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    Sister Dana sez, “Rhyme Time: Enter twenty-twenty-four!

    By Sister Dana Van Iquity, Words of Wisdumb from a Fun Nun–

    Sister Dana sez, “Rhyme Time: Enter twenty-twenty-four! This year will be Queer and more!”

    2023 was a year of reckonings and a time for changing history with accountability. This was the year when people found out when their rights were being infringed and therefore stood up for their rights. In the process, we must not diminish our democracy.  

    Sister Dana sez, “2024 is a Leap Year. This year will have 366 days—an extra day to be extra gay, loud, and proud!”  

    According to recent data, the current Republican House of Representatives passed just 22 bills that became law in 2023. In contrast, under Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the previous House passed 85 bills in 2021, including landmark COVID-19 legislation and the infrastructure law. In last week’s House Rules Committee hearing, Democratic Representative Joe Neguse of Colorado pointed out, “This will go down as the least productive Congress since 1933.”

    Colorado was just one of twenty states where Trump’s presence on the ballot is being challenged based on a 14th Amendment provision that prevents anyone from holding office if they have “previously taken an oath as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States” and then become involved in an insurrection. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled 4–3 that Donald Trump is ineligible to hold office because of the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause. Maine followed suit. These rulings are certain to head to the Supreme Court, which is heavily Trump-supportive biased. But before all that, Repugnicans are actually trying to take President Joe Biden off the ballots. Sister Dana sez, “Sure, Biden has not solved the migrant crisis yet, so then does this put him in the same category as the fascist, Nazi, would be dictator who willfully caused insurrection? Oh puhleeze, girrrlFiend, get a clue!”

    There is more good news about cutting Trump’s name off the ballot. The number of states trying to dump Trump has increased to 30. Alas, California is NOT one of them. The latest CBS News poll perfectly reveals that those who want to take Trump’s name off ballots are 81% Democrats, 44% Independents, and a mere 10% Republicans. Those who want to keep the Commander-in-Cheat’s name on ballots are 90% Repubs, 56% Indies, and 19% Dems.” Sister Dana sez, “Who the hell cares about the upcoming Iowa Caucus? We activists already know the frightening results will be ‘The Rump’ becoming the Repugnican star candidate, and how we must help Queer the Vote to keep President Biden in office—as well as getting and keeping the entire Democrat ballot slate!”

    On the night of January 5, it was broadcast widely that the U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on Colorado’s ballot ban on February 8, 2024, possibly altering the course of this year’s presidential election. Sister Dana sez, “This monumental decision by the Supremes will determine that they are not above the law; either that, or they will no longer be the SUPREME Court, but will be the INFERIOR Court!”

    Added to the multitude of reasons to incarcerate Trump, on January 4, the House Democrat Oversight Committee revealed in a new 156-page, exhaustive document, WHITE HOUSE FOR SALE: How Princes, Prime Ministers, and Premieres Paid Off President Trump, that this criminal received nearly eight million dollars from foreign and enemy governments while in office as president. And that was just for a two-year period. He received payments from at least 30 countries. This was a blatant defiance of the Foreign Emoluments Clause in The Constitution, Article 1, Section 9. Sister Dana sez, “Republicans are ignoring all the evidence against Trump, while giving all their energy in trying to impeach President Biden with absolutely no evidence. Your government NOT at work!”

    Here we go again! More Capitol chaos! Congress returns with less than two weeks to avoid a partial government shut-down; but Republicans are focused on the absurdly pointless impeachment of President Biden. (See the previous paragraph for more of Sister Dana’s diatribe!)

    Director Elsa Touche and writer Joe “Jubilee” Wadlington are bringing 9 TO 5: LIVE to OASIS in San Francisco, January 11–21. The adaptation of the iconic workplace comedy 9 to 5 will feature an all-drag, trans-led cast stacked with award and title-winning, celebrated drag artists from the Bay Area. The cultural classic has been redrawn with modern commentary, updated humor, and the raucous vaudeville-style drag theatre that can only be found in San Francisco. This is the tale of three coworkers who become fast friends as they smash the glass ceiling and put a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot in his place! And no, this time I don’t mean Trump. Starring Coco Buttah, Vanilla Meringue, Jubilee, Jota Mercury, Tater Tatas, Titus Androgynous, and Elsa Touche. Tickets are on sale now and available at

    Nobody loved life more than Michael “Shanté” Youens. Whenever I happened to bump into my dear friend, I was always greeted with enthusiasm, joy, and a big bear hug. He loved to travel and take pictures with Rocky, his famous stuffed squirrel that he carried around the world in his pocket. He loved his family and visiting them in Houston or his sister’s ranch in Virginia over the holidays. He would often invite his friends to join him on these trips or bring new people together for a movie or dinner because, above all else, Shanté loved connecting with us people whom he loved. That’s why everyone is invited to join his friends, family, and community for a CELEBRATION OF LARGER-THAN-LIFE in honor of Michael Shawn Youens, aka Shanté.

