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Abbess Mother - President
Date Started: October 2018
My name is Gretchen Gitaround. I first heard about the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in early 2008.
I, along with 4 other close friends, decided to begin a Mission of SPI. After a year and a few months of learning our community, working to produce events that raised LGBTQIA awareness and safer sex education, and just general mischief making, our group reached our goal of attaining House status on December 21, 2009. We became known as the Magic City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (in Birmingham Alabama).
After serving as Secretary, Vice President and President of MCS, and devoting my time and abilities for ten years to the House, I began to look around at the many other cities in Alabama that needed the services and unique perspective of Sisters. It was then that myself and 4 other individuals decided to bring Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to the growing City of Huntsville Alabama.
Though our Mission is new, there is a FIERY passion to help Huntsville become aware of LGBTQIA issues confronting us daily. We attained permission from "the powers that be" to begin our journey in March 2019.
I am always mindful of the lessons learned while ministering in Birmingham, and am so thankful that Huntsville has opened their hearts and minds to the message and love Sisters present. Should you run across our Rocket City Sisters, please stop and say hello. A word of encouragement and support goes a long way to helping us as we strive for safer sex education (eliminating HIV/AIDS in our lifetime) and awareness!
I am SO blessed to have found this wonderful organization (SPI) and to be working along side like-minded individuals to give a voice to those who can not speak for themselves. May you always find joy in the small things of life, victory in the challenges of life, and love from the people in your life!
"The prejudices people feel about each other disappear when they get to know each other." — Captain Kirk
Mistress of Novices
Start Date: October 2018
I started my journey as a Sister 10 years ago this year. I have always been concerned with those "living on the fringe's of society", but when I became a Sister, it became my mission. Sisters work tirelessly to make the lives of those in our LGBTQIA+POC community more enjoyable and have value. This is my heart and my passion. So you only have to know Sisters to understand why I joined. Anyone wishing they could "help others" or "make a difference need to look no further than Sisters to find an organization that works tirelessly for change. It's the best decision I have ever made... now I have a purpose and a family where I truly belong!
".How do you measure the life of a man?" - Rent
Start Date: October 2018
I first learned about Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence when I met Sister Gretchen Gitaround from, then Magic City Sisters, almost 8 years ago. I had been hoping that Sisters would find it’s way to start a House in Huntsville, Alabama. In October 2018, my hopes were made manifest. Sister Gretchen and Sister Double Penetration (DP)
contacted me to see if I would be interested in starting a group. I immediately said YES! We had our first face to face meeting that same month. There were 5 individuals that met that night at a restaurant and discussed what it would take to start a House. We were SO excited!!! We met for five months to start working things out, like, what would be our name, what would be our look (and if you know me…the LOOK is everything), etc… We manifested as Sisters for the first time in
late February and passed out flyers with our contact information. Our next meeting…10 people showed up! My experience prior to Sisters as Head Mistress of Scream Queens HSV and my many years of performing in the Drag Community, has helped to shape my journey as a Sister. Makeup was not an
issue! I have been and am very dedicated to serving our community. LGBTQIA issues have always been on the forefront of my work.
Being part of the Sisters has deepened my commitment to service and has allowed me to bridge my Performing Career with my Service Career. Sisters is an ongoing journey and every manifestation brings
new and more exciting ways to serve! I’m very excited about being a Sister and look forward to many years serving the City I love!
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
Mistress of Propaganda
& Mistress of Scribes
Start Date: February 2019
Sister Joan of Cox has committed his life to the service of others. He has worked with a number of Not for Profits in the North Alabama area since 2009, including Grateful Life Community Church, Renaissance Theater, and The Historic Lowry House. From 2007- 2009 he served as a member of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature as well as on the TISL 3G Appellant Moot Court. While at UAHuntsville he was co-founder of the UAH Gay-Straight Alliance, and served as President of the UAH Political Science Club.
