Gay Culture and Tom of Finland
If you haven’t heard about Tom of Finland, you should look him up. This is a huge part of gay culture and it even crossed into pop culture. This erotic male art is so distinctive and so compelling it inspired several generations in many ways. In fact, I recall the first time I ever saw one of the images. I still can’t get that mental picture out of my head. That’s the kind of impact it has. I also believe, in many ways, it defines gay men and gay culture to a certain extent. And we need to be proud of this and we should own it.
Laaksonen feels pressured to get married to a woman and can only indulge in secret affairs with other men but finds refuge and liberation in his artistic expression which eventually develops a worldwide following and helps set the cultural tone for gay men in the age of gay liberation.
‘This is the story of a man ahead of his time, bravely standing up against a world virulently against his right to be who he was – a homosexual man with homosexual fantasies,’ Karukoski said in a statement to Deadline Hollywood.
‘The story shows how literally one person can create change in the world, even with something as simple as an artist’s tools.’
The screenplay has been written by Aleksi Bardy who is producing the film along with Miia Haavisto and Annika Sucksdorff of Helsinki Film.
And now there’s a film being made. You can check that out here. And here’s a link to wiki about Tom of Finland. I once had a contest and one of my readers won a collection of Tom of Finland books. You can read about that here.
Carly Fiorina On Gay Marriage
It really doesn’t matter much now because Carly Fiorina just dropped out of the Presidential race, however, I saw an article about Fiorina “opposing” gay marriage I thought was interesting. I hope the information is accurate and they didn’t put another gay press spin on it.
Fiorina has been consistently against same-sex marriage, according to a summary of her positions on the website On The Issues
She voted for California’s Proposition 8 in 2008 which banned same-sex marriage in the state before it was overturned by the courts. Fiorina also supported a federal amendment to prevent same-sex marriage.
‘I do believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, but also have been consistent and clear that I support civil unions for gay and lesbian couples,’ she once said.
I haven’t followed Fiorina very closely in this election so I can’t comment. You can read more here. And here’s another article about Fiorina and gay marriage.
Ian McKellen Chokes Up
This time he’s choking up while reading a coming out letter that’s from Amistad Maupin’s Tales of the City.
Here’s part of the letter.
The letter, from Armistead Maupin’s novel Tales of the City, is written by protagonist Michael Toliver, a gay man who discovers his parents have joined an anti-gay campaign.
‘I’m sorry, Mama. Not for what I am, but for how you must feel at this moment,’ it reads.
‘I know what that feeling is, for I felt it for most of my life. Revulsion, shame, disbelief — rejection through fear of something I knew, even as a child, was as basic to my nature as the color of my eyes.’
I have to admit that I don’t know much about Tales of the City but I’ve always wanted to know more. I also find that the older I get the more interested I am in gay culture and what it was like “back then.” We’ve come a long way, and just like Black History, Gay History has a place now, too.
You can read the full letter here.
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