Sunday, August 16, 2015


Stockholm -- ILGCN (international rainbow cultural network) participated in events at Pride House as part of Stockholm Pride July 27-31,2015 -- with a seminar by ILGCN Cultural Ambassador Popo Fan, Chinese film maker, and an award to a pioneering Polish editor and film maker, Karol Radziszewski.

Popo Fan
At the film seminar, Popo Fan described his film work including the documentary "Mama Rainbow" with interviews of the mothers of LGBT children and on-going work with a documentary about the fathers of gays and lesbians. He also described the difficult work of organizing the Beijing Queer Film Festival while trying to avoid state censorship, persecuted police and government-enlisted spies.

At another seminar, arranged by Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural workers), Popo Fan also received Tupilak's Polar Bear Award 2015 --shared this year with colleagues in Poland, Britain and Sweden.

After his presentations of his work with the Polish arts magazine DIK Fagzine and his film work at seminars arranged by the Polish Institute, Karol Radziszewski received the ILGCN's "Sappho in Paradise" award -- handed out together with the Paradise Press in London for outstanding work with LGBT literature, publishing and libraries. The award honored Radziszewski and his DIK Fagzine:

Karol Radziszewski
" ... for its 10-year-old pioneering publication focusing on homosexuality and masculinity -- the only such art publication in central and Eastern Europe. ... for publishing in both Polish and English to reach readers both in the beyond the Polish borders around the world and for confirming that the culture and human rights struggle of LGBT people are a vital part of any nation's history, culture, identity and future."
This year's award is shared with the the co-founder and pioneer supporters of Britain's Gay Authors' Workshop promoting LGBT literature -- Michael Harth, Kathryn Bell and Elsa Wallace, UK. These award diplomas are to be handed out later at a ceremony in London.

The award to Karol and DIK Fagzine included a signed copy of Elsa Wallace's latest short story collection, "Kissyface and Others."

ILGCN representatives also met a number of visiting foreign cultural workers, artists and film makers, adding their works to the joint Tupilak/ILGCN (international rainbow cultural network) International Rainbow Art & Photo Exhibition and the International Rainbow Film Archives -- some to be on diplay at the next ILGCN World Rainbow Culture Conference in Budapest October 16-18, 2015

More information:
ILGCN website www.ilgcn.
and from ILGCN Information Secretariat-Stockholm c/o

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

2nd Stage of ILGCN World Rainbow Culture Conference 2015
in Budapest October 16-18

Stockholm/Budapest -- The second stage of this year's ILGCN (international rainbow cultural workers) World Rainbow Culture Conference will take place in the Hungarian capital in mid-October -- since the planned stage for Palanga, Lithunia has had to be postponed until 2016.  This follows the first stage in Stockholm May 4-6, 2015.

The event is to include presentations about the LGBT situation and culture in Belarus, Russia, Lithuania, Sweden, Norway, Hungary, Canada and other countries.   Also, poetry readings, music peformances, film screeings and art work from the Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers) and ILGCN Travelling Art & Photo Exhibition with works from 50 countries.

"We are very pleased to have this event in Hungary at a time when voices even in our parliament are calling for more intolerance, homophobia and even the death sentence," says Tama´s Lovas, co-secretary general of the ILGCN Eastern European Secretariat.  

"We are happy that our Norwegian colleague Rolf Solheim will join us with a presentation of LGBT rights and culture in his country and the long support of the world-wide Humanist movement for LGBT rights," says Bill Schiller, secretary general of the ILGCN Information Secretariat - Stockholm.  "We hope a number of other ILGCN cultural ambassadors and co-odinators -- both veterans and new comers -- will be able to join us"

One of the contributors will be Demeter Aron of Amnesty International - Hungary talking about homophobic hate crimes and hate speech in Hungary. 
Canadian input will come from Robert Milkovich about the dramatically changing history of the LGBT movement in his nation and Mark Smith about the ILGCN-prize winning "World Pride - Toronto 2014and Belarus contributions will describe the situation for LGBT's in this the last dictatorship in Eastern Europe and homophobic hate coverage in the state-controlled Belarus media.

Hungarian and Swedish performances, and films focusing on
Russia, Lithuania, Sweden, LGBT monuments

Performances will be provided by the Budapest musical folk and popular music group,Continue Trio -- ILGCN cultural ambassadors for Hungary-- and Sweden's Peter Fröberg -- Sweden's first ILGCN cultural ambassador.  

Other Swedish participants include representatives from the Viking Bears -- denouncing old stereotypes of gays as being femine, disco freaks and hystericlaly outrageous -- rather than being people of all ages, all shapes, bearded or not, and of all professions including "Breakback Mountain"  cowboys.

