7.25.2006

Eric Rofes' passing


Sad news from Jameson Currier at Queertype -- I remember seeing Eric Rofes taking part in some great discussions at the old Outwrite conferences...

Passages: Eric Rofes, an educator, author and gay rights activist, died June 26, 2006 in Provincetown, Mass. He was 51. A Boston native who currently lived in San Francisco, Rofes had been working on a book when he was discovered dead. Rofes wrote or edited 12 books, some of which provoked controversy, among them Reviving the Tribe: Regenerating Gay Men's Sexuality and Culture in the Ongoing Epidemic (1995), Dry Bones Breathe: Gay Men Creating Post-AIDS Identities and Cultures (1998), and most recently, A Radical Rethinking of Sexuality and Schooling: Status Quo or Status Queer? (Curriculum, Cultures, and (Homo)Sexualities) (2005). Rofes was born on Aug. 31, 1954, in Brooklyn. He grew up in Commack on Long Island and graduated from Harvard in 1976. In the 1970's, he was one of the so-called “Boston Mafia” who founded the Gay Community News and the Boston Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance. In 1985, he was hired as executive director of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. After moving to San Francisco in 1989, he headed the Shanti Project, an AIDS service group. Rofes received his master's from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1995 and his doctorate in 1998. He had taught at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., since 1999. Surviving are his partner of 16 years, Crispin Hollings of San Francisco; a brother, Peter, of Milwaukee; and a sister, Paula Casey-Rofes.

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