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    Sister Dana sez, “Regarding the vaccine…”

    By Sister Dana Van Iquity–

    Words of Wisdumb from a Fun Nun–

    Sister Dana sez, “Regarding the vaccine, as the Pat Benatar song goes: ‘Hit me with your best shot!'”

    As a welcomed break from all those endless holiday, family-friendly, sickeningly saccharine shows, Bianca Del Rio and Peaches Christ screened online their classic 2015 archival play, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BIANCA DEL RIO? This was yet another of Peaches’ perfect parodies of cult movies. It was an extremely clever drag comedy send-up written and directed by Peaches on Bette Davis & Joan Crawford in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? To this day, I still treasure my tiny tin of mints they handed out at the VIP showing in 2015 with their pictures and the inscription: “Enjoy some mints for after you eat your DIN DIN.” As part of the live interview, the delicious drag duo hinted at a coming parody of The Devil Wears Prada. I cannot wait! Please support PEACHES CHRIST PRODUCTIONS and keep these comedies going!

    Sister Dana sez, “Also regarding the vaccine, as the song goes in ‘Hamilton’: ‘I am not throwin’ away my shot!'”

    The LGBTQ community made a major impact on the outcomes of the 2020 election season. Analysis of data revealed that without LGBTQ voters in key states, Trump likely would have won reelection, for example. Singer, actor, activist Billy Porter doesn’t want us to forget. He’s working with GLAAD to remind everyone that LGBTQ voters, organizers, and groups like GLAAD made the difference in what was considered the most pivotal election of our time.

    Following the first invasion of our nation’s Capitol since the War of 1812—an attack that left five dead and countless more injured—congressional Republicans still objected to the certification of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris‘ win in November. They did this knowing full well that their actions were being cheered on by the very terrorists who had stormed the Capitol complex only hours earlier.

    Senator Scott Wiener released the following statement on January 6, still very timely, regarding armed rioters having entered the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.: “What’s happening in our nation’s Capitol is nothing short of terrifying, and is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in this country. President Trump and his Republican sycophant enablers are responsible for this armed mob storming the Capitol. They’re responsible for the shutting down of our democratic process and for putting members of Congress, their staff, journalists, and other Capitol employees in physical danger. The people who enabled this mob violence must be held accountable and recognized as perpetrators.” He noted that as a Senator, he has experienced the legislative process being disrupted by violence. He said he has been sequestered by Capitol security due to violence. He concluded, “This cannot continue, and we must have accountability.”

    Sister Dana sez, “Thank you, TWITTER, for permanently suspending tRump’s account! Sweet tweet relief!”

    On a happy note, once again the witty, funny Randy Rainbow has his clever parody on sedition to the tune of “Tradition” from Fiddler on the Roof

    On January 7, a nonviolent, masked, socially distanced protest at City Hall was sponsored by SF REFUSE FASCISM responding to the attempted violent, deadly coup the night before in Washington, D.C. Among the protest placards were four words demanding: “Trump/Pence Out Now!”

    LOCKDOWN COMEDY is a fun monthly (every 3rd Thursday of the month, 7 pm PST) virtual comedy show taking place on Zoom. The next show on Thursday, January 21, (the day after the Inauguration) features Los Angeles-based political comedian Greg Proops (TV’s Whose Line Is It, Anyway?), from NY Ophira Eisenberg (NPR’s Ask Me Another), from LA Sandra Valls (Showtime’s Latin Divas of Comedy), and from Florida Lisa Geduldig and her 89-year-old mother Arline Geduldig

    Songwriter Alida McKeon performs her newly-written song, “HOPE” for the NATIONAL AIDS MEMORIAL. Enjoy the beautiful words, music, and hope the song offers as we look to the future for a better world filled with love, goodness, and compassion.

    GLAAD’s TRUMP ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT has been tracking the Trump administration’s attacks against the LGBTQ community—181 and counting in negative policies and dangerous rhetoric over the last four years, and a number of them happening on social media.

    Sister Dana sez, “However are we going to put America back together again when Humpty Trumpty keeps trying to make it fall?!”