Films will include the works of British-made "Hunted" by Britain's Ben Steele - about the entrapment and violence against gays in Russia,  "Euro Pride Riga 2015", the Frenchman Francoise Message-directed  "We Can be Gay Today" about the first gay pride march in Vilnius, Lithuania, "Rainbow Song" from Nasrin Pakkho about elderly LGBT people in Sweden and  "LGBT Monuments" by Swedish/Austrian Willi Reichhold looking at monuments honoring the often brutal and bloody history of persecution of LGBT people all across Europe. 

The event in Budapest -- like the 1st stage in Stockholm in May -- is supported by Tupilak, the Nordic Rainbow Humanists and other LGBT organizations.  It will also include the first-ever meeeting of the European Rainbow Humanists and the award ceremony of the annual Nordic Rainbow Humanist award.

"This is another 0-budget ILGCN event with no travel funds, but efforts will be made to find some private accomodation to avoid hotel costs," says Schiller.

More in information: 


Thomas (Tamás) Lovas in Budapest  
Bill Schiller at the ILGCN Information Secretariat-Stockholm 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Press Release: Stockholm, May 10, 2015

ILGCN World Rainbow Cultural Conference

takes place in Stockholm

Stockholm -- The first stage of the 2015 ILGCN (international rainbow cultural network) World Rainbow Cultural Conference has taken place in the Swedish capital May 4-6 including seminars on LGBT rights, identity and culture in China, the Philippines, Uganda, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Hungary, Canada, the Baltic states, Latin America and elsewhere.

One special seminar highlighted the homophobia and censorship in the news media controled by the dictatorship of Belarus -- a seminar presented by participating gay Belarus journalists from Minsk. Another focused on the determination of such publications as Sweden's Amnesty Press to include LGBT rights and culture in its regular human rights coverage.

Another presentations came from LGBT Amnesty working on the case of murdered South African lesbian, Noxolo Nogwas. The British documentary film by Ben Steele, "Hunted: the War against Gays in Russia" -- about vigilante groups trapping and beating up gays in Russia -- was followed by a panel discussion with visitors from Russia, Belarus and Kyrgystan thanks to assistance from Sweden's Östgruppen for human rights and democracy in Eastern Europe and Sweden's Central Asia group working with human rights in this area.

Other Swedish presentations came from the Rainbow Library in the northern city of Umeå, the Museum of Work of Norrköping on its "elderly LGBT documentation project", Gay Camps and its international program and the PositiHIVagruppen working with men having sex with men, with other seminars dealing with the cultural identity of trans persons and the differently abled and the eldery -- underlined by the documentary film "The Rainbow 's Song" on the elder LGBT's by Nasrin Pakkho, the work with HIV/AIDS in Sweden, the Swedish "Activists in Residence" program which invites in cultural workers from Eastern Europe, and the Swedish Viking Bears underlining the contribution of those breaking the sometimes narrow sterotypes of what LGBT people look like.

Seminars, Music, Art, Performances

This was the first ILGCN world conference in Stockholm since 1998. Others have been held in Warsaw/Auschwitz, Rio de Janeiro, Minneapolis and London. The conference was given crucial support by Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural workers) and the Nordic Rainbow Humanists -- with an important presentation by Rolf Solheim on the LGBT movement in Norway and the support of the humanist movement for LGBT rights and culture.

The conference also included music and sång performances, poetry, film screenings, art, photography and performances as well as a large exhibit of Ugandan handicraft sold to support safe houses in Uganda giving refuge to persecuted LGBT people.

Award diplomas handed out during the conference went to Swedish "Dyke Hard" film maker, Bitte Andersson, Russian Elena Klimova facing trial and prison for defyinng the Russian law banning information on homosexuality, and the LGBT organization of the Faroe Islands.,

The venutes includes the local of the PositHIVagruppen, the pub Secreta Garden, the local of Senses - human rights group, the gay pub Side Track and the gay-run café Röda Rummet -- essential co-operation for what was largely a 0-budget event..

The 2nd stage of this year's conference will be held in Palanga -- with invitations from Lithuanian collegues to the event read out at the confernce.. Contact the ILGCN Information Secretariat-Stockholm or Lithuanian ILGCN organizers, Darius or Arvydas Vogulis.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Press Release                                                Stockholm, February 12, 2015                                                                                                                    

  Stockholm -- The ILGCN World Rainbow Cultural Conference 2015 will take place in  Stockholm, Sweden  May 4-6  ( stage 1) and  Palanga, Lithuania: July 17-19  (stage 2).

  Delegates will be discussing LGBT film making, journalism,  art, music and literature.  Other seminars will cover rainbow culture for trans persons, the HIV positives and  differently ableled.  Other seminars will cover national LGBT situations in different countries and NGO human rights organizations' support for rainbow rights and culture.   

   Delegates will be coming from Norway, Belarus, Canada, Thailand, Peru, Cuba, Egypt, the Czeck Republic, Serbia, Sweden, Finland and elsewhere.

     There are no registration or entrance fees. Unfortunately, the conference has no travel grants but will try to find private accomodation for foreign visitors to avoid hotel costs.  

