Welcome to an Online Archive of the Toronto Order of Perpetual Indulgence (1981-1986)
The Toronto Order of Perpetual Indulgence was founded by Sisters Appassionata della Bawdy House, Opiate of the Masses, Robbed at Birth, Florida Naranja, Intelligentsia, Exposia, Rosa Relentless and Hair Apparent, with their first Public Manifestation at the 1981 Toronto Pride event.
After that first manifestation Sister Mary Media, a member of the San Francisco Mother House and a Toronto native visited and, in the words of Founding Sister Soami DeLuxe (ne Sister Missionary Position) “brought word back to the mother house you were A OK,” and so the Toronto House became the Third Order (after the Mother House and the Sydney Australia Order).
The last active Sisters (Atrociata von Tasteless, Celestial Gates, Flagellation of Forbidden Fruit, Sadie Masochism and Sleazia) declared the organization inactive as of October, 1986. In between those dates the Sisters were active in a number of Good Works; this site will commemorate as many as possible.
Although each international Order is independent, the San Francisco House is recognized as the first manifestation of Perpetual Indulgence (and the registered owner of the SPI trademark in the USA).
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Below is a scan of the cover image of the Toronto Order’s “Cum Clean” – an informative 1980’s pamphlet addressing STD’s in the Gay Community. Please note that the title reflected the times; Sisters now do not use ‘clean‘ in reference to someone’s hiv status. New scans of both editions of the pamphlet are now posted online by a Friend of the Order.
Standing (from left to right): Nurse Sisters Celestial Gates, Sleazia, Flagellation of Forbidden Fruit,
Atrociata von Tasteless. Being inspected: Sister Sadie Masochism