- Date of birth: August 31, 1954
- Died: June 26, 2006
- Born: in Manhasset, Long Island, The United States.
- Description: Eric Rofes was an author, educator, and social justice activist who worked on a wide range of political issues including: equitable access to public education; gay men's health; marriage equality; sexual freedom; racial, economic and environmental justice.
During his lifetime of activism, Eric Rofes founded the Boston Lesbian & Gay Political Alliance, served as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Community Center, and worked as the Director of the Shanti Project, a San Francisco-based organization dedicated to improving the well-being of people living with AIDS and other chronic illnesses.
Eric Rofes was also a prolific author, writing or editing 12 books, several dozen scholarly essays, and more than 100 press articles. Among his best-known works are Reviving the Tribe and Dry Bones Breathe. Both books explore gay men's responses to HIV/AIDS as well as the misguided prevention efforts of public health officials. At the time of his death, Professor Rofes was working on a book following the lives and health of gay men in the 1970's.