Novice Sister Tyrenna Rexxx

Born in Connecticut but raised in Ohio, Tyrena arrived in the Queen City in July 2015 to attend the University of Cincinnati. She hadn’t previously interacted much with the LGBT community, and the city of Cincinnati welcomed her with open arms. Tyrena’s first interaction with the sisters was with the Cincinnati Sisters at On Broadway bar, and she admired the friendly, outgoing sisters and aspired to develop friendships with them. This budding friendship turned into an offer to join the Cincinnati Sisters as an aspirant, and she began her journey to sisterhood in July 2017. Her first public manifestation as an aspirant was to compete in the Drag Races at the First Sunday on Main in downtown Cincinnati.

In her muggle life, Tyrena is a doctoral student in paleontology at the University of Cincinnati. Her name, derived from Tyrannosaurus Rex, is an homage to paleontology and was bestowed upon her by fellow postulant Sister Ida Claire. Tyrena plans on staying in the Queen City until the completion of her degree in 2020, and from there she will fly wherever the winds (and job prospects) take her.

As a sister, Tyrena hopes to promote an open and inclusive LGBT community, to ensure that everyone knows that they are accepted, respected, and supported. Additionally, she wants to serve her community through volunteer work, specifically regarding sexual health and education. She is excited to spend more time becoming part of the broader LGBT community in Cincinnati, and take the opportunity to promulgate joy and expiate stigmatic guilt as she dances (poorly) through the streets of this beautiful Midwestern city.

Novice Sister Ida Claire

I had my first interaction with a sister in my early 20’s (that was a long time ago…). I was at a show for an out stand-up comedian who had a bit in the movie Mrs. Doubtfire. There was a Sister from San Francisco at his show. My boyfriend, at the time, wanted to hang out after and meet the comedian as well as the Sister. We had a great time in that interaction. That was the first time I had ever encountered “Sister” and it will forever stand out for me.

Fast-forward, let’s just say a while, and I moved to the San Francisco Bay area. As a gay dude in S.F. you are just going to run into a sister. They would regularly hold beer busts at my favorite haunt (The Eagle Tavern, as it was known then.) as well as street fairs and the like. The more time I spent in the city, the more encounters I had with Sisters.

Fast forward just a few years more and I find myself wanting to let myself explore how I might show up in some form of drag. Ooh Gurl! I am a “handsome” woman to put it nicely. Some of that may have to do with the fact that I don’t care for my face without fur. Long story short, it didn’t turn out so well. Yet I was still compelled to explore it. My partner, at the time, said “Hey you should look into becoming a Sister. You’ll be able to keep your beard and be doing things that benefit the community. It was a great idea. So, for the next five years I toyed with the idea. I spoke with Sisters from various houses and tried to learn what being a Sister meant to them.

Five years later and I’m with my current partner who just happened to be a founding member of the Cincinnati Sisters. He encouraged me to join. To this day, I’m not sure there’s a moment in which I said “yes let’s do this,’ but rather he said “you have to come to this meeting on Wednesday and become an aspirant.” Initially I resisted “oh no, wait. I’m not ready for this yet..” blah blah blah enter the non-committal commentary. Finally, I decided that it was right in front of me and it was going to be now or never. When that “Now or Never” concept was in front of me I imagined my life further down the road and me having not become a Sister. Then I saw myself being so mad. So I committed.

I’m very glad I did. This has been a wonderful experience where I have been able to see people do beautiful things as well as be a part of someone else’s beautiful experience. I’m proud to be a Sister and look forward to future Sister life as I continue down this road.

Novice Sister Barely Clearance

Bearly Clearance is just your typical mid-western house-nun. Full of love and light, Barely can often be found with a song in her voice, dance in her step, and usually a cocktail in her hand. As a Cincinnati Sister, she prides herself on being reliable and easy to talk to. She may be the loudest Sister, but she also has one of the biggest… hearts.

