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Tom Of Finland Drawing 1990The Tom of Finland Foundation, based in Los Angeles, CA announced that Helsinki-filmi, the innovative Finnish production company, has asked it to do a feature about Tom of Finland. Helsinki-filmi has demonstrated enormous respect for the artist who started the Foundation that bears his name.

The Helsinki-filmi biopic will be the first feature-length portrait of Tom of Finland's influential life and career, and everyone involved has committed to crafting it the way that would make Tom proud.

"Every project we've seen from this esteemed company has consistently impressed us with its creativity. The production team has a full grasp of the layers of the subject matter they take on," says Durk Dehner, president and cofounder of Tom of Finland Foundation.

Tom's real name is Touko Laaksonen, he was born on May 8th, 1920 and "May" in Finnish is "Toukokuu." He lived and worked in Helsinki and later Los Angeles. He died in 1991 and was involved in two documentaries made about him during his lifetime (Boots, Biceps and Bulges: The Life and Works of Tom of Finland, 1988 and Daddy and the Muscle Academy, 1991).


Viola Johnson NGLTF Award By Anna Min And NGLTF

With over 60 club dignitaries and Leather titleholders representing 13 Mid Atlantic clubs and major titles backing her on stage, Viola Johnson accepts the Seventh
Annual Leather Leadership Award during the Creating Change Conference closing plenary session produced by the NGLTF (National Gay and Lesbian Task Force)
in Baltimore, MD the weekend of January 25-29. Photo supplied by NCSF

The Leather Journal has a new Mailing Address

The ever-shrinking US Post Office has cut out a large segment of Post Office boxes in stations all over the country. For the second time in less than three years the Hollywood, CA branch has eliminated several hundred boxes and The Leather Journal has been assigned a new PO Box.

Our new address is PO Box 3596, Los Angeles, CA 90078.

Although we moved less than 30 feet inside the same building we were assigned a new ZIP Code. Please make note of this.

Picking out that SIR that makes you wet

Okay so let’s just put it out there.  Not every SIR is the right SIR for you.  I was collared to a very nice SIR for about 6 years.  When that relationship transitioned I took time to myself to figure out just what exactly I needed and wanted.  It wasn’t for several months later that I found another SIR I was willing to submit to, who is great.  When I’m on certain sites that the leather community frequents and see boys and girls begging to be collared.  Some boys even go as far as to change their usernames to things like “CollarMeSir”.  I have even seen a boy go too far and put his number on the website.   Sometimes the best thing to do is to take your time, and not to worry about when the special SIR is going to come into your life.  Yes I said “Wait” as the saying goes, “Good things happen to little boys who wait”.  

To pick out the right SIR:
•    envision what attributes you want in a SIR
•    look at what personality traits best fits yours
•    what characteristics do you have that you want to grow?
•    what characteristics do you have that might be beneficial to a SIR?

Yes there are such things as boys who don’t live with their Sir, which is absolutely normal.  PLEASE do not think that you are not a boy or you are less of a boy because you do not live with your SIR.  Sometimes it’s best for both parties to feel out what kind of relationship can blossom from not living together at first.  BASICALLY SLOW YOUR ROLE, do not get collar because you’re in a rush to have a SIR.  

Yes there are such things as bad SIRS.  I’ve seen abusive pseudo SIRS and SIRS that don’t know what they are doing.  It can be very dangerous especially during play.  Be very careful and make sure you have safe guards in place.
BOYS DO NOT DRINK THE KOOL-AID.  There are several SIRS that “collect” boys just to say or have boys around; it doesn’t make sense for this to happen.  Make sure that you analyze how the SIR works with his other boys.  Sometimes SIRS can bite off more than they can chew and that is an honest mistake, if they are honest with themselves, that’s even better.  

Now I will leave you with this:

boys Bill of Rights

1. Every boy has the right to have his body, intellect, and emotions protected by his Dom.
2. Every boy has the right to choose the man whom he serves and to discontinue that service and take his leave without being subjected to physical, mental, or emotional abuse.
3. Every boy has the right to be cared for, disciplined appropriately, and allowed to feel pride in his submission.
4. Every boy has the right to protected sex if he so wishes.
5. Every boy has the right to privacy if he so wishes. No boy can be blackmailed, publicly humiliated, or physically coerced into service without his expressed desire to be so.
6. Every boy has the right to defend himself from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.
7. Every boy has the right to consent or not to consent to sexual activities.
8. Every boy has the right to seek refuge, counsel, and advice from other subs and DOMS without the expectation of sex, money, or any other service in return.
9. Every boy has the right to a physically and emotionally available circle of friends.
10. Every boy has the right to protect his own possessions and finances against intercession, theft, and non-consensual acquisition.

SIRS: Please copy and paste this Bill of Rights into your online profiles if you wish to let subs know how you feel about their rights.

subs, boys, and pups: Please include the Bill in your online profiles and take a stand against abuse.