TOM’s Foundation turned 33 years old this month. Together, let’s move forward to the 34th – and beyond!
Erotic art has always been an essential part of Queerness. One of the main elements of what makes our community so special and unique is that our sexuality has brought us together — and it’s what makes us stand apart. Tom of Finland Foundation programs foster the continuation of this value that is vital to the preservation of our tribe.
GICQUEL XAVIER (French, 1965- ), Pin-up Tom of Finland, 2008, Ink, watercolor pencil, felt tip pen, ballpoint pen on paper (collage images added digitally), 20″ x 26″. Key artwork for the 17th Annual Tom of Finland Foundation Erotic Art Fair Weekend
Join with us in protecting, preserving, documenting and educating the public about erotic art and erotic artists. Please help us continue to encourage the work of erotic visual artists regardless of race, creed, religion, gender, sexual identity, medium of expression or any other censoring criteria.
The Foundation is very appreciative for your continued support and assistance in the furtherance of our goals. The Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Educational Archive, so your donation is deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please make your gift by midnight 31st December 2017.
When Touko Valio Laaksonen — known by his artist’s name, Tom of Finland — began drawing erotic images of men in 1940s Europe, such an act was an illegal. Yet for decades, Laaksonen labored for his art, surviving shady dealers on the black market as well as threats from law enforcement, which considered not only his art but his very being as a gay man a threat to society.
Directed by Dome Karukoski, the sweeping biopic Tom of Finland shows Laaksonen’s (Pekka Strang) journey as well as the evolving acceptance of gay people throughout the latter half of the 20th century. From World War II to the AIDS crisis, Tom subverts each era’s agents of oppression through his art’s embrace of sexuality without shame. The film offers a must-see history lesson in Resistance, which takes on renewed importance in today’s world.
Appearing on the “Russia Today” news channel, an openly gay editor at the extreme right “Breitbart News Network”, Milo Yiannopoulos , spoke of the Republican presidential nominee: “Donald Trump is probably the most pro gay presidential candidate in history; he’s definitely the most pro gay republican candidate in history.”
The person running for the highest office in the land once held up a rainbow flag someone handed him at a rally in 2016. During the Republican National Convention, Trump said he “would do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of the hateful, foreign ideology. [Islamic terrorism]. Believe me!”
What has prevented him from protecting LGBTQ citizens from US violence and hateful oppression?