Roma Guy

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Roma Guy
Maine, USA

Roma Guy (born 1942)[1] is an American LGBT- and women's-rights activist.[2][3] She was born in Maine and earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maine, after which she worked in Africa for nine years.[2] She is openly lesbian.[3]

Roma and her partner Dianne moved to San Francisco in the 1970s.[2] They were two of The Women's Building's cofounders, and Roma was a cofounder of La Casa de las Madres, SF Women Against Rape, and The Women’s Foundation of California.[4][2][5] Roma also advocated for women's access to health care in San Francisco.[2] She served for twelve years on the Health Commission City and County of San Francisco.[6]

From 1994 to 2007 she worked as a professor in the Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University.[5] As of 2017 she is the director of the Bay Area Homelessness Program.[2]

In 2014 the San Francisco Health Commission adopted a "Resolution Recognizing the Life & Legacy of Roma Guy".[7]

In 2018 she was chosen by the National Women's History Project as one of its honorees for Women's History Month in the United States.[8]

Emily Skeggs plays the younger Roma Guy and Mary-Louise Parker plays the older Roma Guy in the 2017 miniseries about LGBT rights called When We Rise.[9]


  1. ^ "Finding Aid for the Roma Guy papers, circa 1960s-1980". Online Archive of California. Retrieved 2018-06-20.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "The Real-Life Gay Rights Activists of ABC's When We Rise". February 26, 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  3. ^ a b Mosthof, Mariella (2017-02-21). "Is Roma Guy A Real Person On 'When We Rise'? Mary-Louise Parker's Character Tells An Important Piece Of The Story". Romper. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  4. ^ "Resolution Recognizing the Life & Legacy of Roma Guy"
  5. ^ a b Dana Getz (2017-01-03). "What Is Roma Guy Doing Now? The When We Rise Activist Has An Inspiring Career". Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  6. ^ "Roma Guy". Graterol Consulting. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  7. ^ "Resolution Recognizing the Life & Legacy of Roma Guy"
  8. ^ Lord, Debbie (25 February 2018). "National Women's History Month: What is it, when did it begin, who is being honored this year?".
  9. ^ Goldberg, Leslie (April 26, 2016). "ABC's Gay Rights Mini Enlists Michael K. Williams, Sets All-Star Guest Cast". The Hollywood Reporter. United States: Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 27, 2016.