The People’s Harm Reduction Alliance (PHRA) recognized the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of St. Joan with the first ever Golden Syringe Award on May 13 at PHRA’s Stand Up For Harm Reduction, Comedy Showcase at Jet City Improv.
The Sisters, an order of 21st century nuns dedicated to the promulgation of universal joy and the expiation of stigmatic guilt, have helped lead the fight against HIV/AIDS and were central figures in the Stand Up For Harm Reduction event. It’s only fitting that the Golden Syringe is larger than life and covered in glitter.
The honor exemplifies the love and compassion the Sisters have toward harm reduction and Seattle’s transgender brothers and sisters. The Sisters took a stand in 2015 and made it possible for PHRA to start providing sterile and safe hormone injection needles free of charge to the transgender community through the University Needle Exchange.
Sister Glo Euro N’Wei stated, “I am deeply honored and proud to accept this award because my mission in life is everybody deserves love, everybody is worthy of love and everybody is love.”
“Every person that comes through our doors is told they are loved, they are worth it and they are good enough just the way that they are” said PHRA Executive Director, Shilo Murphy.
PHRA works under the philosophy of harm reduction to fight the spread of infectious disease and educate the community about safer drug use. They offer safe disposal of used needles, access to new needles and clean supplies, referrals to other pertinent services such as detox and treatment options, and now free Hepatitis C testing, all in a non-judgmental environment. PHRA has been a key player in the local fight against Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS.
For more information about PHRA, please visit peoplesharmreductionalliance.