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.

Photographer and artist Rick Castro sets the dials in our kinky hearts. This exhibit shows how.

Daddy Wrestler and Son, 1995, 20”x16”

Over his 30+ year career, Castro has photographed producer Alan Poul, porn star Peter Berlin, author Gore Vidal, director Kenneth Anger, performance artist Ron Athey, and the 14th Dalai Lama. Castro has created editorial photos for Christian Dior Homme, Cartier jewelry and designer Rick Owens, realizing photographs that are notably more than fashion. His films are archived by UCLA Legacy Projects, his books and photographs are archived by the Alfred Kinsey Institute, and Tom of Finland Foundation.

RICK CASTRO “Fetish King: Seminal Photographs 1986 – 2019” | 6th April | TOM House

When Rick Castro shared our article about his upcoming exhibition opening this Saturday at Tom of Finland Foundation, Facebook barred him from his account for 30 days. There was nothing in the promotional image of sexual content or nudity. Read Rick’s statement.

Artist-in-residence: Ben Youdan

Durk Dehner interviews Winter 2018-2019 artist-in-residence Ben Youdan about his time spent at TOM House.

More about Ben Youdan