On Saturday, October 22nd, BLUF LA (Breeches Leather Uniform Fanclub) hosted a special BLUF social and benefit for Tom of Finland Foundation, TOM’s BLUF.
Nikitas Chondroyannos, Louie Pacheco Saenz and Durk Dehner. Photo by Jay Lawton.
Over 45 BLUF members and men in full Leather attended the benefit, which was held at TOM House, Tom’s historic home and headquarters of Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF). All of the proceeds from the event went directly to ToFF in order to help with our efforts to document, preserve and promote Tom’s work and that of hundreds of other artists.
The Foundation is greatful to Nikitas Chondroyannos of Vancouver, Jeff Gent of Los Angeles and all that attended for supporting TOM, his foundation and all we do.
Besides a strong showing of locals, men from from Washington DC, Seattle, San Francisco and San Diego traveled to LA just for this event.
Photographer Jay Lawton had an on-site portrait studio which was very popular; most guests signed up to have their portraits taken in full gear. Check out the gallery; prints may be ordered.
ToFF president, Durk Dehner, curated a special selection of original Tom of Finland drawings featuring men in full Leather or Uniform epspecially for the evening and ToFF unveiled a selection of new, limited edition, Tom of Finland prints for sale.
ToFF is very appreciative of continued support and assistance in the furtherance of our goals and is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Educational Archive so donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law. Donations.
Friday night, we will be selling books, magazines and memorabilia at the Vendor Fair. Saturday night, prizes from the TOM collection will be donated to all the participants of the Contest. On Sunday afternoon, we will be hosting our annual Barracks beer bust fundraiser.
Join us in downtown Los Angeles at the new performing arts high school at Grand and Cesar Chavez. The community resource fair starts at 3pm, the film screening is at 6:30pm. The event is free and open to the public!
On These Shoulders We Stand
A Film by Glenne McElhinney
The film shows postwar Los Angeles to be a city of startling contrasts. In this tale of two cities, there is one, a city with a substantial, vibrant gay community, and the other, a city obsessed with rendering that community invisible, kept in the closet or locked in its jails.