Wednesday, April 12, 2017

LGCN secretariats, ambassadors, co-ordinators, supporters and contacts:

ILGCN CALLING -- April, 2017 (Note: ILGCN information now both on facebook and on website

Successful meetings in the Lithuanian and Swedish capitals at the end of March discussing preparations for 2nd Nordic Rainbow History & Art Month - October, 2017 -- now planned for 12 Nordic nations on both sides of the Baltic Sea. Agreement that colleagues from Belarus should be included in as many of the sessions as possible.  Calls of support and exchange for the new Bears of Belarus - "Lokys."

ILGCN-supported Bears International will participate in the Bearty-Tallinn meeting in the Estonian capital April 19-22.
May 17 IDAHOT Day is planned in the Swedish capital with presentations, art, films, poetry -- with secial salutes to colleagues in the dictatorships of Chechnya and Belarus. (Together with Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers)Bears InternationalNordic Rainbow Humanists, etc.)

ILGCN seminars on rainbow history, culture, identity, Bears, together with Tupilak and Bears International will take place at this Pride event in the western Swedish city of Gothenburg June 7-9.

ILGCN Rainbow Culture Conference will take place in the Hungarian capital on 3-4 July. Seminars, poetry, art work, films, music and song. ILGCN cultural ambassadors, co-ordinators, supporters, etc. especially welcome!  (Officially part of Budapest Pride.)

ILGCN plans to participate in the annual, rotating Baltic Pride this time taking place in the Estonian capital, July 6-9.

The ILGCN's 2nd NORDIC HISTORY & ART MONTH - October, 2017 (together with Tupilak, Bears International, etc.) will take place in 12 Nordic cities on both sides of the Baltic Sea. ILGCN abassadors, co-ordinators, etc. are very welcome!

That the 2017 Orfeo Imago goes to the photo and video collective, "Atonal" with members from Poland, Sweden, Greece and Norway.
Suggestions for other ILGCN award diplomas welcome!

Material, information, photos, graphics for the next "Erato" welcome at the ILGCN Information Secretariat-Stockholm!

Photo: Vilnius "prologue" meeting at Pavilljonas Café (photo by Giordano Campanelli, Italy)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

ILGCN CALLING -- March, 2017


   Budapest/Stockholm --  ILGCN's next international rainbow conference and culture event will be on July 3-4 as part of the opening days of Budapest Pride-2017.

   "We hope that other ILGCN ambassadors, co-ordinators and supporters will join us for seminars, art and photo exhibitions and film screenings, " says Bill Schiller of the ILGCN Information Secretariat in Stockholm.   "Of course one seminar will be on the importance of LGBT History & Art Months in Budapest, London, Edinburgh and other cities -- and the 2nd Nordic Rainbow Culture Month - October, 2017 -- this time, in 12 Nordic cities on both sides of the Baltic Sea."

    "This is especially important at this time when the dictatorial Hungarian regime is trying to close the liberal-orientated Central European University in Budapest -- the best in the country and the site of earlier ILGCN seminars on Nordic rainbow culture and history at the annual Budapest LGBT History Month in February," adds Schiller.

    "We of course will also have Hungarian and other rainbow music at this July event," says Thomas Lovas, a member of the ILGCN cultural ambassadors of Budapest -- the folk, classic and musical-playing Trio Continuo in Budapest.

    More information:


     Vilnius -- At a international rainbow conference in the Lithuanian capital at the end of March, 2017, a new Belarus Bears organization has been formed to help combat stereotypes from Belarus media, politicians and homophobes that gays are weak, soft, "half men" and undeserving of human rights and respect.

    It's named after the ancient Lithuanian word for "bear" -- "Lokys" - Belarus Bears.

      The inauguration "ceremony" in Vilnius was attended by Belarus Bears and representatives from Bears International and Nordic Bears-Sweden. 


We the delegates to the international journalist conference in Vilnius 24-26th March 2017 strongly protest against the continuing police arrest of Belarussian and foreign journalists in Minsk.

We demand immediate release of those detained and demand judicial investigation of police brutality and other misconduct against those arrested.

We demand that the rule of law is upheld to safeguard freedom of speech and freedom of assembly in Belarus. These police actions damage the already tarnished image of Belarus as a modern democratic nation.

Bill Schiller, editor of "Erato" of the ILGCN (rainbow culture international) and of Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers).

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A reminder

The ILGCN Information Secretariat-Stockholm, Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers), the Nordic Rainbow Network, Bears International and the Nordic Association invite you to prologue planning sessions for the:

2nd Nordic Rainbow History & & Art Month -- October, 2017
(10 Nordic cities)

Vilnius, Lithuania -- Monday, March 27, 16.00 at Paviljonas Café (Pylimos St. 26 b) (near Old Town) (with Belarus colleagues)

Stockholm, Sweden -- Wednesday, March 29 19.00 at Secret Garden Café (Kornhamns torg 59) (Old Town)

Stockholm, Sweden -- Thursday, March 30 19.00 at Nordic Association (Förening Norden) (Drottningsgatan 30) (T-Centralen)

More information:

Friday, March 17, 2017


    Playa del Inglés --  Discussions on the importance of Bear presence on the local, national and internationa rainbow barricades -- and Bear culture --  took place March 9-10, 2017 in this site on the Canary Islands.

    "This is even more important in places like Eastern Europe -- helping break stereotyps held by media, religious leaders, politicians and homophobic hooligans -- insisting that gays are weak, feminine, working in unimportant professions and are only "half men" -- deserving no human rights and no protection from homophobic violence," says Bill Schiller of the ILGCN's (rainbow culture international) Bears International.