Novice Guard Tuxedo Mask4Masc

Seth is one of those puppies that has always had an affinity for boots. Not the annoying kind that hi-jacks your shoes, taking them away to gnaw on them and leaves them absolutely demolished behind the couch for you to find the instant you’re heading to IML, but the loving kind that will slobber on them until they shine like a freshly loved bone. Seth has been an active part of the bootblacking community working in such places as CLAW, international puppy , Iowa leather weekend and his partner Zak Rittenhouse’s bedroom (or his Daddy bears, he aint picky) and is well loved for his “waddling Corgi cuteness” amongst the puppies of the leather community. As an Agent of ASH! (His Alpha) he is a force to be reckoned with and a guy to be reconed with. He is a full member of Titans of the Midwest, and the dean of Kink U Columbus as well as Co-Dean, with his partner in crime Duckie, of Kink U Tristate leather weekend. In his local community he can be found working on events for the local PaH group “Ruff pups” and the Cincinnati Sisters as well as being on staff for Iowa Leather Weekend as Head Bootblack/Bootblack coordinator. When not at Leather events he is spending time with his local leather family and Daddy bear Zach Bellman as well as advocating body positivity to the puppy community at large.

Iam looking forward to serving the sisters as guard Tuxedo Masc4Mask as we spread joy and love across Cincinatti and the world as a whole.

“I have seen two paths, and made another between. ”
-Karma

Sister Tonkabelle

Since my first experience with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence almost 20 years ago, I knew that one day I would join their ranks. You see, for me they represent love and joy and they brought those two things into my life during key moments when I have needed it the most through the years.

For me being a Sister is more than just putting on a white face and going out and being silly. It is a representation – a physical manifestation – of what can happen when you let go of the fears and self-doubt that restrain you and allow yourself to be free to experience a moment, love, sex and life.

You see the Sisters exist for that purpose for me. Being one reminds me daily to not allow myself to be caged again, to be put back into a box, a label, or anything else restraining. It reminds me to put myself out there and be seen in case someone is where I used to be, waiting to break the shackles of what I was told I had or needed to be and to become what I want to be. What I was meant to be.

Sister Shay D’Arcade

Previously a desert rose, Shay’s first interaction with The Sisters was with The Grand Canyon Sisters of Phoenix, Arizona. A “budding” leatherman, Tugger looked upon this house and wanted to support their doctrine of love and support. After planning his move to the Queen City, Tugger was elated to learn of the Aspirant house of the Immaculate 4-way; craving to be a part of the organization he had admired while his plates had been full.

The name of Shay D’Arcade is that of an impoverished french aristocrat, Shay Lorraine, Duchess D’Arcade. She fled to a convent after she was was ripped from her home… A glory hole… I got my name from a glory hole; a shady arcade, if you will. For some reason I thought it would be cute to be named after an Adult Video Store, after all, that is where I do my BEST worshiping to an invisible god.

As a Sister I hope to perpetuate a welcome demeanor and remove any hostility or guilt that we may face as being a sexual being! We are here to live our lives and to enjoy ourselves and each other! Shay is a little bit of a costume queen. I enjoy playing with themes and clothes to match how I am feeling that day! My favorite sister look is where I adorn a harness and jock (hot, right?!) and to top it all off I throw on a diaphanous pink caftan for a look of whimsy while leaving little to the imagination. People are going to look. Give them something to look at.

Noice Guard Peek-at-chu

Guard Peek-at-chu can often be found among friends and community members. He strives to make everyone feel special, important, and empowered. He is a member of the Cincinnati leather community holding the title of Mr. Cincinnati Leather 2017, a care provider working in multiple groups to improve healthcare in Greater Cincinnati, and an advocate for anyone and everyone that needs a friend.

Sister Molly Mormen

Growing up gay and Mormon in the suburbs of Salt Lake City, Utah, was difficult. My family was truly orthodox in their beliefs and I did everything I could to ensure I stayed faithful and true to the church of my youth.

