Tuesday, February 5, 2019

ERATO Nov 2018

This is the order of the logos/photos in the text:

1. Erato logo 
2. Golden viking emblems.
3. Victor Adeniran USA photo
4. "Ceva" Romanian cartoon picture
5. John Earhart
6. Lorena Delgado, Sweden
7. Christian Juhl, Denmark
8. LGBT Monument in Visby
9. Mia Haglund, Finland
10. Lynx Dean, Canada
4.   



November, 2018    
ILGCN Information       
Secretariat- Stockholm
www.ilgcn.tupilak.org         
  
                                                            Same sex golden Viking-age emblems– symbol of the Nordic History Months
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OSLO STAGE OF 3rd NORDIC RAINBOW MONTH COMPLETED
   
     Oslo -- This stage of the 3rd Nordic Rainbow History & Culture Month - October "plus" - 2018 in the Norwegian capital has been completed with discussions, art and photography and the film screening of the ILGCN (international rainbow culture network) /Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers) film, "LGBT Monuments."

    This was the 2nd Norwegian event of the Month -- including the October 15 "queer training of museum personnel" at LGBT (Skeivtarkiv) Archives (continued to page 3) 
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STOCKHOLM PRIDE HIGHLIGHTS: Middle East, Argentina, Canada

   Stockholm -- Stockholm Pride 2017 – also sharing the Europride with the Swedish West Coast city of Gothenburg’s West Pride – has a good input of LGBT culture and history – especially at the “Pride House” section and “Pride in the City.”

     The LGBT situation in Lebanon, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East was highlighted each day during Pride week in the (continued. on page 3)

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   STOCKHOLM STAGE OF 3rd NORDIC RAINBOW MONTH

  Stockholm -- Presentations, performances, music, song, art, photography and film screenings were part of the 5 days -- October 15-18 and 23 -- of the Stockholm stage of 3rd Nordic Rainbow History & Culture Month - October, 2018 going through Nordic cities and towns on both sides of the Baltic Sea. Australian Ambassador (continued on page 4)           Victor from USA
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UPPSALA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL  HIGHLIGHTS LGBT FILMS     
                                                                                                                                                                                   
    Uppsala – The annual short film festival in this Swedish city just north of Stockholm again also focused on rainbow film making – with the darkly-dramatic, animated gay film  
                  “Ceva” from the Romanian film maker, Paul Muresan,                
                          and the traditional “queer film festival” (cont. page 4)
“Ceva”                
 STOCKHOLM STAGE OF 3rd NORDIC RAINBOW MONTH…    page 2
   (continued from page 1) Jonathon Kenna described the advances of LGBT rights in his country, including the recent referendum and law reform legalizing same-sex marriages. He also commented on Australia's decisions to grant asylum to LGBT people persecuted in their home countries because of their sexual orientation.

   The Canadian Embassy's political counselor, Eric Petersson, spoke about the LGBT struggle in his country and presented a detailed written report of the history of LGBT culture workers -- both native Canadians and immigrants -- in the fields of art, sculpture, music, literature and film making -- adding that "queer artists have played an integral role in the movement for LGBT rights in Canada and continue to challenge not only homophobia but also colonialism, rascism and sexism." 

    Veteran Austrian activist Kurt Krickler related Austria's slow, years-long process for each stage of progress in LGBT history. He also described Austria's historic, pioneering co-operation with Eastern Europe helping bring these newly-established LGBT groups into the international forum.

     Sidnimax, a gay refugee from Belarus, commented on the increasingly tough homophobic regime in this the last dictatorship of Eastern Europe while Sweden's Anna-Maria Sörberg, author/journalist commenting on the role of LGBT journalism and the fears that nationalism and populism could use the LGBT movement for undemocratic gains.

     Swedish gay policeman Göran Stanton described the history of the Swedish Gay Police -- which he founded -- and international contacts with police in other countries, plus his continuing work on hate crimes. He added that his next gay conference will be in Vilnius this November with Lithuanian police. 

    Fecundo Ortiz of the Argentine Embassy spoke about the progress made in the LGBT struggle in his country, including the success of achieving Argentina's same-sex marriage law -- which he described as the "most liberal and inclusive in the world."