    Thanks to the repeal of DON’T ASK DON’T TELL, lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members have served openly and proudly over the past decade in the Armed Forces without fear of being dismissed because of who they are or whom they love. Let us celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the repeal of DADT. 

    Rest in Peace and Power, my dear friend Jorge Sánchez. I am utterly heartbroken over this loss of a great man, perfect party pal, and incredible activist. We had made big plans to drink to excess of our favorite bourbon when we could once again gather in person after COVID-19 was over. I raise my forlorn glass to you, sweet Jorge, in a toast beyond the veil!

    Representatives Mondaire Jones and Ritchie Torres were sworn in as America’s first Black out LGBTQ members of Congress! And now that they’ve officially taken their seats in the U.S. House, we can celebrate another milestone: the most out members of Congress ever!

    The House has adopted new rules for 2021 that remove gendered language in official settings, replacing gendered terms like “Chairman” or “Chairwoman” with gender-neutral terms like “Chair.” “Through months of consultation across our caucus and Congress, we have developed a rules package that makes the People’s House more accountable and responsive to all Americans,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said in a statement in support of the rules, adding that they express “the views and values of the full range of our historically diverse House Democratic Majority.”

    Sister Dana sez, “I know I’ve been harping a lot on the issue of vaccination, but here’s hoping America becomes the ‘VACCINE NATION’!”

    KREWE DE KINQUE King & Queen XVII Omar Kubian & Diana Wheeler invited us KDK Members to the annual TWELFTH NIGHT PARTY on January 9 via Zoom. This was a festive kickoff for Mardi Gras happening on February 16 this year. KDK is a Mardi Gras themed social and charitable organization. Members wore beads, masks, and costumes. KDK Founder & King I Gary Virginia welcomed us. We toasted the reigning King Omar and Queen Diana. We honored our deceased Kings and Queens of the past—as well as our friends who passed this year. We also revealed the incoming royalty (which remains a secret until announced at our annual Bal Masque). Of course, members gave fabulous command performances (from their homes).

    RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE Season 13, episode 1 was full of surprises. It featured the very first trans male contestant doing female drag. It was also the latest update to gender politically correctness in that RuPaul did not say, “Gentlemen start your engines!” but rather, “Racers start your engines!” And the “Lip-synch for your Lives” category was held at each competitors’ very first appearance doing duo queens (and one trio) fighting to stay alive and not immediately eliminated. Then for the next shocker, all unlucky 13 of the eliminated girls in a group got to vote to “give the chop” to one another. RuPaul keepin’ it fresh, honey!

    THEATRE RHINOCEROS presents the third show of its season, THE REVIEW, OR HOW TO EAT YOUR OPPOSITION—live and online. A naïve yet self-righteous art critic questions the artistic integrity of an iconic visual artist. The artist contacts her critic, and the stage is set for a sexy, emotional, and intellectual game involving art, hearts, and bodies. This fascinating play runs January 22–31.

    Sister Dana sez, “So Congress Republican’ts agreed on a stimulus deal that gave measly $600 checks to Americans and provided small funds for small businesses and vaccine distribution. Are we supposed to cheer them for finally compromising on a deal that was proposed six months ago? Well, yippee to you misers for almost doing your job. Now bring on the trillion-dollar legislation!”

    Here are just six victories for the LGBTQ community that came in 2020: THE SUPREME COURT said anti-LGBTQ employment discrimination is illegal; Utah and Virginia banned conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth; three states and the District of Columbia banned the gay and trans panic defenses; Virginia passed several Pro-Equality Bills; America voted for a rainbow wave of elected officials (more than ever before); and President-Elect Joe Biden promised to advance LGBTQ protections in office.

    A goal of the CASTRO STREET CAM is to help those who are isolated for any reason to be able to see the vibrant Castro neighborhood and enjoy the views. Visit the four cams 24/7 to see what’s going on. Check out the views up and down Castro Street, in Harvey Milk Plaza, and Jane Warner Plaza!

    Sister Dana sez, “I think the new goodbye these Covid days should be: ‘Vaccine ya later!”

    Published on January 14, 2021