Play Fair!

Dublin Core


Play Fair!




The San Francisco Order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence



gay men, sexual health, HIV/AIDS


PDF Pamphlet


This safer sex brochure was developed by The San Francisco Order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. It is considered one of the first safer sex materials written for and by gay men.

From the front:
"Several months ago, Mother Superior noticed an unusual incidence of sniffling, coughing, grimacing, scratching and farting around the Convent. Several of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were complaining about sore balls, swollen glands, scratchy throats, rashes, cramps, lumps and tingling between their legs. Besides the necessities of hiring a resident RotoRooter man and replacing the hinges of the bathroom doors weekly, the Convent’s consumption of toilet paper, aspirin, band aids and air freshener grew so unreasonably that Mother Superior was forced to ask the Vatican for a larger slush fund just to keep the Order solvent. Embarrassed by such outrageous expenses and alarmed by the general malaise – and, in some cases, downright collapse – of the sisters, Mother Superior made it her business to get to the bottom of the unhappy situation on the very morning that she found a queen crab walking up her leg. What she discovered may gross you out but these findings could prove
useful in preventing or eliminating similar situations in your own life. It seems that the Sisters were suffering from numerous Sexual Transmitted Diseases. In the dark as to their discomfort, many nuns preferred to believe they had contracted unusually pesky colds that would sooner or later disappear. Unfortunately, we are in for some harsh lessons in personal and social responsibility concerning health matters.”


[no text]


[no text]


Chris Barcelos

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

[no text]

Physical Dimensions

[no text]


The San Francisco Order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, “Play Fair!,” Queer and Trans Safer Sex Project, accessed December 4, 2021,

Output Formats

Social Bookmarking