February 24, 2017
After World War II, widespread persecution of homosexual men in Helsinki threatens the safety and livelihood of many men in the gay community of that time. For some, living a closeted life or agreeing to traditional marriage with a woman is a means of protection that comes with a heavy personal price. Through his eroticized art, Touko Laaksonen liberates himself and in the process sparks the flames of what becomes a gay revolution for others around the world. Soon, he becomes known best as the name he signs to every painting: Tom of Finland.