LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The Los Angeles Dodgers disinvited the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence — a nonprofit that uses drag, fundraising and religious imagery in its social advocacy — from the team’s upcoming Pride Night celebration after pushback from Catholic groups accusing the organization of degrading their faith.“Given the strong feelings of people who have been offended by the sisters’ inclusion in our evening, and in an effort not to distract from the great benefits that we have seen over the years of Pride Night, we are deciding to remove them from this year’s group of honorees,” the Dodgers said in a statement on Wednesday (May 17).
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, described on their website as a “leading-edge Order of queer and trans nuns,” was founded in 1979 in San Francisco after three men went out into the streets on Easter weekend wearing the traditional habits of nuns. They emerged as a charity organization when one of their early events at Metropolitan Community Church raised $1,500 for gay Cuban refugees in 1980.
They were among the first to act when the AIDS epidemic hit San Francisco in the early 1980s, distributing pamphlets that coined the term “safe sex” and visiting bathhouses to promote condom use, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Regarded as “nuns for the gay community,” the Sisters are not Cat …
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