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    Sister Dana sez, “We absolutely must take into custody those routers …”

    Words of Wisdumb from a Fun Nun–

    By Sister Dana Van Iquity–

    Sister Dana sez, “We absolutely must take into custody those routers … er … I mean rioters that have damaged our democracy!”

    PHATIMA RUDE MEMORIAL – A CELEBRATION OF LIFE was held on August 1 at the Public Works SF. Our beloved Phatima Rude passed away of natural causes on May 18, 2021. Their life was their art. Longtime family and friends, Kevin Sniecinski and Paul King, Mistress of Ceremony, Raya Light, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc., and Kochina Rude helped to manage the Live Drag Show. Performances and memories shared at “Wreck and Ruin, Beauty and Glamour” A Night of Remembrance for the Legendary Phatima Rude, included: The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Raya Light, Peaches ChristGlammamoreJuanita MORE!, Matt Flynn, and a full lineup of drag performers such as Putanesca, Hallow Eve, Abortia Klinik, Noveli, Trixxie Carr, Krylon SuperstarSuppositori Spelling, Fauxnique, Raya Light, Kochina Rude, Zania Morgan and The Vivid, and a host of others.

    PrEP, PrEP, Cheerio! It’s tea time and RuPaul Drag Queen Trixie Mattel is serving Oscar Wilde, Bridgerton realness in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING SALLY with Navaris Darson. Hilarious! https://tinyurl.com/82x5y5rn

    A new DAILY KOS/CIVIQS polling finds an eye-popping number: 80% of GOP voters “agree with former President Donald Trump’s claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him.” Among the broader electorate, 39% say the election was stolen, while 55% say it was not.

    For an inspirational history lesson, check out GAY MEN’S CHORUS TOURS AMERICA ’81, 40th Anniversary Reunion of the SAN FRANCISCO GAY MEN’S CHORUS tour across America in 1981. https://tinyurl.com/ku8znesj

    San Francisco-based social, charitable Mardi Gras club KREWE DE KINQUE (KDK) has closed its books on a year of fundraising for the Q FOUNDATION, having raised $7,155 during the COVID-19 pandemic. We giving circle members had crowned King & Queen XVII Omar Kubian and Diana Wheeler at our annual BAL MASQUE XVIII on March 7, 2020, just days before the city implemented business closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the ongoing shutdowns and curfews didn’t stop our club’s mission to raise funds in the spirit of Mardi Gras, with an emphasis on emergency relief. Soon after, KDK selected the Q Foundation as its beneficiary and quickly pivoted to produce creative virtual benefits. The Q Foundation is a nonprofit technology company providing rent payment processing in the social sector. It believes in a world where all people have a safe, decent, and affordable home. Toward that vision, they prevent homelessness by helping people keep the housing they have, provide resources to secure new housing, and promote public policy to expand opportunity for all. Over the past 17 years, it has become one of the leading agencies providing emergency rent assistance in the Bay Area. In response to the COVID-19 housing crisis, they provided over one million dollars in emergency rent assistance in June 2020 alone. https://theqfoundation.org/

    Honoring the life and legacy of artist, activist, poet, feminist, teacher, and GLIDE Co-Founder Janice Mirikitani will be THE CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF JANICE MIRIKITANI on August 15, 12:30 pm. GLIDE MEMORIAL CHURCH is a spiritual community rooted in liberation and built on a radically inclusive faith tradition that welcomes all. The event will be live-streamed at https://www.facebook.com/glidechurch

    THEATRE RHINO will Zoom a reading of STUCK on Tuesday, August 17, at 7 pm. Jacob Charles has just received news that his girlfriend of three years is expecting their first child, but he can’t seem to stop having dreams about someone else, Michael. He tries to unpack all of these thoughts through therapy. Little does he know that his therapist, Whitney Armstrong, is going through her own problems trying to manage a relationship with a married woman.http://therhino.org/

    Right-wing talk-show host Elder is the leading candidate to replace Governor Gavin Newsom in the September 14 Recall. Elder has stated: “No mask and vaccination mandates when I become governor.” Polls show that Newsom is basically tied against the recall effort, and while Republicans are eager to vote, The San Francisco Chronicle reports that despite Democrats having a 2–1 advantage, they aren’t paying attention or planning to vote at the rates we need them to in order to win. If Elder wins, it is game over for California in this pandemic. We will become another Texas or Florida, rejecting science and suffering wave after wave of the virus, while people die and small businesses crumble.

