The community of gay men experienced an enormous loss this Monday with the death of Eric Rofes of an apparent heart attack.
Eric was a scholar and an author (Dry Bones Breathe, Reviving the Tribe). He was an outspoken advocate for gay male sexuality at a time when the AIDS crisis was causing many to submerge the importance of the erotic in the face of the epidemic. At the same time, he fought to help the medical establishment and the gay community understand that gay male health couldn't be reduced to safer sex education. His concern led to the formation of the gay men’s health movement.
Eric was thoughtful, outspoken and articulate. Whenever I was in his presence I inevitably found myself thinking, “Wow, I hadn’t really thought of that before, at least not in that way.” His love for the tribe of men-who-love-men was always palpable.
Eric left us enriched by his work. For more, check out this article at sfgate.com.