A busy hoe is a happy hoe
What we've been up to
Phew we are some busy hoes! Last week we had the honor and privilege of being greeters at Charis-The St Louis Woman's Chorus fall concert Censored: Banned Books and Forbidden Stories. We also supported two of our own as they put aside their habits for concert black and took to the stage as first time (Sister Texas Hotbox) and as an alumni (Sister Hanukkah Jewinski).
What an incredibly moving concert as this group of 80+ singers sang songs that touched on controversial topics such as Loretta Lynn's "The Pill" a comic-tinged song about birth control, as well as Stardust composed by B.E. Boykin, a moving piece where the singers call for “a home where we can run” in memory of Ahmaud Arbery, “a home where we can pray” in memory of the victims of the Mother Emanuel shooting, “a home where we can breathe” in memory of George Floyd, and a home “to sleep and dream without fear” in memory of Breonna Taylor.
Much like the weather in St. Louis, the gambit of emotions were felt from the first to last notes played on the piano. Thank you for having us! We can't wait till April here to edit.
Last night Sister Marjorie Arcana and Sister hanukkah Jewinski attended the Great Googly Moogly wrestling event put on by the CHWA -Cottage Hills Wrestling Alliance! These dirty hoes mingled with the wrestlers and some folks in the audience! They were shown alot of love!
Lots of love to one of our most favorite wrestlers Ricky Jolene Rodriguez for wearing the Trans Pride Flag colors while wearing a Protect Trans Kids shirt during the event! It was absolutely amazing to see that representation and ally ship in a space where we aren't often represented especially when it comes to Trans and Non Binary youth! (Sorry Hanukkah almost started another match by pushing you out of the way to get to the baby! They were pushing over wrestlers, chairs, bystanders, maybe a trash can or two.....)
Ricky's mom also gets lots of shout outs because low key we were looking to her to know who to root for and she did not disappoint. Another very supportive person and passionate mom and it was super amazing to hear her talk with pride about how she raised her kids like Ricky, to be accepting of all.
We took lots of pictures and helped hold presence for folks. spread lots of love and Marjorie almost got kidnapped and taken to New York by an admirer. Hanukkah almost started their own title match over babies. We even got sideways smiled at the whole way through! There was no cracking that smile either. Just stayed getting larger.
Thank you to all the wrestlers who put on an amazing show last night!
We love yall!
It's that time of year again! The SOIL Sisters were featured participants in the annual RC Gala, recognizing the work of the Rainbow Cafe and helping to raise money for the organization.
Sister Fagatha Hardness, albeit in their more mundane manifestation, was present to provide the year-in-review report as the outgoing chair of the board of directors. Seriously, that nun is so busy in our community and has had to take a brief respite from manifesting, but you know they are still doing the werk! Congratulations on an amazing three-year run (right up to term limits!) as board chair for this vital resource center, Abbess!
Sister Gay Bitch Milkshake delivered the blessing. She is getting so good at those! This was one of their best--all about gardens and growing things long and thick--delicious! Plus, they provided a little goodhearted shade for last year's Gala catering--a tease made possible because this year's catering by Cristaudo's was divine! Although, we're pretty sure next year's blessing might include some shade for more staffing at the bar.
Sister Mothra Stewart ran a live auction, selling art by Kendra Keefer and Shannon Green, goading some bidding-war competition to get those prices up and bring in funds for the Rainbow Cafe and confirmation for the artists. After the auction, a participant pointed out that Sr Mothra claimed the auctions provided guilt-free purchasing but then used guilt to get folks to bid. Sr Mothra pointed out that while the purchasing was guilt-free, the failure to bid on items was not. Isn't that how a charity auction works?
Shout out to Carrie Vine and Sandy Pensoneau-Conway and all the other folks at Rainbow Cafe for putting on an amazing event. The Gala remains a highlight of the year and evidence of the good work advocating for and supporting the LGBTQ community in Southern Illinois.