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    Sister Dana sez, “It’s exciting! Winter Olympics is coming!”

    Words of Wisdumb from a Fun Nun–

    By Sister Dana Van Iquity–

    Sister Dana sez, “It’s exciting! Winter Olympics is coming! And the gayest sport of all: MEN’S ICE DANCING! Sooo many sequins!!!”

    Andrew Blaser, 32, has made history as the first out gay man to win a spot representing the United States in the winter OLYMPIC sport of skeleton. Skeleton involves a single person riding a small sled (lying face down and head-first) at quick speeds along a frozen track. Blaser will be the only man on the U.S. skeleton team at the 2022 WINTER OLYMPICS in Beijing. He will also be part of a record number of out LGBTQ athletes competing in China, a country whose government largely opposes LGBTQ rights. Pardon my pun, but he will be a real BLAZER on that ice!

    Congratulations to actress Mj Rodriguez, who became the first out trans person ever to win a GOLDEN GLOBE! She won for Best Actress in a TV Drama for her role as Blanca Evangelista in POSE, a hit show about the 1980s and 1990s New York City ballroom scene. Mj Rodriguez dedicated her win to the “LGBTQIA, Black, Latina, Asian, the many multi beautiful colors of the rainbow around the freakin’ world.” This year’s Golden Globes were not broadcast (nor live-streamed) after NBC announced it would refuse to air the ceremony due to financial and ethical questions and a lack of diversity in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which is in charge of the awards.

    Sister Dana sez, “Regarding voting rights, Democrats, and the destructive actions of Republican Congress-people, I heard a great metaphor: you can’t ask a firefighter to compromise and make peace with an arsonist!”

    Representative Haley Stevens (D-MI) has called for CAPITOL POLICE to investigate Rep. Marjorie Taylor “QAnon” Greene (R-GA) after she said that conservatives should use guns to “defend ourselves” from Democrats who support vaccinations and gun control. “I am concerned about the mental health of my colleague from Georgia and would like @CapitolPolice to address her dangerous threats in my workplace,” Stevens tweeted on January 12. “Just as we would in any school or job site, we cannot let calls for gun violence go unchecked.”

    One of the incredible ways FBI easily tracked insurrectionists was when these fools called the Capitol to ask if there was a LOST & FOUND DEPARTMENT. Like shooting fish in a traitorous barrel!

    Sphen and Magic, the gay penguin power couple from Australia that captured the world’s heart, just celebrated their third anniversary at Sydney’s SEA LIFE Aquarium. The male couple (who have hatched two eggs together) enjoyed frozen fish cakes for dinner and held a party with their neighbors in the enclosure. The penguin dads hatched their first chick, Lara, in 2018, after patiently waiting for her to hatch and taking turns to incubate her for 68 days. It all started when zookeepers noticed an opposite-sex penguin couple struggling to incubate two eggs, so they took no time to transfer one of the eggs to the loving penguin dads. In November 2020, they hatched their second egg, named Clancy by the zookeepers.

    Sister Dana sez, “Gorsuch is the only Supreme Court Justice who refuses to wear a face mask for high-risk Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who has diabetes. Gorsuch Justice? Just ass!”

    After comic books writer Tom Taylor began receiving hateful messages and death threats in social media for making the iconic Superman Bisexual in the latest series, he has been responding to the haters by donating money to an LGBTQ organization in their name. MINUS18 is the charity that provides life-affirming events, leadership programs, and educational opportunities to LGBTQ youth in need. The charity is based in Australia, Taylor’s home country.

    This nun sends heaps of blessings and love to San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman for introducing a resolution to the Board on January 11 to add a well-deserved commemorative street name “SISTER VISH-KNEW WAY” to an EssEff street in honor of not just a longtime LGBTQ activist; and not just a very dear friend; but also, my wonderful nun grandmamma. She brought me into the SF Order of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (SPI) on Gay Pride Day 1985, and she’ll always be Vish to moi. My nun mothers (and lovers) were the late Sister Boom Boom and Sister Mysteria (Nuns of the Above: Rest in Peace and Power). The resolution would add the commemorative street name “Sister Vish-Knew Way” to the 000 Block of Alert Alley in SF’s Mission Dolores neighborhood to honor the co-founder of the global LGBTQ community service organization, SPI. “When Sister Vish-Knew donned a nun’s habit in San Francisco on Easter weekend in 1979, she launched a spiritual movement dedicated to queer community service, activism, and art that has spread across the globe,” said Mandelman. “As the co-founder of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and through her decades of service to the organization and to San Francisco, Sister Vish-Knew has made a huge impact on the lives of countless LGBTQ+ people. I am glad we have the opportunity to honor her by adding ‘Sister Vish-Knew Way’ to a street in her longtime neighborhood.” And Sister Dana sez, “Amen!”

