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Sisters Act: Meet the D.C. order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

They're here, they're queer, and D.C. is getting used to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and their "drag activism"

Novice Sister Dietrich Anne DiMaggio -- Photo by Julian Vankim
Novice Sister Dietrich Anne DiMaggio — Photography by Julian Vankim

 

Novice Sister Dietrich Anne DiMaggio

“I pull from my grandmother, who used to be a Geisha clown that would perform for children in hospitals.”

What inspired you to join?

“I learned about the Sisters when I was young and was immediately entranced by the work that they do. I thought that as a cisgender woman, I could not be a Sister but after becoming friends with a Sister from San Francisco, I decided I wanted to take the vows and work to making the world a better place as a Drag Queen Nun.”

Have you ever been involved in drag before?

“I work as a performance artist that focuses in burlesque and drag. I have performed as a king, though primarily as a queen, for 8 years up and down the East Coast.”

Have you ever been involved in activism before?

“I have always tried to include activism in my life. I feel it is our job to make the world a better place for everyone and to be the change we want. Complacency is a killer and it’s wonderful to be part of an organization where that is not an option.”

What’s your catchphrase?

“All you need is your own imagination so use it, that’s what it’s for. Go inside, for your finest inspiration. Your dreams will open the door…. Vogue.”

 

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Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @ruleonwriting.

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