    Other discussions concentrated on the growing existence of Bear culture in the form of art, photography, poetry, films and more.

    Bears International's annual art diploma winners for 2017 were also announced -- going to French-born New Zealand resident, Christophe Jannin-Powell and Luis Loras of Spain -- both honored for outstanding Bear sketches and drawing and public art exhibitions.

    "I am very honored by this award," Loras said in a facebook comment.  "I am proud to receive this recognition," wrote Jannin-Powell.

    "I was surprised to fine out that even some pioneers of the LGBT movement on the islands here were unaware of Franco´s gay concentration camp Tefía on the island of Fuerteventrua -- opened 10 years after Auschwitz was liberated .. and running for a decade before falling into oblivion until only a few years ago, " Schiller said, refering to his monologue "Grey Ghosts of Tefía" honoring those gays imprisoned in the camp.

   Bear Talk discussions took place at the oldest Bear bar in the gay-dominated Jumbo Center, Bärenhöhle and the newest Bear bar there, MIAU.

   The event was also supported by the annual, Bear prize-winning Bear Carnaval - Maspalomas -- taking place this year March 19-27.

   The next Bear Talk is planned during the Baltic Pride-Tallinn in the Estonian capital July 6-9, 2017.

   More information at

Bears International aims at promoting Bear culture and international solidarity and exchange -- and is open to female, male, trans, immigrant/refugees and all other Bears and Bear supporters. 

Located as a link on the ILGCN (rainbow culture international) website:

Monday, January 30, 2017


Coming events:

Maspalomas, Spain:  March 9-10 -- Bears International's "Bears on the Barricades/Bear Culture" 
                                   (prior to Maspalomas Bear Carnival)

Kiev:  May 9-13 -- Bears International at Ukrainian Bears celebrations (Eurovision Song Festival)

Ukrainian Bears in Kiev

Stockholm:  May 17 -- Bears International at IDAHO DAY salute

Budapest:  July 3-5 -- Bears International at ILGCN International Rainbow Culture Conference 
                                 (sidelines of Budapest Pride July 3-12)

Tallinn:  July 6-9 -- Bears International at Baltic Pride-Tallinn

​Tallinn:  April 21-23 --  Tallinn Bearty 2017 - Bear music & culture 

Join us!   Add your event to the list..?   Contact us!

Bill Schiller, international secretary

Bear award in Maspalomas: ​Bill Schiller, BI international secretary (left),
award winner Lobo (center) of Bear Carnival - Maspalomas, Peter F., Sweden  


BEARS INTERNATIONAL -- a network promoting Bear visibilityinternational LGBT solidarity & culture 
                                          (art, photography, music, films, poetry, literature)

                                  Open to all rainbow Bears -- including Ursula and other female Bears,
                                      trans Bears, refugee/immigrant Bears and bi-sexual Bears.

No membership fees!

Sunday, December 18, 2016


Stockholm -- Discussions, cultural presentations, poetry, art, films and evaluation of the 1st Nordic Rainbow History & Art Month - October, 2016 (Umeå-Stockholm-Vilnius) took place in the Swedish capital December 10-13 -- co-sponsored by Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers), Bears International and the Nordic Association-Sweden.

The gatherings included a Swedish "skål" to the December 10th International Human Rights Day at Sidetrack pub (one of the same venues used in October) and meetings at the PositHIVa Group local, the Old Town island pub Secret Garden and the downtown offices of the Nordic Association, with a presentaton there also of Jukka Aminoff, managing director of Noak's Ark working with HIV/AIDS information and support, describing its history, use of art, music and films and future plans.

Art exhibtions included works from Belarus, Ukraine and samples from all the Nordic nations from the ILGCN/Tupilak collections as well as "Rainbow Flowers" by Sweden's Kennet Lindquist. Live music and song at the final session was provided by Sweden's Christine Zawall, singing in Polish.

It was decided that the 2nd Nordic Rainbow History Month be expanded to include other Nordic cities -- both in the western part of the vast Nordic region and all the Nordic nations on the eastern side of the Baltic -- , more LGBT organizations in the Nordic zone, more LGBT refugees and immigrants, and more programs of Nordic-Belarus co-operation. The Nordic month organizers are also to work for increased exchanges with other LGBT history month colleagues in Budapest, Edinburgh, London and elsewhere.

It was also decided to encourage the search for Nordic grants for Swedish-Danish and Swedish-Icelandic rainbow cultural exchange in 2017 and Swedish Institute support for more Swedish-Belarus LGBT cultural exchange as well as other sources.

Also at the last session, a statement was read out from ILGCN Orfeo Imago (for art and photography) 2016 award winner, Denmark's Birthe Havmöller:

"I am honoured and happy to share the award with the organisers of the Nordic & Baltic Queer Art Network. Feminine Moments is a child of the end of the 1990's and the website was born in 2003, when I finally was confident that the Internet was working well enough for my use as my main source for materials and research about queer feminist art and fine art made by lesbian, bisexual and queer women artists around the world.

"Feminine Moments (art blog and resource site) is my gift to the art world, the homosexual communities and the queer feminist artists around the world. And as the editor of the website, I still feel it is important to push queer art and the women artists as they are only marginally more visible than they were a decade ago.'

Rainbow Flowers by Kennet Lindquist (copyright)
Birthe Havmöller, Denmark   
Christine Zawall (photo by Kennet Lindquist)
More information: