Tom at TOM House, Los Angeles, 1984. Photo by Jack Shear
Welcome to the celebration of
Tom of Finland’s (Touko Laaksonen’s) 96th birthday!
At The Pleasure of Play
11AM–5PM: Coffee is served! Paulig offers us their new Tom of Finland coffee
1PM: Talk by Durk Dehner, president & cofounder of Tom of Finland Foundation (in English)
2PM, 3PM and 4PM: The Out’n loud choir sings “Vihmalintu” by Touko Laaksonen
4PM–6PM: Discussion: Touko Laaksonen as a person (in English)
With: Stefan Kalmár, curator of the exhibition and director of Artists Space, New York; Kati Mustola, researcher; Susanna Luoto, researcher. The discussion is moderated by PhD Livia Heikanaho.
Come, Share and Celebrate the Life of Carrington Galen
Social Potluck Lunch Following at 4p, Please Bring Food and Drink to Share
Carrington Galen’s Pleasure Gardens Located at TOM House
You are encouraged to bring photos and stories of our divine Prince Carrington.
Plants and financial contributions to the ongoing care and development of
Carr’s Gardens are also much appreciated.
On Tuesday morning April 12, 2016
Carr passed away from complications from cancer.
He passed away at the beautiful Carrington Galen’s Pleasure Park
which he created at Tom of Finland Foundation.
On April 2nd, Jeffrey Erdman was named Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2016. Jeffery is a member and supporter of Tom of Finland Foundation. In fact, he even met his partner Xavier Espejo at a party held at the Foundation two years ago.
Jeffrey goes on to represent the city of Los Angeles at International Mr. Leather, held in Chicago during Memorial Day weekend.
Currently, Jeffrey sits on the Board of Directors of the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, which is the world’s largest collection of LGBT literary, educational, historical, and cultural materials and resources. Jeffrey has previously served on the Boards of Directors of the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, as well as the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association. He has also previously sat on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and served as Chair of the California State Bar Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination and advisor to the Access and Fairness Committee of the Judicial Council of California.
He has also been active in a variety of other community organizations, including Equality California; the Mountain AIDS Foundation; Volunteers in Parole, Inc.; Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund; the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation; the Human Rights Campaign; and others.
1st and 2nd runners up are Joe Gregory and Eric Slayton.
The contest was held at the Globe Theater in downtown Los Angeles. It was preceded by an entire week of events known as Los Angeles Leather Pride. These events included a Roast of Patrick Smith, Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2015. Patrick is also the current Mr. International Mr. Leather.
Tom of Finland Foundation, along with the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives and Sexual Minorities Uganda were named charity partners by the LA Leather Pride Committee for 2016.