After surviving multiple suicide attempts, serving a two-year Mormon mission to Montreal, and graduating from Mormon-owned Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, I decided I couldn’t hide anymore and that, truthfully, I didn’t want to live a lie for the rest of my life.

I started coming out to friends and dating my first boyfriend at 25 and eventually came out to my family after I turned 27. Being authentic and trying to find my own path and a personal sense of joy cost me most of my relationships and I ultimately lost contact with the majority of my family and the bulk of my friends.

Being a bigger guy and formerly active in the Utah bear community, I was always drawn to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and their collaboration with the leather community. The makeup, the creativity, and the mission to “Spread Joy” wherever they went always inspired me. When I learned that there were efforts to establish an Abbey of Sisters here in Cincinnati, I immediately knew I wanted to join the group and support their mission within our city.

I believe in the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. I believe in the good that active, visible members of our community can do when they unite behind worthwhile causes. And I believe that my passion, my history, and my connections within the local drag community and other GLBT resources and organizations can support the Cincinnati Sisters’ vision now and for many years to come.

With love,

Sister Molly Mormen

Cincinnati’s Original Sister Empress

Empress XXV of the ISQCCBE

Sister Melika Sparkles

Sister Melika is a transplant from a warmer climate. She hails from south Louisiana. Her background is one steeped in community service. From church involvement to regional theatre to organizing company involvement in the annual Pride parade, Sister Melika is determined to make the world sparkle…for EVERYONE! She first manifested at the end of October on All Hallows weekend, which gave this years All Saints day a much deeper meaning. Sister Melika is so looking forward to working with her Sisters to make the city of Cincinnati, the state of Ohio, the nation of America, and, ultimately the world, sparkle again!

Novice Guard Magnus

I became a guard to show my support for the Sisters and take part in activities within the community. I decided to maintain a pup aspect to my guard position as it allows me to maintain a headspace as a service pup that coincides with the nature of the sisters – to be fun-loving, approachable, socially and physically active, and engaging individual while allowing me to play a protective, watchful role.

Sister Lustee Raw’ket

Sister Lustee Raw’ket is a Boss Hog professional top who has his fingers in all the pies and who likes hairy men while getting blown in the rain. She has provided countless hand jobs to the unfortunate and single-handedly brought the gonaherpasyphaclap back to Cincinnati. When she isn’t the president of the Gay & Lesbian Community Center, President of the River City Softball league, or Co-Chair of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, you can find her being a human lap bucket for his cat and emotional support for his dog. The way to his heart is fried chicken and low carb lube.

Novice Sister Kara Mel’Delight

“Little Latin boy in drag, why are you crying?”

Hi there! My name is Kara Mel’Delight and where I may not be latin, this little boy did do a little drag and had a few tears to get into this habit (the tears were from the fortress of pins). The start of my journey within the Sisterhood started simply, a friend asked if I was interested and of course, as most men who aren’t used to pushing their own boundaries said, “maybe.” As you see, that “maybe” turned into a “HELL YEAH,” which actualy took place after my first night out as Kara Mel’Delight. My fellow Sisters not only greeted me endearingly, but encouraged me to express myself in every creative way that I didn’t give myself previously. This alone was enough to hook me into a new set of heels and a color pallet, but there has been so much more to promote this newfound culture…

Growing up as a little mixed gay boy in a town known only for its prison that’s hidden within country cornfields sounds a bit like Deliverance. Luckily, I had a stigmatized black 21-year Army Officer father with undoubtedly untreated psychological issues to set me “straight.” Normal was a term often used in my home, growing up. Not understanding what someone else’s definition of who I should be, or how I should act left me with far more tears than I, or my mother, deserved. My step-mother has always been my hero. Not only shielding me from the abuse of a parent, but showing me just how perfectly acceptable it is to be exactly who I am. No matter how different. Love is love. You don’t need anyone else’s definition of it to feel complete. For 18 traumatic years, fear and seclusion ran my life. Near permanently distorted views of family and interpersonal relationships and the idea that everyone was going to hurt me and there was nothing I could do about it… When it was time for college I was able to escape and be arond others who understood the same love that my mother expressed. Many more tears were shead over time realizing just how right my mom was, and that it is completely okay with being exactly who you are. Fear is a powerful tool, but you can’t let it keep your heart captive. You must love yourself freely to face your fears boldly and tell them (per my mother), “FUCK YOU,” you never know where you may end up, but that’s part of the journey. That is the excitement, the love, the lesson.

