Thursday, June 23, 2022

TUPILAK/ILGCN in GOTHENBURG, STOCKHOLM, COPENHAGEN

Gothenburg -- Tupilak and the ILGCN held 2 seminars at the West Pride-Gothenburg in June on LGBT culture, history and co-operation with colleagues in Eastern Europe.
Stockholm -- A July 30th ceremony "Focus on Britain" will take place in Stockholm, honoring Sue Sanders, the initiator of the UK LGBT History Month/Schools Out with a "Golden Tupilak" award and UK author, Matt Cain for his book about an elderly gay searching for his lover of his youth -- winning a "Elli's Rainbow" award forcusing on the elderly. (Elli was the Viking goddess of Age.)
The "British event" will include the award-winning film, "Unchechen," made by Britain's Stephen Hornby, about the persecution and murder of gays in the Russian province of Chechnya.
Stockholm Events with Sue, Sarah and Saga Becker
Participation in Stockholm Pride includes 3 seminars -- the first on August 1 with Sue Sanders and Tupilak chair Sarah Guardino Werner discusssing LGBT history months. The August 4 seminars will cover LGBT culture and history and co-operation with Eastern Europe -- and including an award ceremony to Sweden's Saga Becker -- receving her "Loke" award -- honoring outstanding contribution to trans culture.
International Day of Rainbow Culture with Estonian Touch
The August 9th celebration in Stockholm will once again salute the International Day of Rainbow Culture -- chosen as the birthday of Finnish/Swedish painter and "Mumintrol" author, Tove Jansson ( was a member of Tupilak!). Guest singer/performer will be Erkki Otsman of Tallinn, who receives the "2022 Orpheos Musica" award. (Orpheus was the ancient Greek musician who also travelled with his male lover, Calais on the mythological ship, the Argo.)
August Celebration in Copenhagen with Greenland Focus
Copenhagen -- An August 13 Greenlandic-Swedish ceremony and cultural event will take place at the Greenland House in the Danish capital prior to Copenhagen Pride (August 15-21), where Nuka Carmen Bisgaard of Greenland will receive her "Loke's Rainbow" award at an event with music from Swedish singer Peter Fröberg and poetry.

Erkki Otsman

Matt Cain

Nuka Carmen Disgaard

Peter Fröberg

Saga Becker

Sarah Flóren

Sue Sanders

Tove Jansson photo

Unchechen son and father


Friday, May 27, 2022

 IDAHOT DAY CELEBRATED in STOCKHOLM with AWARDS, MUSIC, POETRY

Stockholm -- The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia -- May 17 -- was honored in the Swedish capital by Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers) and ILGCN (international rainbow culture network) Information Secretariat-Stockholm with awards, salutes, music and poetry.
The ILGCN's award for journalism publishing and archives -- "Sappho in Paradise 2022" -- was given to the two chief editors of the Swedish publication, "Ottar" of the RFSU (Swedish Association for Sexuality Education).
"We are honored to receive the awards," say Carolina Hemlin and Ida Måwe, "and are pleased with the motivation mentioning that Ottar is celebrating its 40th anniversary and has often included coverage of the rights and identity of LGBT people." (The award is named after the ancient Greek poetess and the LGBT publishing house, Paradise Press in London helping to choose prize winners.)
The ILGCN's diploma for outstanding rainbow art, "Orfeo Imago 2022" was handed out to Swedish resident/Frenchman Alex Colard: "Thank you Tupilak for the Award, it warms my heart to be part of the artistic LGBTQ+ community. I am thrilled to give hope to many people from all walks of life and to let them know that with hard work and determination, living the dream is possible."
The award is named after the ancient Greek musician, Orpheus, whose male lover was Calais - a fellow traveller on the mythological ship, the Argo.

Tupilak Salutes to Belarus, Sweden, International LGBT History Committee, Founder of IDAHO Day
The event included a Tupilak "skål"to Max Denison, Belarus member of Tupilak's steering committee, who successfully concluded Swedish Institute program of LGBT Belarus journalists and Swedish culture workers. Another "skål" went to Anna Giertz for concluding a program of Rosa Brus gathering LGBT sounds, voices and music. Another to Tupilak finance secretary, Peter Fröberg for helping with the financial transations for both projects -- and for donating his fee from Rosa Brus to Tupilak.
Another "skål" went to Tupilak chair, Sarah Guarino Werner, for being the first Swede to be welcomed into the International LGBT History Month Committee -- based in the U.S. and recently adding members from Italy and Cuba. The Tupilak & ILGCN Nordic LGBT History Month will take place for the 7th time in October as usual.

Golden Tupilak 2005, Argentine and Swedish Music, Poetry
Another tribute was given to the founder of the IDAHO day concept, Frenchman Louis-Georges Tin -- who received the "Golden Tupilak" at a Stockholm ceremony back in 2005. He chose the day marking the World Health Organization's removal of homosexuality as a sickness on May 17.
An IDAHO greeting and music and song for the event was provided via internet by the winners of the "2002 Orphes Musica" award -- the Carpusa Tango duo, Julieta Brizzi and Marysol de Pablo of Argentina.
Live music was presented by Tupilak prize winner and veteran activist, Jan Hammarlund and poetry was provided by Tupilak's award-winning "house poet" Tomas Åberg of Sweden.

Carlpusa Tango

Jan Hammarlund

Louis-George in Stockholm


2022 Ottar Winners

Alex receives award

Ottar pris ceremony

Peter Fröberg

Sarah Flóren

Tomas Åberg



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More information: bill@tupilak.org
Photos: Carolina, Ida with diplomas, Alex receiving his award, Anna and Bill, Peter, Sarah, Louis, Carpusa, Jan, Tomas, Tupilak logo, ILGCN logo

Saturday, February 19, 2022

TUPILAK/ILGCN BELARUS CABARET (19.00-21.00) Saturday, February 26, 2022

Hjorthagen Culture Center
(no entrace fee, all welcome)

Salute to the late Tupilak-award winner, Lennart Leonora Fröstad

Swedish-Belarus rainbow co-operation over 20 years --
Bill Schiller, etc.
Music: Christine Zuwall, piano
Elise Streetway, song/guitar
Peter Fröberg, song/music
Robert Hill, song/guitar

Poetry: Tomas Åberg, Sweden

From the novel: Emil Åkerö, Sweden

LGBT in the Holocaust -- yearly anniversary.
Orpheo Iris Elogy (rainbow research in the Holocaust) -- October.
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Films:
"Tupilak 30 Years" -- Willi Reichhold, Sweden
"When Harry met Santa" -- Norwegian Postal Service

Belarus/Swedish LGBT art/photos --
new foriegn additions to Tupilak/ILGCN International Rainbow Art & Photo Exhibition

Latest: Alberto Escobal, Brazil (Winged Angel with skull)
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Photos: Lennart Leonora,, Peter, ,, , Robert, Bill,

Alberto Escobal, Brazil (Winged Angel with skull)

Tomas Åberg

Norway's Santa and Harry

Emil Åkero

Elise Streetway

Christine Zawall

Bill Schiller in Auschwitz at wall of execution

Robert Hill

Peter Fröberg


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

ORFEO IRIS AWARD HANDED out in Malmö to POLISH WINNER

Malmö -- The ILGCN's Orfeo Iris 2021 award diploma has been handed over to the winner, Dr. Joanna Ostrowska, of Warsaw, Poland, on her visit to the southern Swedish city of Malmö. The award from the International Rainbow Culture Network honors reseach and information about the Nazi and neo Nazi persecution of LGBT people.

The award was handed over by Malmö resident, Swedish film-maker, Jenifer Malmqvist, who has earlier received an ILGCN "Wings" award for her film work -- including her prize-winning "On Suffocation" about the execution of young gays in the Middle East.
The award diploma honors Joanna Ostrowska for "crucial, often-ignored research with books and numerous articles on the fate of LGBT people in the Nazi death camps. and for confirming that the inclusion of these LGBT prisoners does in no way diminish the importance of the other categories of prisoners, but reveals the inhumanity of those who would exterminate categories of human beings."

Combating Emergence of Neo-Nazi Homophobia Hatred
It also "underlines the importance of this research to combat those in many countries -- including Sweden -- who insist that the Holocaust never took place, and that new groups of violent, homophobic neo-Nazis are appearing today in many countries."
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The Orfeo Iris 2021 award is shared with Barbara Fröhlich and the anti-fascist committee of HOSI-Wien, Austria, working with information about the persecution of LGBT people by the Nazi regime and harassment by neo Nazi elements. It has gone over the years to outstanding rainbow researchers, writers, journalists and others in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, U.K., Poland, and other countries.
The award is named after "Iris" -- the rainbow -- and the ancient Greek musician, Orpheus, whose powerful music could charm even the demons of the underworld, and who was proud of his male lovers, including Calais -- a fellow sailor on the famous ship, the Argo.
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the entrance of Auschwitz.

