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Take yourself to church in this radical profile of the drag nuns advocating for the rights of queer and trans people.

Brothers, sisters and lovers… We gather here today to venerate all that is holy in sex, joy and radical self-expression. Our service will be led by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence—outlandish drag queen activists who have been serving the queer community since its immaculate conception in 1979.

Meet the drag queen nuns advocating for queer communities

‘Bad Habits’ features interviews from Sister Hysterectoria (Agnes de Garron), Sister Tootsie Tits (Eric Wolf), Sister Rosetta Stoned (Donald Gallagher) and Sister Gladiola Gladrags (Justin Gooding). Combined with archival footage and difficult-to-stomach audio recordings of anti-queer rhetoric, Zinser presents a tapestry of the emotional liberation provided to those who have joined the sisterhood.

Born in San Francisco, The Sisters are not a religious order in the traditional sense but they have spent the last 40 years using drag and satire to promote human rights and expose bigotry and intolerance in all its forms.

For the release of her film, Gillian invited photographer John Spyrou on set and spoke with INTERVIEW magazine.

“They place a deep emphasis on using humour and joy in their activism, arguing that people burn out on rage, but they don’t on joy.” Gillian notes “This philosophical spirit of the Sisterhood was really arresting to me.”

“Acting this ridiculous is a sacred and necessary way to give permission to everyone else to let their hair down”

sister Rosetta Stoned