Eric S. King is originally from Philadelphia, PA, but has resided in Richmond since 1993. In 1985 he became a charter member of Adodi Philadelphia, a Black Gay Men’s support group, founded by the late Clifford Rawlins.
Today there are Adodi chapters in other major American cities. Eric also engaged in education and outreach activities to fight the spread of AIDS. In the early 1990s he became a charter member of The Alliance of Black Men, a support group for African American gay men in Richmond, VA; since 1995 he has worked as servant and co-servant leader of the AIDS Awareness ministry of the St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Richmond.
This ministry does education and outreach on HIV/AIDS to Black churches and community organizations in Richmond and vicinity. Eric has worked personally and politically to empower African-American gay men with a sense of self-esteem and agency by which they can change their world for the better. Eric S. King holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University and a Master’s degree from Princeton University in Political Science and has taught at Virginia Union University, the University of Richmond, and Virginia Commonwealth University.
This post is part of a partnership between GayRVA and Diversity Richmond to feature honoree’s of Diversity’s first LGBTQ+ Black History Month series. Honorees were asked to share their stories in their own words. We’ll be posting more honorees as the month continues. Photo provided by Harron Fells
Ryland was born in Richmond, VA. He graduated cum laude from Benedictine High School and matriculated through Wake Forest University where he became a devoted “Demon Deacon” and president of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Upon college graduation, Ryland entered the U.S. Army serving for four years as a Quartermaster. He later began a career [...]