Our Way Gay World
It seemed like a big deal when the new U.S. Forever stamp was announced: To be unveiled next month, it bears the image of Harvey Milk, the country's assassinated and first openly gay elected official, proclaimed in the statement as "a visionary leader." But nothing says changing times like Finland's new stamps, which boast the homoerotic, bondage-themed, fetish-leaning, leather-wearing drawings of iconic gay artist Touko Laaksonen, aka Tom of Finland, who called them his "dirty pictures." His images of "confident and strong male figures," to be unveiled in the fall along with a series of more sedate garden scenes and bridges, celebrate "a sensual life force and being proud of oneself" - especially in a country still debating same-sex marriage. Those involved in the selection process admitted there was some heated discussion about the choice, but "we wanted to live in the year 2014." Cue right-wing heads exploding. Would that Harvey Milk had lived to see them.