The first time I heard of the Sisters was at the Castro Street Fair in (I think) 2006. I’d met Sister Roma around that time. Fast forward to a decade later when I met Sister Roma again at Badlands Sacramento to see Bob the Drag Queen.

I was inspired immediately and knew what I had to do.

As a Jew, it’s a mitzvah to be a “Light Unto the Nations”. Why not be that light in our community, too? I’m an Asexual Panromantic woman, two combinations of part of a poorly represented LGBTQA+ community. This was my calling.

I went to my first meeting at Mangoes here in Sacramento and fell in love with everyone. I declared my Aspirancy soon after, and my first event was the Chunky Dunk! I really enjoyed learning and seeing the joy being spread. At the time, my first big Sister was Merry Heretik, who was strict with me but gave me a firm grounding in what was expected of me and what we represent.

I waited to be a Postulant for a while, deciding I needed to learn more and make sure my schedule would allow me to proceed. When I was finally ready, KoKo became my Big Sister (or Sister-Mama as I call her) and stayed with me as a Novice, too! She taught me about having fun and coming out of my shell, but not forgetting that strong groundwork. Every tree needs good ground for strong roots.

My Novice project, to me, was a no-brainer. We needed a new website, and web design is kinda my thing. I built anew, and now I’m our Mistress of Propaganda. The event held today, however, was something we were doing to join in more with our community, and for me, it was a bit of a proving ground. (Thank you to everyone who came!)

I admit I was very surprised by being elevated tonight. I had a hope, but I was still surprised! Funny enough, what I did with my face was a throwback to the old mask-style I used to wear, lots of red and black. I broke out my head covering with collar that I used to wear in my early days, and I’m glad I did since my hair was a mess, LOL. But in all seriousness, while the choice wasn’t because of my elevation, I’m glad I was still wearing it. Full circle.

So then, in conclusion, I have to thank my local Sisters for their guidance and support; even our newest Aspirants teach and inspire me! To the Sisters of other houses (including Sister Soami deLux, Sister Bearonce Knows, Sister Chola DeDah, SisterGuard N O’Pansies, Sister Amor Ah Quality, Sister Faegala Tina Pfischzoot, Sister Unity, and so many others who I spoke to in person and who gave me personal guidance — too many to name while my brain is so tired!), all of the other Sisters I’ve met online, my family and friends, and so many wonderful people in our communities — THANK YOU and I love you!

I will end with the Shehecheyanu prayer:

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha’olam
shehecheyanu vekiymanu vehigi’anu lazman hazeh.

Blessed are you, Adonai, Maker of the Universe,
who has granted us life, sustained us, and and
enabled us to reach this occasion.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הַעוֹלָם שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לַזְּמַן הַזֶּה‬׃‬

Amen, Ah Women, and All the Others!

-Sr Chava Kiki

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