May. 4th, 2009


May. 4th, 2009 12:11 pm
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I'm sorry to report that Ivi Monroe, aka Rock 'n Roll Ramona, died late last month in the Bay Area. She was a pretty vital character in the history of dyke sex workers, dancing in some of the very first lesbian strip shows in the country in the 1980's, as well as posing for one of the very first issues of On Our Backs (in 1985? '84, maybe?). I knew her as a co-worker, a seriously badass femme, and a big ole honkin' pervert. Rest in peace, chickadee. I bet the butches miss you already.

Here are the deets that I know so far:

June 8, 1961 - April 22, 2009

Local legend, Ivi Monroe (aka Rock 'n Roll Ramona) went to that big rock show in the sky on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. She was 48 years old.

She was a writer, singer, sex worker and exotic dancer well known at many San Francisco venues such as Mitchell Brothers, The BayBrick, Chez Badunkadunk and a number of others including her own club, Lez Burlesque.

In 2001 she organized The Stripper's Ball as a benefit for activist Daisy Anarchy.
Her songs can be heard here:

Sadly it was a suicide. She was found at her apartment in Vallejo, by her lover, Diane Melrose on Saturday, 4/25.

She is survived by her mother, Nancy Mast and sister Debbie Mast of Columbus Ohio, and her son, Daniel, age 12, with her ex, Jenine.

A date has not yet been set for her memorial.
For more info please contact Diane Melrose: 415.785.4259

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