A very special thanks to Miguel Reyes and all the ToFF Volunteers who made LA PRIDE 2011 so jubilant!
It was s-t-e-a-m-y in the Erotic City tent and h-o-t out on the streets for the Parade.
When Christopher Street West launched its Erotic City in 2002 – the goal was to be more inclusive by bringing more of the alternative community to the Festival. Tom of Finland Foundation was invited to be the centerpiece and has been proud to participate since. Thank you to artists Dear Angel, Baphomet, Hector Silva, Karoy and Mark H. Flanders for sharing their beautiful work with all the eager celebrants.
The Foundation wishes to thank Jacob Prieto, his dad Arnold and the wonderful folks at Green Float Company of Fullerton, CA for helping to fufill our mission.
Everyone at CSW – Rodney Scott, Louie Pacheco Saenz, Steve Ganzell and Karina Samala – has the true knack for making everyone around them happy.
Congratulations to Mr. CSW Leather 2012, Neal Kenji Christensen. ToFF acknowledges that each and every contestant adds his own luster to the Leather Community and with them they carry the Spirit of TOM.
Mr. CSW Leather 2012, Neal Kenji Christensen and Steve Ganzell.
As the Foundation has been Protecting, Preserving and Promoting erotic art they have been passing on the Power of Tom’s work, the Passion he has instilled in the artists who stand on his shoulders and reminding of the Purpose of the Artist as storyteller of his Tribe.
Video by Roberto5247
Leather at 5:00 min
ToFF at 6:36 min
“Today is our day,” Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl proclaimed on Friday to a room filled with members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as the city launched its first LGBT Heritage Month.
“Every other group has had its heritage month. It’s time we came of age,” said Rosendahl, who is the third openly gay member of the City Council, after former Councilman Joel Wachs and Councilwoman Jackie Goldberg.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the designation highlights the history and accomplishments of the city’s LGBT community and underscores the rights of individuals.
“This is a groundbreaking event,” and it’s no coincidence it is happening here,” Villaraigosa said. “Los Angeles has always been a city where people don’t care who are, who your father was or if you have two fathers or two mothers. This is a city where we just say, `Do it.”‘
Villaraigosa also issued Spirit of Los Angeles Award to the Rev. Troy Perry, gay-marriage advocate Chad Griffin and comedian Wanda Sykes for their efforts on behalf of the LGBT community.
Join The Lesbian Visibility Committee of the City of West Hollywood and Christopher Street West as people of all ages gather to celebrate the achievements of the Lesbian community and realize the challenges still to come. The evening begins with a rally with the Dyke March proceeding down Santa Monica Boulevard and returning to the LA PRIDE Festival grounds for a free after-party with refreshments and music.
Intersection of Santa Monica Blvd. and San Vicente Blvd. in West Hollywood