Joanna Ostrowska (right) and Jenifer Malmqvist at the Malmö ceremony

the drawing of the ancient Greek image of Orpheus and his lover Calias,

the rainbow

Saturday, January 1, 2022

 TUPILAK AWARD-WINNER DESMOND TUTU DIES AT 90

Stockholm -- Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers) joins the many all over the world in mourning the death of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu who has died at the age of 90 -- a man courageously condemning apartheid, injustice and violence -- and one of the few African leaders denouncing discrimination of LGBT people.
He is the second South African leader to receive the Golden Tupilak award diploma -- the organization's highest award -- which was also given to Nelson Mandela via the South African ambassador in Stockholm.
The name "Tupilak" comes from the Inuit eskimos of Greenland -- a voodoo figure carved out of animal tusk or bone.
When Inuit come into conflict, they do not fight but go home to carve out a little figure -- instructed to travel through the night to destroy an enemy. Tupilak's enemies are not people but intolerance, hatred and homophobia.
Tupilak Meeting the Archbishop in Person
Tupilak has indeed met Desmond Tutu in Person -- on Swedish soil -- I think around 2006. Thanks to a reminder from Susanne Zetterblom -- friend of Tupilak and a Swedish NGO human rights worker who has spent many years in Africa.
At the annual Swedish Book Fair in the west coast city of Gothenburg, and at the "International Square" event there where NGO's struggle to get their half-hour moment on the stage to reach potential supporters, Tupilak was informed that the visiting Desmond Tutu team had arrived late -- afterall -- with no speaker's slot for the archbishop.
Would anyone give up their precious speaker's time to the archbishop? Tupilak did.
And after his powerful speech and much applause, the archbishop gave Susanna and the Tupilakers standing by some solid hugs - and confirmation that we support each other in the human rights struggle.
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Tupilak note to the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation:
Please add our voices to the many offering condolences to the Archbishop's family, friends and all those working with your foundation.
We join in deep mourning over his passing, but are convinced that his messages of humanity, peace, solidarity and respect for all people -- despite race or background or sexual orientation -- will not die.
We were deeply honored when he accepted our highest award diploma -- the Golden Tupilak -- a figure combating intolerance, hatred and homophobia.
Bill Schiller, international secretary of Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers)

Tupilaks

Accepting the Tupilak Award Diploma

Desmond Tutu, South African Ambassador to Sweden


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

6th NORDIC RAINBOW HISTORY & CULTURE MONTH -- OCTOBER, 2021 -- last Stockholm stage events!

