Eric Roffs

Eric Rofes (August 31, 1954 – June 26, 2006) was a gay activist, educator, and author. He was a director of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center in the 1980s. In 1989, he became executive director of the Shanti Project, a nonprofit AIDS service organization. He was a professor of Education at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, and served on the board of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. He wrote or edited twelve books. One of his last projects was co-creating “Gay Men’s Health Leadership Academies” to combat what he saw as a “pathology-focused understanding of gay men” in safe-sex education.

Books in order of publication:

The Kids’ Book of Divorce (1983)

I Thought People Like That Killed Themselves: Lesbians, Gay Men and Suicide (1983)

The Kids’ Book About Parents (1983)

Socrates, Plato, & Guys Like Me (1985) Gay Life (1986)

“Living as All of Who I Am: Being Jewish in the Lesbian/Gay Community”, in Twice Blessed: On Being Lesbian, Gay, and Jewish ed. Balka & Rose (1989)

Living with AIDS on Long Island (1989)

Reviving the Tribe: Regenerating Gay Men’s Sexuality and Culture in the Ongoing Epidemic (1996)

The Kids’ Book About Death and Dying (1997)

Opposite Sex (1998)

Dry Bones Breathe: Gay Men Creating Post-AIDS Identities and Cultures (1998)

Youth and Sexualities (2004)

The Emancipatory Promise of Charter Schools (2004)

A Radical Rethinking of Sexuality & Schooling (2005)

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