Tom of Finland Foundation expands reach with three new board members

20th September 2021, 4:31 pm

 

Tom of Finland Foundation announced the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors recently: R. Ayite Okyne, Graylin Thornton, and Gary Keener.

“The impact of Tom’s work has been global and profound. I am so pleased that with this addition, the ToFF Board of Direc­tors better reflects who we are as a community, inspired by Tom of Finland’s work and ethos,” said ToFF President and Cofounder Durk Dehner.

These new Directors bring greater community perspective, as well geographic reach to ToFF leadership. Thornton and Keener reside and work in San Francisco, while Okyne lives in Los Angeles.

For over three and a half decades, ToFF has created a safe haven for erotic artists, particularly Queer and Trans artists, by protecting, preserving, and promoting erotic art: a part of history that is frequently destroyed, censored or erased.

Each new Board Member brings both personal and professional expertise to their role, as well as commitment to Tom’s vision of a future full of joy and freedom of expression.

At ToFF’s 2021 Staff and Board Strategic Planning Retreat in LA, these new Board members joined the existing six Directors in a planning the future direction of the Foundation, while confronting the challenges all nonprofit organizations face in the current environment. Particular priority went to enhancing the financial security of the organization and achieving its goal of reaching a new generation of admirers of erotic art, and the iconic work of Tom of Finland, through online and in-person events.

Coverman Graylin Thorton

International Mr. Drummer 1993 Graylin K. Thornton is an original member of South Bay Leather and Uniform Group (SLUG) formed in 1987. He produced the first South Bay Leather Weekend in 1988 and the first Ebony Leather Contest held in San Francisco in 1991. Graylin has been honored to judge, MC, teach and participate at most Leather events including IML, IMsL, International Mr. Drummer and served as chair of San Diego Leather Pride.

A founding national board member of the Leather Leadership Conference (LLC), Graylin was the recipient of the 2005 South­ern California Pantheon of Leather Award and in 2009 the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Leather Leadership Award. Graylin cofounded and owned Grey Rose Video in the 1990s.

In 2011 Graylin Thornton was honored to be chosen Community Grand Marshall for the San Francisco Pride Parade and in 2019 was chosen Leather Grand Marshall for the Pride Parade.

This past year, Graylin Thornton was featured in “Unsung Heroes: The Leather Community’s Response to AIDS” for the HIV Stoiy Project series JOINING FORCES, SURVIVING VOICES. He is currently a founding member of ONYX Northwest and an associate mem­ber of Chicago Hellfire Club.

Recently Graylin was elected to the board of Tom of Finland Foundation.


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Published: 20th September 2021

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