Stockholm -- Some of the last few events of the Swedish capital stage of the 6th Nordic Rainbow History & Culture Month - 2021 have taken place at the Hjorthagen Culture Center with presentations, film screenings, music, poetry, art work and award ceremonies. Presentations included a description of the on-going Belarus-Swedish Rainbow Co-operation project -- financed by the Swedish Insititute -- with LGBT Belarus journalists coming to Sweden to interview cultural workers here for thier website. Two journalists participated in WestPride-Gothenburg events -- with the October 1st opening of the Nordic Month, and later in Stockholm for more interviews. Two more Belarus journalists are coming to visit the Swedish capital in December for more interviews. The Stockholm event also included an exhibition of rainbow art and photography from LGBT Belarus male and female artists -- included in the Tupilak/ILGCN International Rainbow Art & Photography Travelling Exhibition. Also, art from beyond the Nordic region -- such as of Serge Hildago of Mexico! The event also included the birth of two new film initiatives: the "Elli's Rainbow Film Festival" -- honoring the elderly in the LGBT movement and those focusing on the elderly's contributions (Elli was the Viking goddess of the Aged!) and the "Loke's Rainbow Film Festival" focusing on the trans contribution to LGBT culture and identity. AWARDS HANDED OVER AT THE EVENTS The "2021 Thor's Hammer" was presented to Swedish gay soprano sexophone player, Anders Paulsson, for his enormous contribition to music and to the efforts to save the coral reefs and ocean environments of several nations. The "2021 Loke's Rainbow" awards were presented to Sweden's Zafire Vrba Woodski, whose powerful film "Death is My Pronoun" was also screened at the event, and to Swedish writer and lecturer, Emil Åkerö. Another film screened at the event was "If I Could Tell" by SETA-Finland, with the moving and often humorous documentary of both elderly gays and lesbians and couragous trans persons. This film has also been awarded the "2021 Elli's Rainbow" diploma. Powerful music provided at the event came from Elise Streetway, Jan Hammarlund and Robert Hill. Poetry was provided by Tommy Åberg, Tupilak's "house poet." LAST 2 NORDIC RAINBOW MONTH EVENTS IN STOCKHOLM Still to come, the Tuesday, October 19th event (note: new time! 19.00-21.00) at the Posithiva Grupp offices (Östermalsgatan 5). Discussions are to cover both the list of historic VIP's -- many unknown -- of the Nordic region and a future Rainbow HIV/AIDS Film Festival (with works from Sweden, USA, UK, Germany, Canada, Denmark, France, South Africa, India, etc). Films to be screened on the 19th at the PG offices are "Global Struggle for Survival" of Willi Reichhold and Sam Hultin's documentary, "Our Hopes UP" (Segern i Förskott). The session is also to discuss the need for LGBT monuments in the Nordic zone -- not only in the rest of the world. RAINBOWS IN EXILE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL? The very last event for the Swedish capital will be on Thursday, October 21 (19.00-21.00) (Götgatan 30 - T-ban Slussen) with a discussion of Amnesty's support for LGBT questions and news, LGBT Bears contribution to rainbow culture. Also, the suggestion of future plans for a Swedish-Danish initiative for an annual "Rainbows in Exile International Film Festival" focusing on the trauma and struggle of LGBT people seeking refuse and asylum in other countries. Limited space so early registration is necessary (0700 15 66 95). MIX - LGBT FILM FESTIVAL IN COPENHAGEN The Nordic Rainbow Month finishes with the 10-day event, MIX, LGBT Film Festival in Copenhagen -- the biggest and the oldest rainbow film festival in the Nordic region, from the 22nd to the 31st of October. Information about the program is on the website: https://mixcopenhagen.dk/ and on MIX COPENHAGEN. MIX is also to receive the ILGCN (international rainbow culture network) award, the "2021 Wings" for the outstanding promotion of LGBT films. It's named after the world's first gay film, the 1916 "Vingarna" by gay Swedish film maker, Maurice Stiller. More information: bill@tupilak.org

Anders Paulsson

Anders diploma
Anders diploma
"Death" film logo

Elise

Viking goddess Elli

Jan Hammarlund


Robert Hill

art from Serge Hildago of Mexico



Belarus art "red,"

Zafira and diploma
Zafira and diploma

Friday, July 30, 2021

Coming Events

 SOME TUPILAK (Nordic rainbow culture workers) and ILGCN (international rainbow culture network) INFORMATION SECRETARIAT-Stockholm COMING EVENTS:

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The ILGCN/Tupilak-initiated INTERNATIONAL DAY for RAINBOW CULTURE -- AUGUST 9 (also the birthday of Finnish-Swedish author and artist and creater of Mumintroll, Tove Jansson -- and member of Tupilak!).
Join us with a poem, quotes from Tove Jansson, a song, a short film, an art/photo display, a discussion of rainbow culture or a "skål" (a Swedish toast!) to your own rainbow culture workers!
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The inauguration of the NORDIC CAMPAIGN for LGBT MONUMENTS in the NORDIC ZONE -- not mere monuments for local recognition but for a salute to the LGBT struggle everywhere and every when over the millennium!
Launch at WorldPride Copenhagen-Malmö, August 12- 22, 2021.
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Launch of ILGCN/Tupilak: 6th NORDIC RAINBOW HISTORY & CULTURE MONTH -- October, 2021 on October 1 at WestPride- Gothenburg.
The rest of the month at Stockholm, Estonian and other Nordic cities with presentations, poetry, films, music, song, art and photography:
Heartfest LGBT Film Festival in Tartu and Rakvere
Elli’s Rainbow Festival – honoring the elderly LGBT
Loke’s Rainbow – honoring trans culture .
Nordic Culture Co-operation with Eastern Europe
Nordic VIPS in history
Nordic LGBT Monuments Campaign – a progress report
Rainbow culture salute to Greenland and Estonia