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
Tom of Finland’s home in Echo Park is home to the largest collection of erotic art. Tom’s former partner and muse, Durk Dehner has continued to speak and teach others about his legacy. Learn more about Tom of Finland and other artist like him⬇️ https://t.co/miBgA8L3Hm pic.twitter.com/ujl0Tr12x7
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) June 20, 2021
Published: 21st June 2021Tags: Adam Tschorn, LA Gay Rights, Los Angeles Times, Pride 2021, TOM House
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