   Victor Adeniran, artist/dancer and new ILGCN cultural ambassador from Colorado, USA, commented on his colorful art work often including black Americans and native Americans as well as his support for the ILGCN.  He also participated in the Stockholm session's LGBT art exhibit at the Gallery Mellanrum in a near-by Stockholm suburb.

      John Earhart, head of the Bamses Norweign Bears, commented on the growing importance and visibility of Bear culture and co-operation and exchange with Russia and Ukraine -- part of the 2nd Bears International 4-day Festival included in the 3rd Nordic Month -- and concentrating on Bear culture and co-operation with Eastern Europe.  Written Bear messages of Bear solidarity from MoscowMinsk,Tallinn and Kiev were read aloud.

Stockholm's Revolutionary Pride called for future co-operation with Tupilak, the ILGCN and Nordic Rainbow History & Culture Months.  She added: "We want very much to collaborate on non-commercial Prides and other LGBT cultural events, and have a fine, multi-storied building, Cyklopen, in a near-by suburb for performances, film screenings and discussions!"

                                                                          Invitation from Budapest

    The ILGCN co-secretariat for Eastern Europe in Budapest also sent greetings to the Stockholm stage, emphasizing that the homophobic and anti-immigrant regime in Hungary is increasing its threats against human rights and the LGBT community.  They added that they hope future ILGCN and Bear cultural festivals will come to Budapest.      Another message of support came from Eddy Kalyanga, ILGCN's "Uganda ambassador in exile" living in northern Sweden but still working with  political support and handicraft cultural fundraising                for his organization,  RADO (Rainbow and Diversity Organistion Uganda).  He also      John Earhart   aimed sharp criticism at Swedish and other embassies abroad refusing to                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                   

grant visas to Ugandan LGBT activists and culture workers to come to such events at the 3rd Nordic Month.
  
     Rolf Solheim, Norwegian LGBT activist and veteran of the Norwegian Humanists described his nation's history and progress in the LGBT struggle and the pioneering support of the international Humanist movement for LGBT rights.

   Ulf Andersson, editor in chief of Amnesty Press - Sweden, described the LGBT situation in many countries such as the worsening situation in some parts of Africa and the former Soviet Union and the recent success of India's supreme court finally ripping up the colonial, British-instituted ban on homosexuality.  He also reiterated his determination to continue to give ample coverage of LGBT issues in his publication.

    Songs and music were provided by Sweden's Elise JohanssonPeter "Xeller8" FröbergJan Hammarlund. Poetry of Tommy Åberg, Sweden and, international LGBT poetry from Iran, Greece, Finland, France, China, Spain, USA and the U.K.. Art and photography was displayed from the ILGCN/Tupilak international exhibition with works from over 50 countries.

   Films screened included  "LGBT Monuments" by Swedish/Austrian Willi Reichhold who has been adding new photos of the growing number of such monuments around the world,"  "Narcissus" -- a ballet film by award-winning, gay Canadian director, Normal Mclaren and "Frans & Hans" with music and song by Jan Hammarlund and actor Robert Fux and drawings by Bitte Andersson about two Swedish gay lovers of the turn of last century, imprisoned for their homosexuality.

     Retired Swedish journalist Hans Nordh emphasized the importance of weekly social get-togethers for elderly Swedish gays.   Swedish travel agent Henrik Husgafvel described the strong relationships between LGBT sports and culture -- especially at international LGBT events such as the Gay Games. 
                                                                                                                  
     Bill Schiller of the ILGCN Information Secretariat - Stockholm asked why the Nordic region has no approved LGBT monuments except for the ILGCN/Tupilak "peoples´ monument" made out of stones on the Swedish Baltic island of Gotland.  He also spoke of the power of LGBT history and culture vs. homophobia and silence.
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  OSLO STAGE OF 3rd NORDIC RAINBOW MONTH COMPLETED….

