A special report on two guys who got Tom of Finland Foundation Lifetime Achievement Awards, Terry Le Grand and Roger Earl, for decades of doing loads of things in the community.
They starting the very early queer porn S&M film revolution (in the pre-vid, 16 and 35mm ’60s). They got their first project banned in California (and many other states) for using real Los Angeles police cars, motorbikes and true official uniformed LAPD officers, doing quite different things than what they are known for, in their landmark project Born to Raise Hell.
It’s guys like these, charting unknown territory from the ’60s onward who got us the civil liberties many within our Western European and Northern American homo communities now take for granted. With the aids era, neo-religous prudism waves comparable to historic iconoclasms and homo-normalo manifestations like marriage, we’re on the path to lose many of those liberties. It’s guys like the ones running the Tom of Finland Foundation, Treasure Island media that now fights clampdowns on BB-pornstars in California against retarded/retired misguided Aids activists, Poz & Proud in Amsterdam, IML, ECMC and our good-old leather-and-fetish bars/clubs who keep us on a vigilant edge and guard us against losing the freedom we experienced from then until today.
By Ad Schuring