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Wednesday 06.24.20

LOEWE x Divine Capsule Collection

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Sunday 06.21.20

Brooklyn Liberation — An Action for Black Trans Lives

The rally took place outside of the Brooklyn Museum — about 15,000 people attended.

Monday 06.15.20

The March for Stolen Lives and Looted Dreams

Wednesday 06.10.20

Gathering at Union Square, N.Y.C. — Black Lives Matter

Friday 06.05.20

100+ Black Men for George Floyd’s Funeral

A peaceful demostration in Harlem, NYC.

Wednesday 06.03.20

Pride Vigil at Stonewall — Black Lives Matter

Sunday 05.31.20

Get involved now!

Here's a list of places where you can donate

Destroying property has been an essential part of the fight for civil rights of people of color in the US. It is an expression of outrage that cannot be ignored. Black people are incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate of white people. And certainly the history of white supremacists murdering and torturing black people stretches further back than recorded history: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Amaud Arbery, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Keith Lamont Scott, Rodney King, Marquette Frye, Emmet Till among so many others.

 

 

Remember that everything is connected.

 

Angela Davis once said, “Certainly the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender movement would not have been conceptualized in the same way had it not happened against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement… “

 

 

In 1969, Stonewall was the site of riots, of destruction, of breaking windows, slashing tires, throwing bricks, and lighting fires. It was a tipping point, a moment that demanded the spotlight of the American media through brute force. And keep in mind—there is only one known photo from the first night of riots. It shows the homeless youth who slept in nearby Christopher Park in a clash with the police.

 

 

Accountability and change were won through disturbance and exposure. In 2020, smart phone cameras and viral hashtags have become the tools of public outcry. Let them know we are watching. Get involved and collect evidence of this moment. Demand a better tomorrow.

 

 

HERE’S A LIST OF PLACES WHERE YOU CAN DONATE: 

 

Black Visions Collective

 

North Star Health Collective

 

Brooklyn Community Bail Fund

 

George Floyd Memorial Fund

 

Women For Political Change

 

Minnesota Freedom Fund

 

National Bail Out

 

Reclaim The Block

 

 

BLACK LIVES MATTER. …

Thursday 05.21.20

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Center in New York is hosting a Queer Art Benefit, May 21 – June 1, 2020.

Donate!

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Sunday 05.17.20

Hi, Giuseppe

Today we get to know a 24-year-old from Naples who's into music, outdoor sex and caring for the planet.

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Thursday 05.14.20

No Pants

...But all the tops your heart desires.

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Friday 05.08.20

Happy 100th Birthday Tom of Finland

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Friday 05.08.20

Durk Dehner

Some spaces are full of magic. TOM House is undeniably one of them. Nestled in the hills of LA’s Echo Park neighborhood, the residence houses the Tom of Finland Foundation along with a vibrant community of gay crusaders, not to mention one of the largest collections of homoerotic art in the world.

 

In the summer of 2016, I was fortunate enough to be inducted into TOM House as its artist-in-residence, where I could work on a (forthcoming) collection of erotic nonfiction stories inspired by the space. In the beginning, I couldn’t comprehend how living there would completely transform me. Beyond my exposure to the archives housed onsite, I was embraced by a gay family, one that supported and encouraged me to develop into a more realized version of myself. TOM House, I learned, is home to a collective vision: to celebrate our nature as sexual beings.

 

As I write this, the whole place is bustling. The foundation is creating artwork for three European exhibitions shipping out this week. This kind of rumpus is common, but beneath the wild operation and the frequent events and artist collaborations, we are a loving ménage. In a rare quiet moment, I was able to snatch away the current head of the foundation and the house, Durk Dehner, who is, among other things, the former lover of Touko Laaksonen, the late artist originally behind the Tom of Finland moniker.

 

Durk is the head of our tribe. He’s the one who brought the magic and, ultimately, Tom of Finland to this very house. …