Artist Reservations open – Erotic Art Fair 28th–30th September – LA


Come and Celebrate Who We Are As a People Expressed Through the Visual Arts

Tom of Finland Foundation produces an Art Fair each year in West Hollywood – Los Angeles.

This is the coming together of 50 artists from around the world to share with each other and to present their latest creations of art to the public.

It is one of the most positive,
life-affirming experiences in which one can partake,
from both the artist’s and public’s
point of view.





Artist Stasiu donates to ToFF

STASIU (American, 1962- ), “Chained Submission”, 2012, Linocut, 2/25, 10.50″ x 7.50″, Gift from artist


As Tom had established worldwide recognition as the master of homo-erotic art,
the Foundation’s original purpose was to preserve his vast catalog of work.
Several years later the scope was widened to offer a safe haven for all erotic art
in response to rampant discrimination against art
that portrayed sexual behavior or generated a sexual response.

Today the Foundation continues in its efforts of educating the public
as to the cultural merits of erotic art and in promoting healthier,
more tolerant attitudes about sexuality.

Tom of Finland Foundation thanks the artist for this contribution.




Historical Society of Long Beach project focuses on history of area’s gay community

Long Beach’s gay history is coming out of the closet.

Demonstrators hold huge bouquets outside the Los Angeles Police Department Harbor Station during the 1968 “flower power” protest, waiting for men arrested at The Patch bar in Wilmington to be released.

In August 1968, Los Angeles Police Department officers and vice squad members raided The Patch bar in Wilmington and arrested several gay men. Bar owner and Long Beach resident Lee Glaze told the crowd that the Patch would post their bail.

Glaze and numerous bar patrons went to a nearby flower shop owned by one of the patrons and bought everything in sight. At 3 a.m., the demonstrators carried huge bouquets into the Los Angeles Police Department Harbor Station and staged a “flower power” protest, waiting for the arrested men to be released.

This revolt predates the Stonewall riots in New York City – which many people think started the gay rights movement – by more than a year.

Photos from that raid are among items the Historical Society is considering for an exhibition. The Historical Society also is asking individuals and groups to empty their closets and donate or loan items that showcase or document the local LGBT community. The Society’s LGBT project, which launched in July, is a work in progress and exact details have not been finalized.

To donate or loan material for the history project or to help fund the project, call the Historical Society, 562.424.2220, or e-mail executive director Julie Barolotto,, 562.714.2098,

By Phillip Zonkel Staff Writer


Maybe you have a friend or relative who lived through the “gay tide” in Long Beach during the ’60s and ’70s…maybe earlier, maybe later. Perhaps they have some memorabilia that could enhance this project or just want to make an audio-visual testimonial to make sure their impressions/experiences are part of the historical record. This stuff is important. Our collective history is important. I hope that they track down some of the cops who partook of the raids and routine harassment of our tribe and get their side of the story as well. The more we know… Anyway, let’s support this thing in whatever way possible. Any of you with friends/acquaintances who were/are long-time Long Beach residents, ask them if they’ve got anything to contribute to make this exhibit as all-encompassing as possible. A lot of those who bore witness are dying off so we need the input of those queer pioneers still around. -Michael Kirwan