    This loving memorial will be hosted by Sister Roma & Ethylina Canne on January 13, 5–9 pm at The Academy SF, 2166 Market Street. Music will be provided by DJs Chi Chi LaRue & Sergio Fadez. Entertainment will be by Juanita MORE!, Mr. David Glamamore, The Stanley Frank Sensation, Dulce De Leche, and Miss Rhani Nothingmore. There will be a special live performance by BeBe Sweetbriar, and guest speakers and surprises. Friends and family memories are welcome to be shared. Nonalcoholic beverages will be provided and there will be a no host bar available. The memorial will be catered by Celebrity Chef Ryan Scott 2Go. Rest in power and peace, dearest Shanté!

    As of January 7, 2024, nearly 1,200 criminals were charged in the January 6 Capitol attack for Trump’s insurrection—with more than half pleading guilty. Former Federal Prosecutor Scott Fredericksen has boldly addressed this crime, saying, “This is not only the largest United States Department of Justice criminal investigation ever; it’s probably the most successful too. DOJ has pretty much a perfect record so far.”

    Meanwhile the ex-president is calling these criminals “The J6 hostages,” and promising when president to pardon all of the rioters. Of course, by then the disgraced and charged former dictator will have his own department of injustice to support him.

    San Francisco Bay Times birthday boys Dennis McMillan, aka Sister Dana (January 1), and Juan Davila (January 6), celebrated together in the Castro at Canela. “Happy Birhday!” to Dennis and Juan! (2019)

    KREWE DE KINQUE, the Mardi Gras themed social and fundraising club, will present BAL MASQUE XXI “Two Decades of Decadence” benefiting Urban Angels SF on Saturday, January 20, 6 pm–9 pm, The Café, 2369 Market. This is a fabulous opportunity to wear costumes, masks, or anything you might consider “decadent,” or just come as you are. There will be live entertainment (including BeBe Sweetbriar, Bearlesque, MissConception, Vivianne Vixen, Pup Mez, Kippy Marks, Carly Ozard, and Donna Sachet), music (Creole and other types), dancing, and Second/Line Parading around in parasols the colors of Mardi Gras (green, gold, and purple). Queen VII Sister Dana will be the official “bead bish” handing out colorful beads to attendees. This will be the official stepping down of the glorious reign of King XX Mez and Queen XX Moxie, and the revealing of the next Krewe de Kinque King and Queen. All that AND supporting the tremendous Urban Angels of SF, which helps the unhoused in so many ways. Tickets at

    From the comedic mind of Tina Fey comes a new twist on the modern classic, MEAN GIRLS. New student Cady Heron (Angourie Rice) is welcomed into the top of the social food chain by the elite group of popular girls called “The Plastics,” ruled by the conniving queen bee Regina George (Reneé Rapp) and her minions Gretchen (Bebe Wood) and Karen (Avantika). However, when Cady makes the major misstep of falling for Regina’s ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels (Christopher Briney), she finds herself prey in Regina’s crosshairs. And then begins the true meaning of the title. Also starring Jenna Fischer, Busy Philipps, Tina Fey, with Tim Meadows. In theaters January 12.

    Dennis McMillan (aka Sister Dana) with
    Michael “Shanté” Youens at the
    Bearrison Street Fair (2023)

    On January 5, the eve of the infamous JANUARY 6 INSURRECTION AT THE CAPITOLPresident Joe Biden gave an emotionally stirring speech in the historic backdrop of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, where the Revolutionary War occurred. Today the war rages on as President Biden warned us democracy-loving citizens that ex-president Trump and his MAGA maniacs would destroy every last bit of democracy, inclusivity, diversity, freedom, and civil rights. Biden asked an important question: “Is democracy still America’s sacred cause?” He exhorted, “Democracy is on the ballot!” He elaborated, “We all know who Donald Trump is. The question we have to answer is: ‘Who are we?’ That’s what’s at stake!” Biden concluded, “I won the election; he was the loser!”

    Sister Dana sez, “Democrats are finally beginning to grow a pair—and I don’t mean the Bartlett fruit growing on a tree!”

    Words of Wisdumb from a Fun Nun
    Published on January 11, 2023