Sister Boom Boom, the drag nun persona of astrologer Jack Fertig,[1] was one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence who has since retired from the group.

In 1982, she ran for a seat on the San Francisco, California Board of Supervisors on the "Nun of the Above" ticket with agitprop campaigning tactics bringing humor and raising issues she felt were being ignored in the race. She received 23,124 votes with her occupation listed as "Nun of the Above" but did not win. After she started campaigning for mayor in 1983 against incumbent Dianne Feinstein, San Francisco passed a law requiring candidates to use only their legal names on the ballot. This was commonly called the "Sister Boom Boom law", that all people running for office had to do so with their legal name.[1] She is one of the characters in Emily Mann's play "Execution of Justice" about the trial of Dan White for the assassinations of the city’s first openly gay supervisor, Harvey Milk, and Mayor George Moscone who were killed in 1978.[2] In the Broadway production she was played by Wesley Snipes.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Boom Town: San Francisco Cracks Down", Time Magazine, Apr. 11, 1983. Retrieved on 2007-10-28. 
  2. Nolte, Carl. "CITY HALL SLAYINGS, 25 Years Later: Revisiting the horror of that day of death; for those who are old enough, the memory is searing", San Francisco Chronicle, 2003-11-26. Retrieved on 2006-12-10. 
  3. Gussow, Mel. "Stage: Emily Mann's 'Execution of Justice'", The New York Times, 1986-03-14. 

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