Landmarks that underscore L.A.’s pivotal role in the fight for LGBTQ rights

21st June 2021, 6:52 pm


While Pride is celebrated each June to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York City, take some time to also appreciate the rich history of LGBTQ activism in Los Angeles.

Tom of Finland House (TOM House) Echo Park

This former home of homoerotic artist Tom of Finland — and currently owned by his lover, business partner and muse, Durk Dehner, houses Tom of Finland Foundation. Its holdings include the largest collection of Tom art, part of a 100,000-plus collection of images, related materials and vintage pornography that’s billed as the world’s largest repository of erotic art. In 2016, the city made the house a Historic Cultural Monument.

“We discovered that, historically, more lesbian and gay institutions started in Los Angeles than anywhere else on the planet, and that L.A.’s multifaceted, multiracial, and multicultural lesbian and gay activism continues to have tremendous impact worldwide.” -Lillian Faderman and Stuart Timmons, Gay L. A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians, 2009






An L.A. home where homoerotic artist Tom of Finland lived is a shrine to his legacy

  Owned by Tom of Finland’s lover, business partner and muse, Durk Dehner, the now private-public residence houses the Tom of Finland Foundation, holder of the largest collection of Tom art, about 1,500 works. All told, the organization stewards more than 100,000 images and related materials including vintage pornography — billed as the world’s largest… View Article

Before there was Stonewall

L.A. HEROES STANDING UP TO ABUSE AND FIGHTING BACK AGAINST DISCRIMINATION BEFORE 1969 Cops here routinely raided bars arresting anyone whose perceived gender didn’t match what was on their ID, sometimes they’d even single out a few victims for special attention in the form of insults and beatings. Entrapment was common – attractive vice cops would go to… View Article

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ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR SEE OUR CALENDAR FOR ALL JUNE EVENTS #Turku was the first #Finnish city to paint a protective road in the colors of a 🌈 This is very sad news.Explain how this happened to [email protected] @TKteatteri @VisitTurku @turkupride @seta_ry #Pride2021 cc @WeHoCity @[email protected]:// — Tom of Finland (@TomsFoundation) June 10, 2021 View… View Article

Published: 21st June 2021

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