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    Sister Dana sez, “Happy St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)!”

    By Sister Dana Van Iquity–

    Sister Dana sez, “Happy St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)! Even though I’m Irish and will surely drink green beer and Irish whiskey on that day, I still will never quite understand why we celebrate a man who drove the snakes out of Ireland.”

    UNITED NATIONS’ observance of INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY was held on March 8. The theme was “Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world, on the way to the Generation Equality Forum.” This was a way of celebrating the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    March is WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH. Accordingly, NGO CSW/NY organizes the civil society side of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The NGO CSW Forum runs parallel to the official session taking place at the U.N. Headquarters. This provides civil society the opportunity to engage in the processes and CSW sessions without ECOSOC-accreditation or a U.N. grounds pass. Over the two weeks of the U.N. CSW, NGO CSW/NY organizes more than 500 free events that inform, engage, and inspire grassroots efforts and advocacy needed to empower women and girls. This year, the NGO CSW65 Forum will be entirely virtual from March 14–26. https://ngocsw.org/ngocsw65/

    Sister Dana sez, “Beware the Ides of March! Do people say that anymore? It’s literally March 15, the day Roman Emperor Caesar was assassinated. So now you know. So?!”

    The number of adult Americans who identify as part of the LGBTQ community continues to grow, according to a new GALLUP poll. 5.6% identify as part of the queer community, up 1.1% from the last survey. 86.7% identified as straight. “An additional 3.3% volunteer another non-heterosexual preference or term to describe their sexual orientation, such as queer or same-gender-loving,” Gallup mentions.

    Here’s an encouraging note from LGBTQ VICTORY INSTITUTE Director of Domestic Programs Sarah Pope: “In every training I attend, I’m reminded that LGBTQ people continue to defy the predictions of bigots. In fact, there are more out leaders than ever before—over 978 LGBTQ elected officials (many of whom trained with Victory Institute!) currently hold office—there are nine out members of Congress, and only three states have never elected an out state legislator.”

    Miss bear hugs? So do we Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence! The Sisters are excited to partner with the BEARS OF SAN FRANCISCO on the inaugural BEARRISON STREET FAIR. Although we can’t predict the future, we are pushing forward with plans for October 30 at Harrison and 11th Street in SOMA. Depending on the damn-demic. https://www.bearrison.org/

    TRANS VOICES was a virtual night of poetry, comedy, and music on February 26 by STRUT, SAN FRANCISCO AIDS FOUNDATION, and Pearl Teese. We were warmly welcomed by Community Events Manager at San Francisco AIDS Foundation Baruch Porras Hernandez, who happily announced that Strut is now giving the Moderna vaccine (I like to call it “the Dolly Parton vax”) to anyone 65 years and older. Call their vaccine hotline at 628-877-1035.  Our charming host was Strut artist-in-residence Pearl Teese. Two-spirit Mason J. recited their original three riveting poems. Lisa Evans gave their sometimes ghostly, other times BLM, and still other poems with a hint of alchemy. Empress Mimi Osa joined in to brush us up on Imperial Court history and announce her and Emperor William Bulkley‘sofficial stepping down date on April 24. LA comedian of “Women Who Kill” podcast Kai Choyce cracked us up with contemporary comedy—edibles, dog walkers, Karens, etc. Mikaelela Kendrick spoke of her journey from romance to abuse and back in poetry, and then wowed us with an original blues song that eventually turned into a powerful self-affirmation for all of us. Pearl Teese closed this stunning show with a sashay shantay killer drag fashion promenade for days! Look for the next Trans Voices on May 26, 7pmhopefully live at Strut at 470 Castro!

    Sister Dana sez, “Has ANY fellow Repugnican Congress person called out Rep. Marjie QAnon Greene for mocking the Transgender Pride Flag?? Anyone?!”

    Great news for fresh veggie and fruit lovers! The annual CASTRO FARMERS’ MARKET will reopen on March 17. The Castro Farmers’ Market is open Wednesdays, March 17 through November, 2:30 pm–7:30 pm at Noe and Market Streets. It’s the best place to shop for seasonal fruits and veggies, as well as other local goods like honey, eggs, or artisan cheese. https://www.facebook.com/CastroFarmersMarket

    Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association (EVNA) public meeting, Panel on the Future of Transportation in San Francisco, is Thursday, March 25, 7 pm–8:30 pm. Featuring SFMTA Executive Director Jeffrey Tumlin, Supervisor and Transportation Authority Board Chair Rafael Mandelman, Activist and SF Bike Coalition Board Member Meaghan Mitchell, and more. https://www.facebook.com/evna.org

    Sister Dana sez, “CPAC? More like TPAC, since TRUMP became the official IDOL of the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 28 in Florida with his gigantic GOLDEN STATUE available for worship!”

