Saturday, September 24, 2016

Stepping Up for Step Down

The Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were invited to attend the The Rhinestone Phoenix Charity (RFC) Foundation's 37th Gay Vancouver Pageant "Ancient Toga Party" with the Stepdown of Mr. Gay Vancouver Larry, Miss Gay Vancouver Moma Dixie and Ms. Gay Vancouver Brooke!

L to R - Paladin L'il Randy, Reverend Mother Diversity Rains, Sister Festivus Illuminata and Novice Sister Fancy Pants.  Our protocol for the event was - The Abbey of the Long Cedar Canoe of the Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence strives to promulgate Universal Joy, expiate stigmatic guilt and serve the community, our fellow Sisters and the Order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.  We honour the "sistory" of the world-wide Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence by working to improve the lives of those affected by HIV.  We also honour Vancouver's present-day reality through work to alleviate and end homelessness, and provide support to groups and projects that might otherwise go unacknowledged. We bring together diverse community groups who are striving towards similar goals.  We offer our greetings to the Rhinestone Phoenix Charity Foundation and are honoured to be recognizing the incredible service and contribution made to the community over the past year by Mr. Gay Vancouver Larry Nowoczin; Miss Gay Vancouver Moma Dixie; and Ms. Gay Vancouver Brooke Davis at this, their Stepdown.

The Sisters were asked to attend and honour the Title holder's reign with a performance.  L'il Randy and Fancy Pants stepped up and perform a duet of Summer Wine by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood, complete with summer wine and silver spurs!

BUT, we were in for a surprise that only our Reverend Mother knew.  Sneaky Mommy!  The Sisters were also invited to attend because The RPC were honouring the Sisters with their Rita Rhinestone Humanitarian Award.  This special Award was last given in 2012.  We are humbled by the honour and thank The RPC for this award.

Thank you to outgoing title holders and welcome to the new title holders Mr. Gay Vancouver John, Miss Gay Kasha and Ms. Gay Kiwi.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Squeeeee! They're a Paladin!

The YVR Sisters are incredibly proud to introduce to the world, the birth of Paladin L'il Randy.  On September 14, 2016, Cadet L'il Randy elevated to full Paladin status with the YVR Sisters.  All of the Sisters were on hand to witness the elevation of our new Paladin.  Reverend Mother Diversity Rains led L'il Randy in reciting the Paladin Vows, with support from their Supporting Member, Sister Koo-Koo Kachoo.  L'il Randy, as always, gladly went down on their knees to do so.  ;)  The symbol of their elevation is the presentation of a metal cock ring, to be worn around their neck at all Sister events.  It is a BIG cock ring but we know they will wear it, and fill it well (although, it may be a bit small for them as their cup runneth over, a lot, squeeeee?).  L'il Randy also receives a certificate highlighting their new role with The Sisters and they will forever be a Paladin.

The primary role of a Paladin is to support the work of the Sisters through protection and service; and, together with them, advance the mission and work of the Abbey.

L'il Randy's joy and zest for life and inclusiveness was evident throughout their journey.  L'il Randy's "Let's Talk About Sex Baby" inclusive safe-sex event was a profound testament to that.  And, they were a wonderful representative for the YVR Sisters at the recent Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Conclave in Berlin, Germany.  Huge, joyous congratulations to Paladin L'il Randy and Squeeeeee! to the future!


Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Novice Twins (all 3 of them)

On the eve of their elevations, The Novice Twins (yes, there are 3 of them) sat down together to share the experiences of their Sister Journeys.  Novice Sister Bodice Rippa is up for elevation to Fully Professed Sister in September 2016.  Cadet L'il Randy is also up for elevation to Paladin in September 2016.  Novice Sister Fancy Pants is up for elevation in October 2016.

Fancy:  Hi Bodice.  So, why did you join the Sisters?
Bodice:  That's a loaded question.  I joined the Sisters because I desperately needed a change in my life.  Also, I wanted to do something good for a community that is not always fully represented, which is the trans community. Although not being trans, I am an ally and a lot of important people in my life have come to me and have confided in me that they are indeed trans. A lot of them have passed, in very violent ways and there's nothing more I want to do than to honour their memory and make sure that people know that they were wonderful loving people and that they were great members of the community.  They are important people in my life and they can be important people in other peoples lives as well.

Fancy:  How has your journey been so far?
Bodice:  It's been a blessing.  It's taken me from the depths of hell to the heights of heaven.

Fancy:  And you L'il Randy? Why did you join the Sisters?
L'il Randy:  This is where I belong.  I've been trying for years to find my place in the community, volunteering in many different places and I've met a lot of different people and I've done a lot of great work.  But, when I found out that I actually could join the Sisters, because I honestly searched online and when I found out that I could be a Sister . . . I joined.

Fancy:  How has your journey been so far?
L'il Randy:  Actually, I am learning so much this year and having a lot of fun with a lot of great people and doing a lot of great work.  And it's fun!  I love doing it!  Squeeeee!  What about you Fancy?

Fancy:  Very similar to both of you.  I wrote about much of my journey so far in "A Postulant's Tale of Transformation".  I was already doing what the Sisters do best, give back and pay it forward.  But, I was doing it by myself and really wanted to have fun and also to truly part of my community.  Although I identify as gay and live in the village, I'm really an outsider.  And, even though I'm a naturally blonde asian (he he), I'm not very flamboyant.  So, for me, I joined to give back and pay it forward, but also to look sickening while doing it!!!!!  And it's been a wonderful!  I've met people and have grown to love people I don't think I would ever have met if I hadn't have joined the Sisters.  And even though I was already doing philanthropic work before the Sisters, the work with the Sisters just has so much more meaning to it now.  I actually feel like I am making a difference.

If you are interested in joining the Sisters, you are welcome to sit in on our monthly Business Meetings.  Just send us a quick note to let us know you will be joining us so we can have enough drinks on hand.  JK miss thing . . . or mister thing . . .  or mx thing . . . we don't judge . . . much.  :)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Shining Bright!

The Sisters were on hand to help sell 50/50 tickets for Shine! A Fundraiser for Mental Health and Addiction at the historic Commodore Ballroom with proceeds going to the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division (CMHA BC) and the Lions Gate Hospital HOpe Centre (The HOpe Centre).

(L to R) Sister Festivus, Postulant Mike Hunt and Novice Sister Fancy Pants showed community support to help sell over $3000 in 50/50 ticket sales!  A wonderfully huge thank you to Dean Thullner for creating and organizing this joyous fundraising event for the CMHA BC and The HOpe Centre.

Vancouver's finest creative, LGBTQ+ and artistic communities and volunteers all rallied together for an all-inclusive event to raise funds and awareness, while addressing the stigma of mental illness.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Going to the Chapel of Love at PRIDE!

Going to the Chapel of Love at PRIDE! Ground-breaking event!!
For the first time at the Vancouver Pride Celebration thousands of spectators cheered as they witnessed Sister Festivus Illuminata of the Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence solemnize the gender-neutral marriage of five Vancouver couples.
Same sex marriage has been legal in Ontario since 2003. Two years later, Canada became the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide with the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act, which provides a GENDER-NEUTRAL marriage definition.
"Marriage should be between a spouce and a spouse, not a gender and a gender."
LGBTQ2+ couples want to marry for all the same reasons as their opposite-sex counterparts. These reasons include: for legal security, to publicly celebrate their commitment, to provide greater legal protection for their children, or simply because they are in love.

The link to the song "One World, One Hope" sung by Sister Festivus after the wedding Ceremony at Pride 2016 can be found here:

Photo Credits: belle ancell, Graham Spence, Paul Brand