Pioneering Queer Activist Jack Fertig, aka Sister Boom Boom, Dies at 57

Jack Fertig, aka Sister Boom Boom, well-known in San Francisco as an early AIDS activist and pioneer of queer rights and awareness, died Sunday night at age 57 after a battle with liver cancer. Sister Boom Boom was Fertig's famous drag nun persona who brought queer consciousness into the mainstream in the 1980s.

Her full name, Sister Rose of the Bloody Stains of the Sacred Robes of Jesus, unquestionably demanded a truncated nickname. From 1980 through 1985, Sister Boom Boom was active with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an LGBT activist organization that combines drag with religious imagery for satirical street performance and protests.

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