9 LGBTQ historic residences that you can visit now

19th October 2023, 11:45 am


MARTYN THOMPSON TOM House, 2015 © Martyn Thompson


Step inside the onetime dwellings of Queer trailblazers and icons who made their marks in politics, the military and the arts.


Walking in the footsteps of our heroes for inspiration, education and reflection is a possibility most Americans take for granted. But for LGBTQ people in the U.S., it’s still a new prospect.

As Queer history continues to unfold, we now know of a great many places around the country where those who’ve made it once lived. Yet, of those homes that are still standing, precious few are open to the public, and even fewer offer experiences that properly honor their famed onetime residents. Fortunately, some do, and their number is ever-growing.

For modern-day visitors, these nine former homes of Queer trailblazers and icons are some of the best places in the country to literally surround oneself with LGBTQ heritage.


TOM House

Los Angeles


Born in 1920, the artist known to the world as Tom of Finland moved to the U.S. in 1980 and into this Craftsman-style home in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood co-owned by Durk Dehner, with whom, four years later, he would co-found Tom of Finland Foundation, still based at the house. Tom lived and worked here until 1989, when failing health forced him to return to Helsinki, where he died in 1991. TOM House is now dedicated to the preservation of his sizable contributions to erotic art and global Gay culture.



Published: 19th October 2023

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