A Time Capsule of Queer LA: Tom of Finland and Circus of Books PODCAST

6th May 2020, 1:55 pm

TOM OF FINLAND Leather Brotherhood, 1982, Lithograph © 1982-2020 Tom of Finland Foundation


This week we bring you two tales of lore from the olden days of Queer LA. First, Kate, Daya, and Eric are joined by Sharp and Durk Dehner from the Tom of Finland Foundation to tell the story of the legendary gay artist Tom of Finland, who immigrated to Los Angeles, on the occasion of Tom’s 100th birthday.


Then, Rachel Mason drops by to talk about her documentary Circus of Books, which recently debuted on Netflix, about the legendary porn bookstore in Southern California that was owned and operated by Rachel’s parents.

Tom of Finland Centennial 1920–2020

  Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen 8th May 1920, and died 7th November 1991) has long been recognized as one of the 20th century’s great visual innovators. As he confronted the stigmas and stereotypes that long burdened homosexual desire, his depictions of empowered gay men fully enjoying their sexuality proved liberating on social and… View Article

Rachel Mason grew up not knowing her mom and dad peddled gay porn

“I was born to be the gay porn heiress of Los Angeles,” says Rachel Mason inside the sauna-hot dressing room of the East Hollywood club Faultline. Dressed in black-and-red-leather shorts, fishnet stockings, metal-studded white ankle boots, and a Warhol platinum wig framing her Kiss-like eye makeup, the 41-year-old performance artist and filmmaker is fresh off… View Article

Published: 6th May 2020

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