TOM’s room in TOM House

Pete Karjalainen shows Tom’s World War II uniform and his favorite leather jacket.

 

Such a modest and small space considering that some of the most famous and important drawings of Gay culture were done right here.

 

Call ToFF to schedule a tour of TOM’s studio and residence: 213.250.1685.

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What does Thanksgiving mean to you?

In 1970, the Massachusetts Department of Commerce asked the Wampanoag Indians to select a speaker to mark the 350th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival, and the first Thanksgiving. Wamsutta (Frank B.) James, Wampanoag, was asked to speak at the celebration. It turned out that James’ views were not what the Pilgrims’ descendants wanted to hear. If he had spoken, here are excerpts from what he would have said that are based on history rather than mythology.

The Pilgrims had hardly explored the shores of Cape Cod for four days before they had robbed the graves of my ancestors and stolen their corn and beans. Mourt’s Relation describes a searching party of sixteen men. Mourt goes on to say that this party took as much of the Indians’ winter provisions as they were able to carry.

Massasoit, the great Sachem of the Wampanoag, knew these facts, yet he and his People welcomed and befriended the settlers of the Plymouth Plantation. Perhaps he did this because his Tribe had been depleted by an epidemic. Or his knowledge of the harsh oncoming winter was the reason for his peaceful acceptance of these acts. We, the Wampanoag, welcomed you, the White man, with open arms, little knowing that it was the beginning of the end; that before 50 years were to pass, the Wampanoag would no longer be a free people.

Only ten years later, when the Puritans came, they treated the Wampanoag with even less kindness in converting the souls of the so-called “savages.” Although the Puritans were harsh to members of their own society, the Indian was pressed between stone slabs and hanged as quickly as any other “witch.”

History wants us to believe that the Indian was a savage, illiterate, uncivilized animal. A history that was written by an organized, disciplined people, to expose us as an unorganized and undisciplined entity. Two distinctly different cultures met. One thought they must control life; the other believed life was to be enjoyed, because nature decreed it. 

We forfeited our country. Our lands have fallen into the hands of the aggressor. We have allowed the White man to keep us on our knees. What has happened cannot be changed, but today we must work towards a more humane America, a more Indian America, where men and nature once again are important; where the Indian values of honor, truth, and brotherhood prevail.

 

READ THE COMPLETE
THANKSGIVING-DAY SPEECH

 

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The Supreme Court, the Constitution and Art

The Supreme Court of the United States rejected the effort to restrict the First Amendment rights of adults in the name of child protection.

 

“….The Constitution exists precisely so that opinions and judgments, including aesthetic and moral judgment about art and literature, can be formed, tested, and expressed. What the Constitution says is that these judgments are for the individual to make, not for the government to decree.”

 

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ET AL. v. PLAYBOY ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, INC., 2000

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