Aside from the lovely nuns, we have members of the community that are dear to our hearts. Their dedication to the Order, while never having taken vows, is a valued one.
Saints– What is a Saint and how do we bestow Sainthood? We consider Saints as individuals who that go above and beyond for the Sisters anytime and all the time. They hold a sacred ground and elevate us into the clouds. They help us with our events physically and monetarily. They do it out of their own kindness and produce miracles from time to time. We consider this a great honor and a recepient of this title is most dear to our hearts, minds, and souls.
Angels– What is an Angel and how do we bestow this Title? We consider Angels to be individuals and organizations who have sacrificed their time effort and compassion for the Sisters. They usually are beside you guiding you and loving you without even looking for it in return. They usually walk among us as if they were members, but they stay away from the lime-light. It is for these reasons, and more, that we bestow this title to them for their commitment to the Sisters and to the community as a whole. In deed they are Angels and we are grateful for all their contributions.
Tommy Frese – Tommy was a club promoter and manager at Jungle here in Atlanta. He has always welcomed the Sisters since their founding and has always supported our efforts. Tommy would go above and beyond to make sure any event we had at his venue was ready to go. Aside from events at the Jungle, Tommy was very giving and selfless; his spirit is a constant inspiration to us. We love our Tommy! It is because his unwavering dedication, love for the Sisters, and the queer community that we were honored to have named Tommy a Saint at the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Rick Westbrook, Art Izzard, and Paul Swicord – Lost-n-Found Youth is the outgrowth of Saint Lost and Found, an LGBTQ homeless youth fund project of the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Founded by Rick Westbrook, Art Izzard, and Paul Swicord after each of them experienced being turned away when attempting to place queer youth into local shelters and youth aid programs, the three resolved that something needed to be done to address the immediate need.
They called a public town hall meeting and invited these local homeless youth support agencies to express outrage and determine what resources existed. The meeting made clear that no organization was specifically actively working to take LGBTQ homeless youth off the street. Rick, Art, Paul and others assembled in November 2011 with the support of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to establish a privately funded emergency shelter, and the Saint Lost and Found project (now Lost-n-Found Youth, Inc.) was born.
Don Dinkel – Don is an Artist and a kind soul. He has been around the Atlanta Sisters since their immaculate conception. His kindness and help to all the Sisters have been an intricate part of where we are today. He has been an arduous supporter and has always lend a helping hand. He has designed our floats for pride and been at countless events. He is an amazing, kind, and generous member of this community and we are proud to call him a friend and an Angel.
The MISTER Center of Positive Impact – MISTER is a mens drop-in center located in Midtown Atlanta. While the majority of services are focused on the needs of gay and bisexual men, women and straight men may also access many of the services offered at MISTER, including access to free HIV testing, information and resources, and workshop participation. We are happy to collaborate with this organization for our community outreach and disease prevention and education endeavors. Because of their work, The MISTER Center was given title of Angel.
Ruby Redd – Ruby’s larger than life persona, huge heart, and vulgar mouth were a perfect match as a partner with the Sisters. She welcomed us to the community with her big, hairy, open arms, and supports us whenever she can, so we are proud to call her one of our Angels. Whether it is in face or out, Ms. Redd drags her big ass around town looking for a big bar of chocolate… and helping countless causes while she is at it. Ruby truly is our redheaded stepchild, but we love our “little” Angel!