Portrait of Sister Eve Volution
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Bursting out of the San Francisco gay scene circa 1979, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence began drawing attention to social issues via campy humor. With the impact of the AIDS epidemic, the Sisters became safe-sex advocates raising money for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community projects.
As a fabulous drag heroine of the Castro chapter, Sister Eve Volution heads up the Stop the Violence Campaign, working with the Castro Community On Patrol (CCOP) and the San Francisco Police Department to keep their community safe.
Recently, Sister Eve Volution began work on the Queer Refugee Committee, collaborating with relocation programs such as the Organization of Refugee Asylum (ORAM) to provide friendly homes for LGBT individuals escaping persecution in Africa and the Middle East.
“Ministering to other people can be just lending an ear when somebody needs an ear, or when somebody is under distress—just helping that person! It really is kind of interesting. There have been times when I’ve been out, and you’re sort of expected to become like a confessor. And I’ve had people come up and confess things to me, or just want to unload, and they really do look at you as this sort of spiritual, quasi-religious figure that won’t be judgmental—who will hopefully make them feel better—and they can look at something fabulous while they’re doing it.”
—Sister Eve Volution