dana sez, “The latest research finds that one out of five Americans oppose the Covid vaccine. This is sickening. And I am sick … of wearing masks!”

    “Remember, we can’t live forever!” That was Marjorie QAnon Greene’s idiotic response when asked about the dangerous overcrowding of hospitals and pediatric wards from this latest COVID-19 surge. True, but we CAN live with an extremely painful, lingering, frightening progression towards death. Just shoot Marjie Q … with the vaccine!

    This week, the biotech company MODERNA will start human trials for its HIV vaccine. Its HIV vaccine will be the first of its kind to use messenger RNA (mRNA), an approach that Moderna used in its effective COVID-19 vaccine. 

    Fairy magic is all about connecting to oneself, to each other, and to the planet. Fairies have been around for thousands of years and bring creativity, magic, connection, and positivity wherever they go. This Earth needs fairy magic now more than ever. So go check out LUNA RIENNE Art Gallery at 3318 22nd Street @ Valencia for HOW TO KNOW YOU ARE A FAIRY. These are absolutely charming acrylic on ink pieces by Amandalynn and Lady Mags—now on display through September 6. https://lunarienne.com/#shows

    A recent poll has found that 62% of Americans say the war in Afghanistan was not worth fighting, including 57% of Republicans.

    Sister Dana sez, “Americans are no longer willing to fight an endless war.”

    Of course, we are deeply troubled about what has happened with Afghan women, but that is a role for diplomacy and humanitarian efforts—but not war.

    COMFORT & JOY warmly invites you to the fifth PLAYA IN THE GROVE, a fabulous afternoon of art, music, connection, and other festivities in partnership with the NATIONAL AIDS MEMORIAL GROVE. For this free celebration of our amazing queer community on August 28, noon to 5 pm, C&J feels the sacred Memorial Grove is the perfect magical space to revel and relax in as they honor our past and envision our future.

    Remembering Ambassador Jim Hormel, January 1, 1933 – August 13, 2021:

     “He was there with us from the very beginning,” said John Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer of the NATIONAL AIDS MEMORIAL. “Jim was a pillar of our community and our nation, a person of great courage, empathy, and generosity—a hero to so many. Consider and celebrate the extraordinary difference Jim made in countless lives, and the powerful legacy he leaves behind.” 

    “We mourn the loss of a true titan in our LGBTQ+ movement—a trailblazer, a mentor, and a friend to all those who sought his counsel during his decades of leadership and advocacy,” said EQUALITY CALIFORNIA Executive Director Rick Chavez Zbur. “Ambassador James Hormel defined our community’s resilience—representing our nation with honor and distinction in the face of vile hate and discrimination. In the years since his diplomatic service, Jim has been unyieldingly generous with his time and his resources, working tirelessly to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ+ people.”

    A message from NCLR stated: “A tireless philanthropist, his support for democracy and civil liberties served as a beacon of hope well before supporting LGBTQ causes was fashionable. Jim was an early supporter of NCLR, always understanding the imperative that the protection of our families is central to our equality, the importance of our intersectional approach to civil rights, and the shared belief that freedoms are inextricably linked, so our fight for justice must include all of us. His love of San Francisco and his support of so many of our institutions will ensure his legacy is felt for generations to come.”

    (See page 9 of this issue for more tributes.)

    The Mocas Group is pleased to be hosting FACE TO FACE, an exhibit of new work in Deidre DeFranceaux’s “SISTERS AND QUEENS” portrait series. This new work is the artist’s creative meditation on friendship and aspirations of joy produced within the prism (or should that be prison?) of Covid confinement. The show will be up from now through September 30 at 3150 18th Street, Room 219. Viewings are available by appointment or during one of their scheduled receptions. When I was invited on August 19, the show was hosted by Sister Plush Lovebud and Sister Tilda Next Time. https://www.mocasart.com/

    SUNDAY SLOW STREETS presents SIDEWALK SALON by ARTSAVESLIVES and curator Thomasina DeMaio every Sunday, noon to 5 pm at Noe and Market. When I attended on August 15, the artists in person and whose beautiful works were on display included Billy Douglas, Carl Linkhart, Pamela Heyda, Alan Beckstead, Ramona Soto, Matt Pipes, Anthony Anchundo, and DeMaio.

    Trump-appointed Postmaster Louis DeJoy, the main driver of destroying our U.S. POSTAL SERVICE, is profiting from the inside. This is a major conflict of interest, and he is trying to do away with mail-in voting. We must demand President Biden fire DeJoy immediately!

    Sister Dana sez, “DeJoy brings no Joy to us!”

    Published on August 26, 2021