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D.C. Sisters to Host Protest and 'Exorcism of Bigotry and Hate' Outside Russian Ambassador’s Residence


June 10, 2017

Contact: Sister Allie Lewya (202) 251-0221


WASHINGTON — The D.C. Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an order of 21st century queer nuns, will host an Exorcism of Bigotry and Hate outside the Russian Ambassador’s Residence in Washington, D.C. The event will take place immediately before the Capital Pride parade. 


The D.C. Sisters are concerned about reports coming out of Chechnya — a region of Russia — that suggest the lives of Chechen LGBTQ people are at significant risk. Reports include the kidnapping, abuse, torture and murder of gay and bisexual men and transgender women. Lesbian women in Chechnya have also begun speaking out, reporting harassment and mistreatment. 


Using unique imagery, creative ritual and lots of glitter, The D.C. Sisters will cast out Bigotry and Hate from Russia and call for the protection of LGBTQ people in Chechnya, Russia and around the globe.


What:   Protest and Exorcism of Hate and Bigotry

Who:    The D.C. Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence 

When:  Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 2 p.m. 

Where:  Russian Ambassador’s Residence,

             1125 16th St., NW 

             Washington, D.C. 20036


Members of the press interested in covering this event are encouraged to please RSVP to Sister Allie Lewya at RSVP is not required to attend.


The D.C. Sisters are a chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an international order of drag queen nuns. Known for their irreverent style, members take vows to expiate stigmatic guilt and promulgate universal joy. The order was founded in 1979 in San Francisco, California and has grown to include chapters on four continents. The Washington, D.C. chapter was formed in 2014. For more information, visit



Sister Allie Lewya leads our ritual.

Photos from the Excorcism of Bigotry and Hate outside the home of the Russian Ambassador. Sister Allie Lewya leads the invocation.

Sister Allie speaks about injustice

Sister Allie Lewya talks about the persecution of LGBTQ persons in Russia

Sisters collect glitter

The Sisters collect glitter from the various houses represented for a ritual blessing - calling for an end to violence against LGBTQ persons in Russia

Sister Street Theater

Sisters engage in street theater to tell about the suffering and death of LGBTQ people in Chechnya and Russia.

Sisters participate in protest

Some of our Sisters who joined our protest

Sisters stand for love

Sisters gather outside the gates of the home of the Russian Ambassador to the US to call for an end to hate and bigotry against LGBTQ persons.

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