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Eurobest seminar | 2nd December | Helsinki

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Help TOM House get dressed for the season | 7th December | LA

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This year at we are doing a black & blue holiday theme. If you have any decorations that are black, blue and/or silver (especially blue lights or snowflakes) that you can donate, please let us know (also anything that could be painted black or blue). Also, if you have good quality bookshelf-size speakers that you are not using and would like to donate, we need several sets to upgrade our sound system.

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Please come and help us decorate on Sunday, 1-5p

It will be festive with libation and song.

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Finnish Parliament approves same-sex marriage

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The Finnish Parliament has approved a bill allowing same-sex marriage. The vote was 105 to 92, with one MP absent.

Thousands of people - pro and con - demonstrated on Citizens' Square across from Parliament House. Image: Yle

Thousands of people – pro and con – demonstrated on Citizens’ Square across from Parliament House. Image: Yle

The Finnish Parliament voted on Friday afternoon to allow gender-neutral marriage, 105-92. The vote had been expected to be closer.

The gender-neutral marriage bill was seventh on the list of 15 votes. Four MPs out of the 200 MPs were absent on the first vote, concerning a reform of language laws, and two on the second vote, on car taxation. The third vote, on child subsidies, was also a vote of confidence in the government – which survived by a margin of 100-97. Only two MPs out of the 200 MPs were absent.

The unprecedented outcome marks the first time that a citizens’ initiative has received lawmakers’ blessing to be written into the law books. It also allows Finland to finally catch up with its Nordic peers, all of which have already legalised gay marriage.

Sweet triumph for supporters

The result was a sweet triumph for the thousands of supporters of marriage equality who gathered around the Parliament this afternoon. Many of them waved rainbow-coloured flags and banners. Shouts of “I do!” – the battle cry of the movement – echoed through the streets. Opponents of the measure also turned out for the session, but found themselves vastly outnumbered.

Parliamentary Speaker Eero Heinäluoma tightened security ahead of the vote, calling for calm on what has been a polarising subject both inside and outside the chamber. However there were no reports of disruptive behaviour – with one Yle correspondent describing the scene as having a Carnival-like atmosphere.

The reform will force wide-ranging changes in other legislation, which will take well over a year to finalise. The law will therefore not take effect until 2016 at the earliest. Finland has allowed registered partnerships since 2002.

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Love isn’t a crime. Hate is.

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TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Detail), 1981, Graphite on paper, © 1981 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Detail), 1981, Graphite on paper, © 1981 Tom of Finland Foundation

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Fancy Sleeping With Tom of Finland?

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Finlayson has produced a range of Tom of Finland home products Photo via: Tumblr

Finlayson has produced a range of Tom of Finland home products
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Berndt Arell, director general of the National Museum of Sweden and co-author of the book Tom of Finland: Unforeseen, said: “I am confident that Touko Laaksonen would be proud of the respect that he as an artist has gained during recent years thanks to Tom of Finland Foundation and Finnish trendsetter companies such as Itella Posti Oy, the Finnish national post office, and now Finlayson.”

He also added: “[For Tom of Finland] becoming a world-known artist has required determination and courageous work in a world that was not that respectful and permissive at the time.”

SEE THE COMPLETE ARTICLE BY HENRI NEUENDORF

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Where are Tom of Finland’s characters to be seen next?

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the flight to San Francisco.

Lue koko artikkeli

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TOM’s Foundation is honored

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Touko Laaksonen, the man who would become known by the name, “Tom of Finland”, was born in Finland on 8th May 1920 and named for the month in which he was born (the month of May in Finnish is toukokuu). He chose “Tom” for his mark since it is closer to “Touko” than any other name in English.

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Touko was born in Kaarina, at the southwestern tip of the country, near Turku, the ancient capital of Finland. The modern seaport of Turku has grown so much since his birth that Kaarina is now a dynamic, thriving town of its own, but back in the ’20s the area where he grew up was more country than town, a checkerboard of fields and forest.

Today, the City of Kaarina awarded Tom of Finland Foundation their Medal of Honor, recognizing all the work the Foundation has been doing. 

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Susanna Luoto, of Tom of Finland Foundation, accepted the Medal.

All of us at ToFF are humbled and extremely grateful for this tribute.
On behalf of Touko Laaksonen, we thank
Merja Katalainen, Chairman of the City Board;
Harri Virta, Mayor;
and all the citizens of Kaarina.

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Life Drawing Workshop | 14th December | LA

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MODEL: Miguel Rios

MODEL: Miguel Rios

Male Figure Drawing and Painting

Sunday, 1-4p

Spinning the tunes: DJ RocketManLA, with over 100,000 songs!

Refreshments.

$25 suggested donation at the door.
Scholarship funds available.

Coordinator: Miguel Angel Reyes
Reservations Required

Miguel’s art has been exhibited throughout the U.S including – Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Alaska. Miguel has created murals for the Los Angeles MTA, and bus ad campaign for LA County Office of AIDS – AIDS/Living Responsibly campaign. His work is in the collections of LACMA print collections, Laguna Art Museum, Watts Towers Arts Center, University of Austin, TX, and Fine Arts gallery Museum, Chicago.

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A very successful launch in Helsinki

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WANHA (The Old Student House ).  The bar  was legendary among Gays in the 1960s and '70s.

The venue: WANHA (The Old Student House ). The bar was legendary among Gays in the 1960s and ’70s. PHOTO: Susanna Luoto

The art / The collection.

The art / The collection. 20th November 2014. PHOTO: Susanna Luoto

”I have tested these sheets and they’re wonderful. You can ask my partner too, he slept with me”.
 Berndt Arell, coauthor of Tom of Finland – unforeseen and Director General of National Museum of Sweden

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