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

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

"Let's Talk About Sex, Baby"

The Sisters are growing.  A wonderful job by Novice Cadet L’il Randy on completing their Novice Project.  L’il Randy organised an information event held at The Junction.  It was called “Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby” with a focus on safe sex information for the entire LGBTQ2+ community.  Speakers presented on topics covering safe sex products, consent, testing, and accessibility.

Chief Al Houston (Silver Coyote), Two-spirit Elder from the Greater Vancouver Native Cultural Centre honoured the event with a blessing. A huge thanks to the speakers who were so giving of their time: Jenn Matsui De Roo, Emily Sollows, Kevin Moroso, Munroe Craig and Cameron Schwart from Karmik and Jaedyn Starr.  During the break, Novice Sister Bodice Rippa sold tickets for a raffle draw and Novice Sister Fancy Pants was the sitting Nun for the SOPI Confessional receiving exhalations and confessions of Joy.  The evening concluded with a raucous burlesque performance by Mrs. Frizzle on the proper etiquette of fisting . . . seriously . . . informative . . . hilarious!!!

As a Novice Cadet, L’il Randy was tasked to complete a project that exemplified their JOY of being a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence.  This event showed the passion they have for the work to represent and empower the LGBTQ2+ community with access to information and resources for the benefit of their health and safety.  A wonderful event but a wonderful Cadet Paladin.  They now has to finish a Novice resume and the 6-month training before elevating to Fully Professed Paladin.

(Note, “They” is the pronoun L’il Randy prefers over a “gender-specific” pronoun)

Congratulations L’il Randy!

(L to R - Sisters Festivus Illuminata and Tora Wholes, Paladin Pebbles, Cadet L’il Randy, Novice Sisters Fancy Pants and Bodice Rippa, Sister Koo-Koo Kachoo)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

East Side Pride!

The Pride Season has started for the Greater Vancouver Area and the Vancouver Sisters were there to help kick it off in style at East Side Pride!  We brought out the popular ISOPI (Instant Sister of Perpetual Indulgence) to raise money for the Vancouver Pride Society and it was a big hit! Sister Festivus and Aspirant Myke were invited on stage and helped judge a Drag Race . . . literally, participants had to run to a bin of clothing and accessories and run back to dress someone else.  Fun!  Novice Sister Fancy Pants stayed with the ISOPI and did her flirtatious best to grow the Sister family, instantly. :)

(L to R - Aspirant Myke Hunt, Sister Festivus Illuminata, ISOPI, Novice Sister Fancy Pants)

Monday, June 20, 2016

STRUT Vancouver 2016

On a cloudy and rainy yet not raining day, the Vancouver Sisters were on hand to help out with STRUT Vancouver, a walk to support LGBT+ refugees (http://strutvancouver.ca/).  This year, STRUT raised over $35,000, including a $1000 donation from the Sisters.  They monies were distributed as grants to Inland Refugee Society of BC (http://inlandrefugeesociety.ca/) and M.O.S.I.A.C (http://www.mosaicbc.com/).  This year was the 2nd Annual Walk-a-thon organised by Foundation of Hope (https://www.facebook.com/Rainbowfoundationofhope/where walking 1 mile along the Vancouver Seawall, from Sunset Beach to the Inukshuk and back, is easier than walking a life time in the shoes of oppressed LGBT+ peoples living in fear in countries where it is still legal to kill someone because they are different than the status quo.

The Sisters were on hand to help bring light and lightheartedness to the event by handing out prizes for Best Heels, Best Team and Best Corporate Team.  Through the clouds, we embodied the power of joy and cheered for STRUT-ers and posed for many photos.

If you weren’t there this year, we hope to see you next year in your most highest and most fabulous heels.

(L-R - Aspirant Amanda, Sister Koo-Koo, Novice Sister Bodice, Novice Sister Fancy Pants and Sister Festivus)

2016 Pride Legacy Awards

The Vancouver Sisters were on hand to help celebrate the Recipients of the 2016 Pride Legacy Awards.

"The Legacy Awards Gala is an awards night to acknowledge individuals who have contributed to the LGBTQ2+ community in Vancouver over the years. There are a series of eight awards all corresponding to the symbolism associated with each colour in the original rainbow flag.

Sister Festivus was part of the Recipient Voting Committee and was also asked to present the Turquoise Legacy Award for Art to John Ferrie.  John has been a fixture in our community and has donated many of his paintings for auctions to raise money for many organisations.  Coincidentally, he is also one of our Saints, Saint John of Broad Strokes.  Check the “Our Saints” tab on our website yvrsisters.ca for information on all of our Saints.  

Sister Diversity and Novice Sister Fancy Pants also helped choose the Random Draw 50/50 Sales.  In the Span of 1.5 hours, we raised $650 in sales from joyfully asking for money in exchange for 6 feet worth of tickets (the height of Sister Festivus, with heels, including wimple).  And L’il Randy was more than happy to get on her knees to rip the tickets for the guests, while bowing at their feet.  Well, she may have enjoyed that too much.  Amazing spirits and thank you to all guests!  The Sisters also chose a surprise second prize of a pair of tickets to Rupaul’s Drag Race Drag Show.

Congratulations to all the 2016 Nominees and Recipients.

(L-R Novice Sister Fancy Pants, Aspirant Amanda, Sister Diversity, John Ferrie, Sister Festivus, Novice Cadet L’il Randy)