Important Announcements!

Southborough Safe Spaces receives grant from The Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

February 26, 2024

For Immediate Release:

Southborough Safe Spaces (SBSS) is delighted to announce that they have received a grant from The Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.  The grant will go towards the installation of the Voices Carry traveling photography collection at Wellesley Village Church on Saturday, June 1st, 2024, kicking off Pride Month celebrations in Wellesley and the greater Metrowest area. 

Southborough Safe Spaces is a support and advocacy group for queer youth that cultivates a community where every LGBTQIA+ young person is empowered to thrive and is equipped with the skills, tools, resources, and confidence to navigate life’s challenges. SBSS is intentionally interfaith & spiritually inclusive. We honor the significance and the connection between mind, body, and spirit as equal cornerstones of our being. This space for curious exploration is what makes our independent nonprofit organization unique. We enthusiastically partner with both secular and faith-based organizations that align with our core values and seek to support equality for all LGBTQIA+ people. We envision a more equitable world where all queer youth are believed and feel fully free to become their authentic selves.

Voices Carry is a mobile photographic art installation started by SBSS and renowned photographer Chelsea Bradway of All Things Sparkley Photography. It is a passion project of SBSS that began in 2021 as a way to showcase the beauty, resilience, and real-life portrayal of LGBTQ+ people for our LGBTQ+ youth to witness. Voices Carry has evolved to become a powerful advocacy, outreach, and educational tool that has grown to over 250 photographs. In the summer of 2023, the project added two new photographers, Worcester Arts Council award winner Ray Bernoff and Cameron Hill. We strive to highlight all the ways that LGBTQ+ folks live full and authentic lives across the lifespan, often as examples and role models.  Each iteration of the Voices Carry installation is unique, every show expands as we photograph queer identifying individuals in each host community. Upcoming shows will feature digital and live storytelling components, offering viewers a glimpse into the origin stories that helped shape these amazing individuals into who they are today.

In December of 2023, SBSS won the Abernethy Award from Wellesley Village Church, kicking off a mutually beneficial partnership between the church and SBSS.  Wellesley Village Church’s commitment to partnership with SBSS has led to the planning of this exciting event.

The Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are an areligious Order of Queer, Clown Nuns who pledge
ourselves to promulgate Universal Joy and to eliminate Stigmatic Guilt. We also pledge to serve our Community, our Fellow Sisters, and the Ministry of Perpetual Indulgence. We are a modern Order of Nuns. We are a philosophical order, not a religious one. We welcome all to help us do good works regardless of their gender associations, spiritual affiliations, or proclivities. You may be male, female, transgender, gender non-binary, or intersex. You may be straight, gay/lesbian, bisexual, queer, or questioning. You may prefer wearing suits or dresses, leather or lace, or nothing at all. You may enjoy baking or boxing, kitsch or kink. 

The Boston Sisters are a House of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence™, Inc. (www.thesisters.org), which was founded in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979 and now embodies more than 50 Houses in North America and another 23 Houses worldwide.

The five aspects of our Practice include Ministry, Activism, Education, Entertainment, and Service. We believe that people should be encouraged to live their lives in any way that brings them the most amount of satisfaction and joy, without guilt or shame, so long as they do harm to no one. This underlying philosophical tradition of pure non-judgmentalism informs every aspect of our Practice.