Sister Roma Creates the Stop The Violence Campaign!

In 1991, Sister Roma was in San Francisco and introduced her STOP the Violence Campaign. The introduction of the campaign was a reaction to the organised homophobia and transphobia hate crimes in the streets. A window placard system was devised to mark safe homes to run to in the instance of an attack or the threat of an attack. The STOP the Violence Campaign distributed window signs and whistles in the various neighborhoods, districts of the city as well as on college campuses which were used for people to call for help when being gay bashed.

She served on the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and has participated in countless fundraising projects leading to strong relationships. She has helped a long list of causes that promote and serve the LGBT community. 
She also educates people within the community on sexual health issues. One of her career goals is to be on the cover of Vanity Fair. This was easily done with the help of Photoshop. When Sister Roma asked about her career highlights she said:

“I have the arduous task of looking at naked men all day long as the Art Director at Hot House Entertainment.”

Sister Roma is habitually, perpetually and happily single, but enjoys brief encounters when visiting her beloved Puerto Vallarta. With a schedule like hers, when would she have time to nurture a relationship? Summing up her time with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, she said:

“In 25 years I’ve done it all baby! I’ve worked with everyone from AIDS to PAWS. I’ve served food at Thanksgiving with Tenderloin Tessie’s. I’ve painted kids’ faces for LYRIC. I’ve hosted a Masturbate-a-thon for the Center For Sex and Culture. I’ve moderated public forums on safer sex for the SF AIDS Foundation. Mostly though, I’m a loudmouth who is very comfortable on stage. I’ve been the MC at countless events for years, including Folsom Street Fair, AEF Christmas Eve Dinner, Easter in Dolores Park, SF Drag King Contest, Mr. & Miss Gay SF Contest, San Francisco Pride, Halloween In The Castro, Castro Street Fair, and AIDS Emergency Fund County Fair – to name a few. I’m thrilled whenever anyone thinks to invite me to be a part of their event.”

Some of Sister Roma’s favorite sayings include:

“Life’s a banquet and most poor sons o’ bitches are starving to death!”- Auntie Mame

“All men are created equal.”- Abraham Lincoln

“There’s only one true judge and that’s God, so chill, and let my father do his job.” – Salt N’ Peppa.

Sister Roma’s advice to others is simple:

“Be yourself. Accept yourself. Love yourself. Live your life however you want, and don’t listen to what other people say or think, especially drag queens in a newspaper interview, for God’s sake!”

Sister Roma is an inspiration to the entire LGTBQ community which she serves with passion and integrity.

Photo: Sister Roma

In addition to all her community and charity work Sister Roma also acts professionally as well as in more casual drag performances in clubs. In 2003 she appeared in Ronnie Larsen’s Sleeping With Straight Men at Theatre Rhinoceros with Mink Stole. Sleeping with Straight Men was produced to be a drama based comedy about the Jenny Jones murder case. Sleeping with Straight Men is filled with nudity and odd sexual scenes.

In Falcon Studio’s 1997 film High Tide, Sister Roma appeared with drag star and porn producer Chi Chi LaRue. High Tide had one of the largest casting of it’s time filled with beautiful men and large erections. The adult movie was based in the beautiful landscapes of Hawaii. The men are on the beach, hot and drenched with sweat which makes for some steamy scenes. This movie features Anders a man who has lost his memory, who is trying to get away from his fiancee. He tries to get to a private island to give himself some private time to work out what is going on. On the island he finds a man named Mr Tom Chase who had previously known him. Their connection reignites as Mr Tom Chase and Anders find themselves making out under a cascading waterfall.

In 2006, Sister Roma was nominated for Best Nonsexual Performance Gay Adult Video News (GAYVN) award for her portrayal of Mona Lott, the maid of Wet Palms which is a ten episode gay porn soap opera series. Wet Palms is based upon a man named Peter Dune who is an avid night clubber and is a gorgeous underwear model. He moves on from his old life of partying to be with a man named Tucker Bang who is a kind man that write articles for “Jetsetter” a gay gossip magazine. Simon Jett The Wet Palms hotel manager’s brother is trying to get into Peters pants.

Sister Roma also performed at San Francisco’s longest running drag show Trannyshack. Trannyshack is a drag show that runs once a week. It was originally founded by drag queen Heklina as a Study Bar which ran for 12 years. Trannyshack regularly draws big crowds to their shows. Sister Roma also writes a bi-weekly column Drag It for San Fransisco’s gay alternative magazine Gloss.

Come and meet this iconic drag queen who is one of the hardest working activists for the LGBTQI community at the exclusive FREE meet and greet at 6pm the 3rd of March 2017 at Park Street Books, Level 2/44 Park Street, Sydney. There will also be gay adult movie icons including Brent Corrigan, JJ Knight and Chi Chi LaRue.

Author: Mia is a consultant from Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle Centres

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