    Sister Dana sez, “We utterly MUST vote NO on the recall when it comes in the mail. We cannot afford the recall—both monetarily and politically!”

    QAnon Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene suggests gun owners kill people going door-to-door encouraging vaccinations: “ … in the South we all love our Second Amendment rights. And we’re not really big on strangers showing up at our door, are we? They might not like the welcome they get.”

    Sister Dana sez, “What must we do to get Marjie Q and her other QIdiots out of Congress?”

    A new analysis finds that the GOP can win control of the HOUSE next year by gerrymandering districts in just four states where the GOP controls redistricting—a process that begins later this month when the CENSUS BUREAU releases its nationwide data. But there’s still hope: The Senate can pass a ban on partisan gerrymandering—which even Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia supports—before the new maps take effect for the next decade, but Democrats have only a matter of weeks left to act. And they’ll have to end or create an exemption to the filibuster to pass the ban with all Democratic votes.

    Sister Dana sez, “Bust the filibuster!!!”

    PRIDE AT WORK is saddened to hear the news of the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka, who dedicated his life to fighting for working people across the country and around the world. He was an ally to LGBTQ working people as well, speaking loudly and often about the need to pass the Equality Act and other LGBTQ inclusive legislation. Within the labor movement, he was an advocate for LGBTQ-inclusive contracts and reminded union leaders of the need for better inclusion in our ranks.

    LOCKDOWN COMEDY continues its Zoom show on August 19 with an all-star lineup: Jason Stuart (LA), Vijai Nathan (Washington, D.C.), Dan St Paul (SF), producer and comic Lisa Geduldig (back in SF after a year plus locked down in Florida with her mom), and, of course, mother Arlinehttps://tinyurl.com/ahe2mr7f

    THE 25TH ANNUAL SF DRAG KING CONTEST marks its Silver Anniversary with a cavalcade of stellar, jaw-dropping Kings celebrating all things queer, kooky, kinky, and colossal. MC’s Sister Roma & Fudgie Frottage host the extravaganza on August 22, 7 pm, at the Oasis—featuring special guest Mo B. Dick, star of John Water’s Pecker and founder of DragKingHistory online. Contestants include Meatflap, Titus Androgynous, Tyson Check-in, Lotus Boy, Cosimo, and more. It’s a benefit for PAWS (PETS ARE WONDERFUL SUPPORT) and ROCKET DOG RESCUE. http://sfdragkingcontest.com/

    In the 1970s, five men struggling with being gay in their Evangelical church started a Bible study to help each other leave the “homosexual lifestyle.” They quickly received over 25,000 letters from people asking for help and formalized as Exodus International, the largest and most controversial conversion therapy organization in the world. But leaders struggled with a secret: their own “same-sex attractions” never went away. After years as Christian superstars in the religious right, many of these men and women have now come out as LGBTQ, disavowing the very movement they helped start. Focusing on the dramatic journeys of former conversion therapy leaders, current members, and a survivor, NETFLIX‘s riveting documentary, PRAY AWAY (the Gay), chronicles the “ex gay” movement’s rise to power, persistent influence, and the profound harm it causes.

    Get your motor running on August 27 for Divas & Drinks at THE ACADEMY for “DYKES ON BIKES ® 45TH ANNIVERSARY” celebration! For this special event hosted by Donna Sachet, Dykes on Bikes ® will roar down to 2166 Market Street to receive well-deserved commendations. https://tinyurl.com/p2mfpwcs

    ART HOUSE SF GALLERY is now open at 2324 Market Street in the Castro. Owner Max Khusid says he has traveled all over the world in search of artists. While not specifically from LGBTQ+ artists, Khusid notes the artists’ perspective is valuable. “They live in different parts of the world, so they see things a little bit differently than us,” said Khusid. https://www.arthousesf.com

    In a 6–3 vote, every conservative justice on the Supreme Court took the side of those who seek to suppress the vote by refusing to crack down on efforts to block oppressed communities from exercising their right to vote.

    Sister Dana sez, “Let’s pack the Supremes with progressive judges, and I nominate President Barack Obama for the first one!”

    Published on August 12, 2021