The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence® is a leading-edge Order of queer nuns. Since our first appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979, the Sisters have devoted ourselves to community service, ministry and outreach to those on the edges, and to promoting human rights, respect for diversity and spiritual enlightenment. We believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty and we use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit.
The Grand Canyon Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (GCSPI) has the vision to unite, elevate, and empower the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) community throughout Arizona. Our primary role and pledge is cooperative support of every facet of the GLBT community through fundraising, entertainment and education throughout Arizona. The family that created us is the one we honor with our Sacred Sisterly Identity. We are a bit decadent, rather showy, often naughty, and always ready to give you a hand. We give up the guilt of spending too much on a yard of beaded chiffon.
We know how important it is to be seen with the right people, so we will be there with you when we can. As with any Sister, we start with the basic black. We add a touch of glitz, a few feathers, signature white face and of course COLOR! Just add Sacramental Cosmos, and there we are. Name is key; it reflects our passions and protects us from being thought of as too straight. From our veils to our wimple we'll be sure everyone knows how important it is to be an individual. We strongly believe that each of us has a path to follow. We all, at some point, find a way to help our sisters and brothers to have a rich and rewarding life without guilt and shame. By presenting ourselves in a comedic and flamboyant display, we demonstrate the principles of "life without guilt" to all we touch. We strongly believe that our lives belong to each of us to fill with love, laughter, self respect and indeed Indulgence. We present our own fundraising events throughout the year and are pleased to offer our presence to the events of others in the community as time allows.
Soon after the San Francisco Order was founded in 1979, the mission of the Sisters — to promulgate universal joy, expiate stigmatic guilt and serve the community — spread far and wide. Houses can be found across the United States and in several countries around the world.
Although the San Francisco House is often referred to as the “Mother House”, the Sisters have no central seat of power and no single ruling body. Each House is an autonomous, unique group with its own Habits, culture, and rules. Just as the San Francisco House is a reflection of the culture that surrounds it, so too is each House a reflection of its own environment.