The Derby City Sisters exists as a modern order of 21st century nuns dedicated to community service, fund-raising, outreach, advocacy, education for safer sex awareness, and a ministry of presence*. Humbly promoting human rights and respect for diversity. It is our goal to empower our LGBTQIA family and the Louisville community at large to embrace their unique beauty and to fully realize their self-worth.

The Derby City Sisters spread the message of JOY and LOVE to all who will listen. We use humor, irreverent wit, and wisdom imparted from our history to expose the forces of bigotry, and guilt that chain the human spirit. We vow to promulgate universal joy and expiate stigmatic guilt through public manifestation and habitual perpetration. We gladly welcome all races, genders, creeds, and sexual orientations.

* Ministry of presence is what we have to offer the community, either it be a shoulder to cry on, or someone to lift your spirits, our members are here to create the space for you to share your joys and suffering in a safe, affirming light. Presence is representative of physical space, but also awareness, cognitive connection, and a safe place for sexual and spiritual expression.



The Derby City Sisters is a Mission House for The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Formed as a 501 (C) (3) public charitable organization, we are dedicated to the support, education, and development of the LGBTQIA community. DCS was founded January 1, 2014 and Louisville was introduced to the Sisters during Easter Weekend.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence came into existence Easter weekend in 1979. Three men dressed in full traditional nuns habits went out into the San Francisco community and began what has become the Sisters’ mission:

“The Sisters are an order of 21st Century nuns dedicated to the promulgation of universal joy and the expiation of stigmatic guilt. Our ministry is one of public manifestation and habitual perpetration.” Since then, many have heeded the calling and there are now hundreds of Sisters, manifesting in countries all around the world. The Derby City Sisters are dedicated to continuing the work started by those 3 Sisters many years ago. The name of DCS reflects our desire to raise awareness upon our community through charitable acts, community outreach, and education in a fashion that “promulgates universal joy”.