Many of us knew Gary Huyck as Eric or Ericdaread.
Ericdaread was an internet name Gary used on a number of web
sites. Gary Huyck was a gay rights activist and a student at Arizona State University. In 2007, volunteers at Stop Hate
2000 learned Gary passed away in the fall of 2006. According to Gary's Yahoo ID,
he was a single, 63 year old man. His favorite quote is listed
. . . know how cruel the truth often is, and we wonder whether a
delusion is not more consoling." The quote is attributed to Henri
Poincare (1854 to 1912).
Gary was active in
internet-related gay human rights work. In May of 2005, he
founded and moderated the Yahoo discussion group Pissed and Gay.
The front page of his web site True-Words.Com
contains a wonderful quote from St. Thomas Aquinas, "Such a God does
not reject some in order to love others. This God is willing to
share his life with us, and is not lessened in doing so."
Gary stated his family are descendants of
Jan Huyghens, a cousin of Christiaan Huyghens. According to what
he posted on a Huyck geneaology
site, Jan came to Niew Amesterdam around 1621, and married the
sister of Peter Minuit.
Those who knew Gary from the internet remember with fondness his
kindness and his sense of humor. We also recall the fiesty spirit
in which he promoted gay rights.