Sidebar with John Duran and Durk Dehner

Host, Mayor John J. Duran, is a native Angeleno and a resident of West Hollywood since 1990. He has been an elected member of the City Council since 2001. Mayor Duran has a Juris Doctorate degree from Western State University College of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from CSU Long Beach. He has been a lawyer in private practice since 1987.

This segment features Durk Dehner, head of Tom of Finland Foundation, discussing the history of the Leather community, Tom of Finland, and its future.

TOM House OPEN House | 31st March

“Once upon a time, I went to the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles for one of their annual fundraising celebrations. I had heard about this amazing mansion filled with pornographic archives, dungeons, S & M offices, and a huge collection of erotic male art, but I knew I didn’t have the proper outfit to wear. John Waters in leather chaps, no pants, and motorcycle boots is just not a look anybody would be comfortable with.” –John Waters from Taschen’s Tom of Finland XXL

“Tom of Finland Foundation is hosting an open house! As the home of male erotica in Los Angeles, the Tom of Finland Foundation is a rare and special organization. Whether you live nearby or have traveled from afar, don’t pass up an opportunity to visit TOM House during LA Leather Pride!” – LALP2019

Sunday, 11a-4p

Photo: Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Pioneering erotic artist Tom of Finland, lived in this two-story Echo Park house,
TOM House, during the latter years of his life.

TOM House – City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #1135