    The conference is being supported by the ILGCN (international rainbow cultural network) Information Secretriat-Stockolm, Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural workers), Nordic Rainbow Humanists and International Rainbow Seniors-Sweden.

     This is the first such event in Stockholm since 1998.  Other ILGCN world conference have taken place in Warsaw/Auschwitz, London, Minneapolis and Rio de Janeiro.

   More information:    Tupilak Facebook

Monday, January 5, 2015


Join us -- or send solidarity greetings -- to another ILGCN participation in Rio de Janeiro's annual  Simpatia é Quase Amor (sympathy is almost love)  parades and very rainbow-filled street happenings in this Brazlian city at Ipanema beach.

Date:  Saturday, February 7, 2015  -- just before Rio's giant annual carnival!

Contact:  ILGCN cultural ambassador for Brazil, Anders Ödvall

Monday, December 22, 2014


Stockholm/Beijing/Manila -- ILGCN and Tupilak work have been highlighted in the capitals of China and the Philippines in December, 2014.


A multi-media presentation in Beijing at a large and well-known book store at an event arranged by the pioneering LGBT Center Beijing focused on LGBT culture, history and Nordic and iinternational co-operation. A visit the following day to the center itself included discussions on future co-operation between China and Sweden and selections of a ILGCN culltural ambassador and co-ordinator from China.

Award Diplomas in the Philippines

Despite the threat of a severe typhoon battering central Philippines, the 20th Pride Parade in Metro Manila took place in this part of the giant Philippine capital. On stage after the march, the ILGCN "Rainbow Warrior" award honored all Metro Pride organizers over the past two decaded and was accepted by two gay veterans who attended the first Metro Manila pride.

The motivation for the award included a salute to Metro Manila Pride "for -- in this its 20th anniversary year -- continuiing to parade on city streets to make LGBT people visible and to confirm that on the rainbow barriers are men and women, young and old, native and foreign born. differently disabled, HIV positive and negative, queer, trans, bi-sexual colleagues and their supporters."

Another ILGCN Rainbow Warrior award diploma went to an event in another part of the Philippine capital -- the Quezon International Pink Film Festival, the biggest LGBT film festival in Asia. At a festival event sponsored by the Quezon mayor's office which supported the film festival, the award was accepted by Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, festival organizer and film maker, Nick Deocampo, and Soxie Topacio, chairman of the Quezon City Pride Council.

The motivation for the award read: "... for emphasizing that films are one of the most powerful cultural weapons to combat intolerance, ignorance, provinciality and homophobia -- a crucial ally in the political struggle for rainbow and all other human rights ... and for teaching new LGBT generations about the painful sacrifice and pleasures of the past while illustrating how the drama and humor of yesterday help create bridges to today and tomorrow."

Swedish films screened at the Pink Festival included Ester Martin Bergsmark's "She Male Snails" (Pojktanten) -- thanks fo assistance from the Swedish Film Institute -- a trailer for Bitte Andersson's "Dyke Hard." and three ILGCN/Tupilak short films "LGBT Monuments," "Swedish-Belarus Delegations to Kiev," "Survival" by Willi Reichhold.


Other ILGCN Rainbow Warrior award diplomas this year saluted the World Pride-Toronto 2014 and Öst Gruppen -- the Swedish organization working for human rights and lgbt rights in Eastern Europe.

​More information:

Sunday, December 14, 2014



Vilnius -- A historic international meeting of Belarus, Lithuanian, Swedish and Canadian LGBT and pro-LGBT journalists,  editors, translators and human rights defenders met in the Lithuanian capital on October 11, 2014 to discuss the present situation in Belarus -- and ways to exchange international experience and increase the collaboration of LGBT activists/human rights groups/mass media in other countries to help ensure LGBT people's equal rights with other social groups.

"We are very eager to increase contacts with other countries including our neighbor, Belarus," said Marius Gorochovskis, communications officer of the Lithuanian Gay League, at the conference which took place at the Human Rights House in the heart of the Lithuanian capital.

"It was great meeting colleagues from Belarus and there is a strong motivation for working together internationally," said Robert Milkovic, writer/editor and LGBTQ activist in Toronto Canada.

"The LGBT Belarus journalist is a powerful tool for educating fellow colleagues and the society on the whole -- since homophobia is a devastating and crippling illness even in Sweden today despite the almost perfect anti-discrimination legislation there," said Bill Schiller of Tupilak, the Nordic organization of rainbow cultural workers and the ILGCN, the international rainbow cultural network.

In addition, a separate discussion was dedicated to the problem of non-ethical comments under LGBT-related publications on mass media Web-sites in Belarus -- with contributions of the Belarusian LGBT Journalists' Group as facilitator, 'GayBelarus''GayAlliance'MakeOut34Mag, the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and Gender Route, a feminist NGO. 

In post-conference discussions including Lithuanian LGBT cultural workers, plans were made to hold a Belarus, Lithuanian, Swedish and Canadian rainbow conference and cultural gathering in southern Lithuania in 2015.