Common Queries and Questions

Below is some of the commons questions we receive. Still have questions? Feel free to reach out to us anytime!

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  • Can I be a Sister? +

    Anyone over the age of 21 can apply to join our organization. We have Sisters along every step of every age and stage, everywhere along the LGBTQ spectrum, and even those who consider themselves our straight allies. Masculine, feminine, twink, bear, religious and non-religious; as our mission statement says "we gladly welcome all races, creeds, genders, and sexual orientations."
  • *Should* I be a Sister? +

    Ah! Now there's the million dollar question. Many people, year after year, find joy and deeper meaning in their lives by giving back to the world through different forms of volunteerism. However, the choice to specifically become a Sister is a special one. It is the choice to align yourself with the legacy of radical visibility, advocacy, and "big tent" style inclusion the Sisters have trail-blazed, worldwide, for over thirty years. The choice to take life-long vows of community service is a huge one, but if this the path for you, it's one of the most rewarding ones you'll ever experience - a true "joyous over commitment."
  • Are all Sisters HIV+? +

    No. Some are, and some are not. We do not presume, do not judge, and strive for a world that does the same. However, many Sisters in our ongoing history have lived or are living with the virus, or have had the virus effect their own lives or those of our loved ones. This makes our fight for prevention, education, research - and a cure - a very personal one.
  • Are you mocking Nuns? +

    Well, we ARE nuns, sweetie! Not traditional nuns, mind you, but nuns in the most post-modern sense of the word. We recognize what “women of the cloth” of different traditions (Catholic, Buddhist, etc.) have done for centuries. We bring that same deep-seated "calling" to service far beyond any convent gate or temple wall, and into communities that need healing, advocacy, financial support, or just a little unconventional joy.
  • What's with the White Faces? +

    It all started with one of the first founding members of the San Francisco order, Sister Ardhanarishvara (a.k.a Sister Vicious Power Hungry Bitch). In her regular life, she would often dress up with a painted white face for theatrical/artistic/spiritual purposes. The first time she dressed as a Sister in San Francisco, she painted up, and it immediately became part of her look. After a decade or so, the white face became one of the Sisters' signature looks.
  • What's with the Funny Hats? +

    It's actually called a "cornet," and it's the base structure every Sister affixes their veil on. In our Order, every individual house worldwide has a different cornet design, often reflecting what city that Sister is from. In Orlando, ours is shaped almost like a big black pair of mouse ears (for obvious reasons). The tradition of the cornet and veil became most famous/standardized with the Catholic Church, but actually pre-dates it, originating with vestal virgins, pre-medieval fashion and more. For more information on the clothing of female monastics, you may wanna read "The Habit" by Elizabeth Kuhns. (The more you know! And STAR!)
  • Are you an HIV/AIDS Organization? +

    We joyously support many different causes, and thus, partner with many local, non-profit 501(c)(3) charities whose missions are in line with ours. Many of these include HIV/AIDS service organizations, LGBT youth outreach projects, homeless/hunger relief efforts, and more.
  • I want the Sisters to come to my Charity Event! Will ya do it? +

    Thank you for asking! Email us at info@orlandosisters.org with all your info, and specifically how we may be able to help, and we'll see if it's possible!
  • How much wood would a Woodchuck chuck, if a Woodchuck could chuck wood? +

    As much wood as he wants, honey! No guilt, no shame! Oh, and if he wants to use a condom and lube when he's out chucking this weekend, we have those for him too. ;-D
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