Outside of his service work, his hobbies include painting, cooking, gaming, singing with his church, and playing several instruments. Sister Joan has degrees in both Communications and English Literature, and is more than happy to share his current favorite book and social media tips with anyone.
Sister Joan first became aware of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in 2010 at Nashville Pride when he met a member of the Music City Sisters. He saw the way sisters are able to unite the entire community and serve as a bright ambassador of love, compassion, and safe sex education. In January of 2019 he saw a Facebook post made by Sister Aioli Stromboli about bringing the Sisters to Huntsville. Sister Joan knew then that the stars had aligned and the universe was opening a new door. In the time since his first meeting he has unlocked his heart of hearts in his service to the LGBTQIAPOC community.
Sister Joan personally identifies with Saint Joan of Arc; The Maid of Orleans, and it is from her that he derives his name. As for the later part of his name, one can certainly use their imaginations.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
-Dr. Maya Angelou-
Start Date: October 2019
Anita started out assisting the sisters when author Heather Jacks visited. She found that she really enjoyed working with the sisters and found a new creative outlet for her desire to help those in need.
Anita has seen the need for The Rocket City Sisters first hand, having been part of the group of those at the fringes of society. After a series of bad turns she found herself living at one of the local shelters. She pulled herself up, and rose above her circumstances and has thrived ever since. She hopes that her story can be an inspiration to others, and show the world that anyone can follow their dreams and rise above adversity and challenges.
"I can't control my destiny. I trust my soul, my only goal is just to be...Forget regret, or life is yours to miss. No other road, no other way, no day but today."
Master of Alms
Start Date: February 2019
Master of Alms
Start Date: February 2019
Mary Kris Miss Trie has called North Alabama home for most of their lives. During their time here they’ve been involved with The Dixie Derby Girls, as both a skater, and a non-skating official. Trie can often be found at local Drag shows and any time Kinsey Malone calls numbers for Bingo! Trie first became aware of the sisters many years ago during their time in the verdant, rolling hills of Tennessee. With the promise of getting a taste of Sister Aioli’s special sauce, Trie joined The Rocket City Sisters. Trie is an open/closed/open/closed/open book, so you should read fast. In their own words: “I'm always after just one person. If I only help one person not commit suicide or help one person have safer sex or assist one person in finding social resources they need or give one person a helping hand; then all the work is worth it. Every day in the deep South is like swimming against a rip tide. Let's make some colorful floaties for our neighbors!”
"Irreverence is the champion of liberty." - Mark Twain
Master of Habits
Start Date: January 2020
Brooklyn comes to us all the way from the big NYC. For the last 8 years though she has called her farm in Madison County home. She first became aware of the Sisters right here in Huntsville because of her friend Sister Joan. She, convinced Brooklyn to have a booth for her pig rescue at the Rocket City Pride Festival. Stuck beside this group of fun but crazy folks for the entire festival she realized how much her own philosophy aligned with the work they were doing.
She is the director of Spamala’s Orphanage for Wayward Swine (SOWS) a 501(c) 3 that rescues pigs and other animals, the only one of its kind in the state of Alabama. To date she has rescued, fostered, and placed in loving homes well over 100 pigs.. She is mother to Little Brooklyn the Pig, our smallest aspirant sister. She is also a 6 time gold medal champion pig wrestler who is happy to display her skills anytime you come by the farm. As an Ally, and mother she wants everyone to know they are loved just as they are. She hopes to support the community and stand up for equal rights and guard her new found family like the mother hen she is.
“I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I'm not” -Kurt Cobain
Start Date March 2020
You didn't think we would mention a cute little pig and not include a picture of her did you? She's always 2 steps behind her Mommy, Brooklyn N'DaAss.
She loves snacks, cuddles and riding in her personal carriage. Spoiled you say? No, never...ok maybe just a little.
"Oink oink, oink oink oink. Oink oink oink oink oink oink oink Oink!"
-Sister Unity Divine-