LBGTQ ‘nun’ group attends Pride Night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim

An LGBTQ+ group called the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence attended Pride Night at the Los Angeles Angels game on Wednesday after a personal invite from the mayor.

Anaheim Mayor Ashleigh Aitken invited the satirical ‘nun’ group to join her at the game following the group’s contention with the Los Angeles Dodgers back in May. 

“I’m inviting the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to join me for @Angels Pride Night at Anaheim Stadium on June 7,” Mayor Aitken tweeted. “Pride should be inclusive and like many, I was disappointed in the Dodgers’ decision.”

Based on their philanthropic work, the Sisters were slated to be honored with the Dodgers’ Community Hero Award at the ballclub’s Pride Night on June 16. The Dodgers, however, rescinded the invitation after receiving backlash from conservatives and Catholics who opposed the group’s use of Catholic imagery.

  • The Los Angeles Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California. (KTLA)
  • LGBTQ Nun Group
  • Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
  • Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
  • the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

The Sisters describe themselves as a “leading-edge Order of queer and trans nuns. We believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty. We use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit.”

They are known for their activism on behalf of LGBTQ rights and their support for those living with HIV and other causes.

When the Dodgers announced their decision to disinvite the Sisters, they said: 

“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.”

In response, some fans, California lawmakers and local groups disavowed the move.

The L.A. LGBT Center withdrew its support of Pride Night in solidarity with the Sisters while calling on the Dodgers to reconsider their decision or cancel the event.

“Any organization that turns its back on LGBTQ+ people at this damning and dangerous inflection point in our nation’s history should not be hoisting a rainbow flag or hosting a ‘Pride Night,’” the Center said.

Amid blowback from the controversial decision, the Dodgers eventually reversed course and apologized to the Sisters, inviting them to be honored at the team’s 10th annual Pride Night. The Sisters accepted the invitation.

“After much thoughtful feedback from our diverse communities, honest conversations within the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, and generous discussions with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence … the Dodgers would like to offer our sincerest apologies,” the team said in a statement after meeting with leaders of the group.

As for the Angels Pride Night, the Sisters are not expected to be featured on the field or throughout the game and are attending as personal guests of the mayor.

In response to any criticisms that the Sisters are perpetuating anything offensive, group members wholly disagreed and said they have nothing but respect for others.

“We have lots of religious people who are Sisters, from Christians, Muslims, Hindus and they also take it very seriously to be a nun,” explained Sister Electra Complex. “It is not a mockery. It is a service. It is our LGBTQ lifelong duty. We take all kinds of pride in our work, so it is definitely not a mockery of religion in any way.”

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