    Artists love to capture their furry, feathered, fishy friends. This collection of sincere, original art includes treasured pets, exotic creatures in the wild, and animals that exist only in the artist’s imagination. So, go visit the MOBA ZOO. The Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) is the world’s first and foremost museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art. Warning: it did say “bad art.” You were warned. Wednesday, March 24, 4 pm. https://tinyurl.com/9v4brey

    SAVE THE OASIS TELETHON was hosted by D’Arcy Drollinger and friends—12 hours streamed live March 6–7 to support the legendary SOMA nightclub/cabaret that is currently at risk of closure. Drollinger was joined by a cavalcade of stars and SF luminaries including Maureen McVerry, Mario Cantone, Heklina, Juanita MORE!, Glamamore, Peaches Christ, Alaska, Lady Bunny, Ben De La Creme, Jane Wiedlin, Leigh Crow, Jackie Beat, Sherry Vine, Trixie Mattel, Honey Mahogany, Mocha Fapalatte, Snaxx, Matthew Martin, Chyna Maykit, The Baloney Boys, Mario Diaz, Patty from HR, and many many more marvelous performers who have graced the Oasis stage over the years.

    March 6 was a very long, very busy day for Sister Dana, because also happening that day was FAUX EVER YOUNG – Fauxnique’s Birthday Show! It was an excellent event by the Stud, Monique Jenkinson, and Mica Sigourney. Hosted by legendary faux queen Fauxnique, Vivvy, and Peaches Christ. The fabulous lineup included Ana Matronic, Heklina, Glamamore, Vinsantos, Ms. Rahni Nothingmore, Raya Light, Trixxie Carr, Falsetta Knockers, Valentine, Katya Smirnoff Skyy, Qween, Miguel Gutierrez, Kochina Rude and Lisa Frankenstein, Lambert Moss, Larry Arrington, Jesse Hewit & Keith Hennessy. Happy 50th Birthday, dearest Fauxnique! I fondly recall those days enjoying you performing so flawlessly as a fantastic faux queen.

    The SAN FRANCISCO MIME TROUPE virtual fundraiser, THE RED STAR AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL, celebrating 25 Years of SFMT’s beloved Youth Theater Project (YTP), will be an hour of music and comradeship featuring keynote speaker Colman Domingo along with SFMT tales from past & present, Troupers, and a special live performance of the next installment of their critically-acclaimed radio/podcast series “Tales of the Resistance!” This event will be Saturday, March 13, Noon–1 pm. RSVP for free, but donations requested at the end. https://tinyurl.com/a3ab42bn

    To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the GLBT HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM and the 36th anniversary of the GLBT HISTORICAL SOCIETY’s foundation, the society is hosting a virtual LGBTQ history trivia evening on March 26, 6 pm. Participants will mix and mingle with other queer history buffs and show off their knowledge of the vast queer past. The top-scoring teams will win fabulous prizes, including a private museum tour, complimentary memberships, and limited-edition merchandise. All ticket sales go directly to supporting their archives, museum, and public-history programs, furthering the society’s mission to preserve and share LGBTQ history. Become a member and receive discounted access to this event and all of their programs. https://www.glbthistory.org/

    “RISE UP WITH THE SISTERS!” is the annual (virtual) Easter celebration by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence 04/04. I will write more in my March 25 column, but for now, here follows the contest info. For the HUNKY JESUS/FOXY MARY CONTEST: send us two photos in good quality and a short bio describing your Hunky Jesus/Foxy Mary personification. Be bold, be creative, be fun! Don’t forget to think of a name!

    For the EASTER FACE MASK CONTEST: customize a face mask with an Easter theme and send us two pictures in good quality of you actually wearing the mask. Bonus points if your mask matches an Easter bonnet! Please send everything via e-mail to: eastercontest@thesisters.org

    Sister Dana sez, “Proving that Republican’ts can only win by cheating, they have introduced 253 bills in 43 states to restrict voting rights! Horrifying!”

    Published on March 11, 2021