TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION
In 1984, the non-profit Tom of Finland Foundation was established by Durk Dehner and his friend Tom of Finland, born Touko Laaksonen.
As Tom had established worldwide recognition as the master of homo-erotic art, the Foundation's original purpose was to preserve his vast catalog of work. Several years later the scope was widened to offer a safe haven for all erotic art in response to rampant discrimination against art that portrayed sexual behaviour or generated a sexual response.
Today the Foundation continues in its efforts of educating the public and supporting the LGBTQ+ community. These efforts seek to extol the virtues and cultural merits of erotic art in the promotion of healthier, more tolerant attitudes about sexuality.
For more information, visit tomoffinlandfoundation.org
Photo: Martyn Thompson (as featured in TOM HOUSE, book published by Rizzoli in 2016)