Kind Badass of the Week: Sister Roma

Each week KindaKind will feature a badass who is putting their passion to a purpose and doing something great for the world.


The first Kind Badass of the Week is Sister Roma, The Most Photographed Nun In The World™


For 29 years, Sister Roma has been one of the most continuously active, outspoken and highly visible members of the Sister of Perpetual Indulgence. She has dedicated more than half of her life to serving the San Francisco LGBTQI community as an activist, fundraiser, public speaker, hostess/Master of Ceremonies, columnist, talk show host, and an arguable gay icon.


What is your passion?

I want the world to be a better place because I was here.


How are you putting your passion to a purpose?

I raise awareness to injustices and social issues. I fight for what I believe in. I vote. I organize demonstrations. I participate in protests. I speak at rallies. I carry picket signs. I appear on television and radio. I promote education. I speak at colleges and universities. I break down barriers of race, sexuality, gender, and build bridges of understanding and acceptance. I raise a lot of money for charitable organizations. I feed the hungry. I nurture and care for the young and old alike. I engage with people. I listen. I care. I love.


How did you get started?

It all began 29 years ago when I joined the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in San Francisco and Sister Roma was born.


Why do you do it?

Anyone who has ever volunteered, fought for change, stood up for what they believe in, donated clothing or food or shown a stranger kindness already knows the answer. There is no better feeling in the world than helping others. Every tiny bit you put out comes back tenfold.


Favorite thing about what you do?

Tears of joy.