    LIVING JAZZ (Transforming Lives Through Music since 1984) was unable to present its 2022 IN THE NAME OF LOVE Annual Concert. Instead, on MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR DAY their 2021 MLK: 20 YEARS RETROSPECTIVE virtual event was an extremely powerful and poignant experience. Hosted by Dana King, it featured Toshi Reagon and Allison Miller, the Kronos Quartet and Meklit, The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, Tory Teasley and The Teasers, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Branice McKenzie & Bryan Dyer with Glen Pearson, the Living Jazz Children’s Project, Myles Staples of the 2019 Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest, and the Presentation of the Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award by Congresswoman Barbara Lee to Noha Aboelata, M.D., Founder/CEO of Roots Community Health Center.

    The latest comical LOCKDOWN COMEDY took the virtual stage on January 20 produced by our extraordinary host Lisa Geduldig with guest comedians Matt Kirshen (LA, via London), Sampson McCormick (SF/LA), Lauren Hooberman (Chicago), Arline Geduldig (FL) and Lisa Geduldig (SF/FL) on ZOOM from the comfort and safety of our homes. Lockdown Comedy takes place every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 pm. This show has been running monthly since July 2020 with outstanding comedians from around the country and globe. As they say: “Laughter is the best medicine.” And Lord knows I need that—having just come out of the Davies Hospital Emergency Room for ten hours over extremely agonizing groin, hip, and back pain—and having been prescribed very weak pain “relievers.”

    Congratulations and best of luck to former Representative Donna Edwards (D – Maryland) for launching her campaign for her former Congressional Seat. “I decided I couldn’t sit on the sidelines any more. And I want to fight for both my district and my country,” she stated. “I’m looking forward to going back, joining my colleagues, feet to the fire, to make sure we can preserve and protect our democracy!”

    Last week, obstructionist senators blocked Congress from voting on the Freedom to Vote: JOHN R. LEWIS ACT. The late, great John R. Lewis once wisely stated, “The vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have!” This bill is the culmination of John Lewis’ lifelong fight for voting rights and would have restored protections in the 1965 Voting Rights Act, expanded voting rights, and reformed redistricting. It should be noted that Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema sided with Mitch McConnell and the GOP and voted to keep intact the filibuster—the arcane, racist Senate rule that enables Republican obstructionism and prevents the Senate from passing legislation with a simple 51-vote majority.

    Good news: The Arizona Democratic Party has officially censured Sinema. Sister Dana sez, “Movie News: Nobody wants to go to the Sinema in Joe’s Manchin!”

    LUNA RIENNE Gallery, 3318 22nd Street, will be holding its big OPENING RECEPTION FOR ROBERT BOWEN on Saturday, February 5, 5–9 pm. Capacity may be limited, and masks are required indoors but not on the lovely heated outdoor patio. Bowen has been exhibiting his artwork throughout the U.S. for over twenty years. He got his start through graffiti and street art, briefly attended art school, and continues self-schooling to obtain a classical education as a painter. He lives and works in SF. Luna Rienne has become one of my favorite art galleries—featuring visual artists working in contemporary mediums who integrate elements of urban culture with traditional techniques.

    Sister Dana sez, “Without Voter Rights Legislation getting passed, Republicans are not only allowing but also ANTICIPATING VOTER FRAUD in their favor—with their cheating process of installing partisan pro-Republican officials at the polls and elsewhere. It is appalling!”

    After ANOTHER PLANET ENTERTAINMENT announced a recent takeover of the 100-year-old CASTRO THEATRE, a small demonstration assembled in front on January 23 to make sure APE continued to show movies not just live shows, and also to keep the venue LGBTQ-centric. Drag creative producers such as Peaches Christ MUST keep the spirit of drag alive there! (See pages 1–3 of this issue for more about the Castro Theatre.)

    Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) daughter, Caroline, has reportedly come out on social media as Bisexual while castigating her father’s far-right political views. Sister Dana sez, “Let’s welcome another one to Our Team, who will hopefully help dump others from the terrible Trump team!”

    Published on January 27, 2022