Maybe brought me to my new family. “Why not?” allowed me to question my own stigmas so I could express new thoughts and ideas. “Yes” lets me hold hands with those I can now call friends and Sisters. The more I learn what it means to be a Sister, the more I seem to flourish. I have finally found my tribe whose hearts match my own. We stand up for those who have been hurt, who cry in fear, who need a hand or shoulder to lean on or an ear to listen. We seek to be everything that we didn’t have and needed for those who are still too afraid to do it alone. Becoming a Sister has made me a stronger and even more compassionate individual. I feel as though I’ve grown more in the past few months of starting this journey than I have in years. I don’t have to be afraid of not being something I know isn’t me. I can encourage others to have the same strength. Even if that may be in heels and a dress, painted face and habit, lipstick and eyebrows on fleek for days. With all the creass of a navy ship of seamen and demented humor that makes the pill bottles pop that much harder, the Sisters allow Kara to make me the best version of myself that I never could have imagined without them. And I am so thankful and proud of that.

With utmost love, encouragement and grace (in heels),

Kara

Sister Charity Balls

Sister Charity Balls is a queer, leatherman, geek, and professional big spoon. He enjoys long walks on the beach, no-bake cookies, getting caught in the rain, boxed wine, and Keto.

Early on in his adventure she discovered his love of serving the leather community through bootblacking. Earning the title Ohio Bootblack 2014, Charity (Zach) has spent the last four years traveling the country spreading bootblack love and education through practicing his craft at contests and teaching events, and other “shine-anigans” he gets himself into.

He is a Board member of the Titans of the Midwest, which helps facilitate kink education and community building events, in an inclusive spirit, all across the Midwest. He is also an associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club and an associate member of the Kentucky Leather Brotherhood.

Residing in Cincinnati for the last 10 years, Sister Charity, by day, is an IT Professional (another bear working in IT, am I right?). He looks forward to spreading joy and love throughout the city that has adopted him, and hopes to give back to a community that has embraced him.

Sister Anna Mae Ceres

Astrological Sign: Capricorn

Spirit Animal: Jigglypuff

House Affiliation: Ravenclaw

 

Born and raised in Central and Northern Kentucky, I finally made the move across the river to Cincinnati in the summer of 2013, and have loved it ever since.  I studied Music Education in college, but have found a different calling now after seven years.

My Sistory began through the Derby City Sisters a few years ago.  I quickly became friends with a number of the Sisters, and also a few from the Rock and Roll City Sisters.  The Sisters have always been a joy to be around, and as someone who typically melts into the shadows but who also loves to cosplay, this was a way that I felt that I could bring myself forward and be a force for good in the community.

To me, being a Sister is about spreading joy and happiness to everyone.  Cincinnati is a very diverse community, and one that’s had its ups and downs for some time.  For me, being a sister is about being a positive force in a city that too often gets caught up in negativity. It’s about building close relationships with other organizations in our community, and it’s to help raise money for those in need.  I am committed to fight the stigma that is HIV and to spread the message that you can be who you want to be, love who you want to love, and that we do not need to live with the constant burden of stmatic guilt!

Anna Mae Ceres was born out of my love for Japanese animation.  I am by far no expert in the matter, but I do love the way it is drawn.  I am a huge nerd and geek – from video games, to anime, and even the occasional Renaissance reenactment, I love to have fun with friends and loved ones.  Finally, I love to sing and love to perform (although this is rather recent as Anna Mae loves to be on stage)!