Saturday, July 15, 2006

Memorial Service for Eric Rofes

A memorial service will be held for Eric Rofes on Thursday, July 20th at 7:00pm. The service will be at First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough (at Berkeley).
Eric Rofes helped lay the foundation for the gay rights movement in
Massachusetts. In 1970 he was part of a team in Boston that published the world’s first weekly gay newspaper called Gay Community News. In 1982 he founded the Boston Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance. This organization became a key player in city politics. We would not be where we are today if not for the hard work of Eric Rofes. Eric died at age 51 of a heart attack in Provincetown on June 26th.
Every gay person who values their rights owes Eric Rofes thanks. Let's show our gratitude by attending his memorial service on Thursday.

"Eric was an absolute giant of the gay movement -- as an intellectual, an organizer, and an activist," said anthropologist and community historian Gayle Rubin. "He was a massive presence, whose influence was felt across a broad range of constituencies and issues and organizations. It’s as if a mountain has suddenly vanished."


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