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Thomas (Peter) Papers
Coll2015.009  
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Description
Personal correspondence, photographs, and chainmail clothing designs of Los Angeles resident Peter Thomas, 1961-2003. The photographs include images of friends, family, and gay leather and motorcycle events. Thomas relocated to Los Angeles after being disowned by his father; he worked at the Pacific Design Center and as a professional escort. He died of complications related to AIDS on March 4, 2003.
Background
Peter Thomas Pomonis was born December 12, 1961, in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. He was one of three children. After his parents' divorce and his mother's remarriage, they relocated to their stepfather's ranch near Spokane, Washington. During this period Thomas was repeatedly sexually abused. For his freshman and sophmore years of high school his biological father paid to send his son to military school. Thomas was also sexually abused at the military school. After his biological father learned that his son was gay, Thomas was disowned. At that time Thomas dropped his last name and was known as Peter Thomas.
Extent
2.1 Linear Feet 1 archives carton, 2 archives boxes
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Availability
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.