Scott O’Hara (microphone) is presented with the Foundation’s first Lifetime Membership at TOM’s Bar 5, 1996.
- Latest, biggest memorial celebration of
Tom of Finland’s birthday, TOM’s Bar, took place at Hollywood Moguls and was attended by upwards of a thousand hot, humpy Homos and Heteros.
–ToFF Dispatch, Spring 1996
Scott O’Hara (October 16, 1961 – February 18, 1998) was an American pornographic performer, author, poet, editor and publisher. Rising to prominence during the mid 1980s for his work in such gay adult films as Winner Takes All, Ramcharger, The Other Side Of Aspen 2, Below The Belt and In Your Wildest Dreams, O’Hara went on to write three books, Do It Yourself Piston Polishing (for Non-Mechanics), Autopornography: A Memoir of Life in the Lust Lane, and Rarely Pure and Never Simple: Selected Essays of Scott O’Hara, as well as editing and publishing the quarterly men’s journal, Steam.
LIFETIME MEMBERS, with a $2,500 one-time donation, receive:
– A personalized clear resin obelisk, specially commissioned by the Foundation, inscribed with their name.
– Their name engraved on a marble pedestal in TOM House that honors major contributors to ToFF.
– A copy of Taschen’s TOM OF FINLAND XXL.
– A ToFF patched designed by TOM and a TOM T-shirt.
TOM OF FINLAND, (Finnish, 1920 – 1991) Untitled, 1975, Pen and ink on paper, 9.50” x 9.50”, Gift from Scott O’Hara, ToFF Permanent Collection #75.94, © 1975 Tom of Finland Foundation
PERFORMER, PUBLISHER, POET, PATRON
Scott O’Hara donated over 500 works to the ToFF’s permanent collection including this Tom of Finland and was the Foundation’s first Lifetime Member.
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In the 1940s, when Homosexuality was illegal and considered to be a mental illness, Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen, 1920-1991) began drawing pictures of men embracing their sexuality fully and passionately, without fear or remorse.
Tom altered the way Gay men thought of themselves. He also changed the way in which non-Gay people thought about male Homosexuals. —Edward Lucie-Smith
We are seeing a return to the less enlightened parameters of the past that neutralize our unique Homosexual perspective. Censorship is rampant. Tom of Finland Foundation’s objective is to continue to resist and abate such trends. This is the very purpose of the Foundation.
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In 1984, ToFF, the nonprofit, 501(c)(3) Educational Archive was established.
As Tom (Touko Laaksonen) had achieved 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.
Donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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