A Saint is a nonmember of our Order whose life or accomplishments align with our Order's philosophy and statement of purpose. They may be community trailblazers, warriors for diversity and inclusion, enthusiastic philanthropists, or those who spread joy and a message of hope and belonging in the LGBTQ+ and GRSM communities.
The Certificate of Sainthood was awarded to Ben Johansen by the members of The Orlando Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to recognize his loving spirit, immense theatrical talent, and profound generosity in sharing his gifts with our community. His countless hours of hard work and donating his time and skills have been vital in sharing our message of joy with the community we serve. Furthermore, his radical generosity in donating hundreds of dollars worth of goods and merchandise from his shop, Embellish FX, to us and other groups have directly helped our fundraising efforts for local charities in need.
The Certificate of Sainthood was awarded to Darcel Stevens by the members of The Orlando Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in recognition of her loving spirit, immense theatrical talent, profound generosity, and sharing of those gifts with the community. Her gentle spirit, joyful radiance, and acts of radical inclusion are more than sufficient reasons for sainthood. With her acts of advocacy and support, she has helped countless local charities and civic causes in need, giving them a voice and raising awareness in the community. May we all one day learn to emulate her constant outpouring of love, laughter, and libation!
The Certificate of Sainthood was awarded to Jim Philips by the Orlando Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence members in recognition of his loving spirit, immense talent, and profound generosity in sharing those gifts with the Orlando community. Jim's show, The Philips Phile, shared our message of joy and silliness while speaking up for those who are silenced and was a voice of reason, justice, and inclusion. His outspoken support of local charities and civic causes, especially those of LGBTQ+ equality, has slowly helped turn Orlando into "The City Beautiful."
Paul Wegman's talents have blessed the stages of Central Florida since 1975. He performed in more than 100 plays during his lifetime, including Bent, The Elephant Man, A Christmas Carol, Othello, Little Shop of Horrors, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Angels in America. His most famous role was that of the bawdy "Miss P," which spanned over 25 years at the Parliament House resort. His playful banter on the stage of the Footlights Theater left the audience crying out, "Pussy!", "Roll!" and his shout of "Put your hands together!" always created a spontaneous and on-cue clap from the audience. He was a well-read and accomplished director, performer, and female impersonator.