For October 19 they choice:
Robert Mapplethorpe -- Photographer best known for his sexy works X Portfolio, Y Portfolio, and Z Portfolio. was an American photographer, known for his large-scale, highly stylized black and white portraits, photos of flowers and naked men. The frank, homosexual eroticism of some of the work of his middle period triggered a more general controversy about the public funding of artworks.Ok what exactly did he do for the gay community. I'm sorry just because he was gay photographer who create a very controversy with his art, and that he died of AIDS, what did he do?? I' m lost for words. I know for sure there were others that photograph the gay community in the 70's and 80's. Gay Hero! I think not!
Nearly a year before his death, the ailing Mapplethorpe helped found the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc. His vision for the Foundation was that it would be "the appropriate vehicle to protect his work, to advance his creative vision, and to promote the causes he cared about". Since his death, the Foundation has not only functioned as his official Estate and helped promote his work through out the world, but it has also raised and donated millions of dollars to fund medical research in the fight against AIDS and HIV infection.