“As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two sisters, Simone, who is called Petra, and Andrea his sister, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed…”

(The Polari Bible : Matthew 4:18-20)

Come and have a lovely time

What Matthew omitted was that Petra and Andrea returned to their nets and fashioned fish scaled tights with them for use in their new musical: “Jesus Christ Superstar”.  A a result, this is the tale of a nice man who fell in love with a sex worker before being nailed to a tree by society. The story is the origin of our work against sexual shame and also the term ‘fishnet stockings’. Time moves forever forward, though, and now The Sisters get out and about to spread the word and provide help and succour.

But what makes someone become a Sister?

the calling

Sister BangBang found her calling with poppers in hand, mounting a disco ball…consequently, she screeched in to the convent like Miley Cyrus (but far, far older). Sister Matic found her calling during Mardi Gras 1999 -after sipping a delightful cocktail of gin, beer and Canal water.

She ran for the Convent shrubbery to throw up, waking 5 days later in the arms of Seth the gardener.

She decided to stay, who wouldn’t?!

So as you can see, the call to Sisterhood takes many guises. If you feel a queer urge and seek to fight shame and guilt, you could do worse than take on our veil. 

See the veils of our members here!

The following is a guide to your glittery journey
First of all, there are four stages to becoming a fully fledged sister: In short (because you’ve probably got 5 Grindr messages by now):


On your marks, get set, GO! This part is about expressing an interest in the Sisterhood. As a result, this is usually expressed along the lines of “Don’t you look fabulous Sister!” (We like that). In conclusion, we arrange to meet for a cuppa and a chat. You are ‘aspiring’ to become a Sister.


Lasting 3-6 months or so. Hence, this period is about trying it out. Furthermore, it’s the only way to know if you have what it takes. Most of all, we get to know one another.You come out with us all, rattle a bucket, give out love and have a giggle.


Lasting a year and a day, or thereabouts – it’s not set in stone. This is where is gets serious occasionally – we like each other and want to move it on a notch. In addition, you take on vows and a full habit (white veil). Furthermore, you get a novice mistress who will advise and offer support. You still rattle buckets and spread the love, only now you can throw in a few ideas of your own, suggest events and feel more included.

Black Veil:

You seem like a nice person. If you have proven to be a talented nun and most noteworthy, we accept you into the order fully. You can now vote and eventually train other nunlings. Especially relevant is that you get a black veil and can start creating your own signature look like Sister BangBang. (She says it took her years to perfect – actually she was visiting B&Q when the paint mixer exploded. She hasn’t washed since).

get involved

You want to take the next step to join the Manchester Sisters – fantastic! All you have to do is send us a quick email – just say Hello and what your name is, and then we’ll be in contact.

We usually, first time, just arrange to meet with you for a casual coffee and have a chat. It’s all very informal!


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