How will you celebrate when you’re 100?

Finland became an independent state from Russia on 6th December 1917.

Finland’s centenary year 2017 has been a treasure chest of events emphasizing Finland’s strengths, such as equality and democracy, by offering Finns and friends of Finland a diverse and international programme both in Finland and abroad.

Finland has proudly included Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920-1991) as part of its year-long celebrations with a hit musical; a world-acclaimed biopic; a booth at a big festival in Stockholm; a new Finnish edition of his biography and a book on his correspondence; an in-depth exhibition in Berlin and an insightful one-person show in his “home town”; a fun walking tour of Tom’s Helsinki; AND a national emoji!

Congratulations to Finland!
We’re all glad TOM is part of the party.

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TOM at the Consulate General of Finland in Los Angeles residence

TOM at the Consulate General of Finland in Los Angeles residence

Tom of Finland is alive!
Consul General Stefan Lindström hosting Academy of Motion Picture Arts and HFPA members for a Tom of Finland screening event with lead actor Pekka Strang, writer/Producer Aleksi Bardy, and S.R. Sharp of the Tom of Finland Foundation.

Tom of Finland’s impact on gay culture is hard to overstate, both internally and externally. Internally as a mean of communication, as it made, and continues to make, a significant contribution to the way sexual minorities perceive themselves, to realize they mattered. Tom of Finland’s gift to gay culture is essentially one of sexual emancipation and slowly but surely acceptance —not merely in a legal sense, but in a larger, cultural sense as well. Tom of Finland is very much alive today and his enduring legacy helps keep that history alive. It’s about the gay community being visible and belonging to a community, a town, a city, a nation and the world.

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