(continued from page 1) in Bergen. The Olso stage was scheduled to co-ordinate with the dates of the rotating Nordic Council session and included participation with Nordic parliamentarians and officials

      From the Nordic Council session came Nordic parliamentarians Lorena Delgado Varas (Swedish's Left Party) and Christian Juhl (Danish Greens), Finland's Mia Haglund secretary general of the Nordic Green Left and a Finnish member of the Nordic Council's Youth Council. "We skipped lunch with the Norwegian king to meet with LGBT organizations for interesting discussions on how the rights of LGBT people are consistently violated, " says Lorena Delgado.  "We learned also how the Franco regime in Spain set up a concentration camp for gays on the island of Fuerteventura -- starving and beating inmates, destroying lives."  
          After seeing the film "LGBT Monuments" by Sweden's Willi Reichhold portraying monuments both in Nazi concentration camps and elsewhere all over the world, saluting LGBT people persecuted,                    imprisoned and executed over the centuries the seminar   participants called for the establishment of such monuments also in the Nordic region.   "Although Pride parades may disappear from the streets  each year, they  remain in our thoughts.  But we also need a permanent place to honor LGBT people, "  
Lorena Delgado        Chrisitian Juhr                                said Christian Juhl.  "In our town in Denmark,
   ,      we used to be only a monument of the factory boss at a paper mill.  But we have   
                          made sure that there is now also a monument of the workers!  
 Ingvld Endestad    We must do the same for LGBT people!”                               Mia Haglund          

   John Earhart, head of the Bamse Norwegian Bears, said: "It's even more important now with such a LGBT monument in the Nordic region with the increasing presence of neo-Nazi homophobes in Norway, Sweden and elsewhere!" Earhart says.  

   "We are once again at this Nordic Council session taking up questions of discrimination of LGBT people in the Nordic area and want very much to continue this dialogue with LGBT organizations to work together to strengthen LGBT rights and identity," says Mia Haglund, who helped very much to make this meeting possible despite the heavy schedule of the Nordic Council

      "This meeting here at the FRI offices was especially welcome because the theme of the next Olso Pride will be "LGBT History." said Ingvild Endestad, head of the Norwegian national LGBT organization, FRI.  "We are also very much trying to promote Nordic co-operation between the LGBT organizations in this region."

        "We are very pleased to have Norway join the Nordic Month this year -- an event inspired by other rainbow history months in U.K. Hungary and elsewhere --  and to have members of the Nordic Council parliament join us to discuss the steps these parliamentarians are taking to eliminate remaining legislative discrimination of LGBT people in the Nordic zone and to work for increasing support for Nordic LGBT exchange in the Nordic region and beyond,” says Bill Schiller - ILGCN Information Secretariat. 
                                                                 
                                                           Humanist Award Diploma to Budapest, London
    
            During other discussions in Oslo, the Nordic Rainbow Humanists announced the winners of this year's Nordic Rainbow Humanist diploma is to be shared by the International Federation of Resistance Fighters – Association of Anti-Fascists based in Budapest and the Warwickshire-based LGBT charity, Pink Triangle Trust

     The Olso event ended with a visit to the Kunstplass Gallery -- close to the City Hall and proudly flying a street-side rainbow flag -- to see the photo exhibit of Ahmed Umar of Sudan, now a resident of Norway, with large photos and quotation texts of LGBT activists in Sudan, "criminals" in their home country -- faces protected from the camera lens by Ahmed himself.
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STOCKHOLM PRIDE HIGHLIGHTS: Middle East, Argentina, Canada…
.                                                                                                                                                           Lynx Dean
   (continued from page 1) city Arts Center (Kulturhuset) thanks to seminars arranged by the veteran, Swedish Radio and highly-appreciated Cairo-based radio correspondent Cecilia Udén with guests from the Middle East and Swedes living there
    
   The Argentine element came with the Argentinian Embassy-arranged presentation of Argentine historian and activist, Lucas Ramón Mendes, who presented the history of the LGBT struggle in Argentina leading up to the historic LGBT marriage legislation – considered to be the most
 inclusive in the world
   Two performances took place at café and restaurants in Stockholm by Canada’s Lynx Dean, 
who came to Stockholm from Hamburg Pride, who has promised to return to Stockholm early in 2019. 
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UPPSALA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL AGAIN HIGHLIGHTS LGBT FILMS….

  (Continued from page 1) “queer film festival” with films from nations where being LGBT is downright dangerous – such as Iraq, Russia and Lebanon as well as from Germany and Sweden. Festival discussions also brought up the possibility of the Uppsala film festival and the 4th Nordic Rainbow History & Culture Month arranging a joint seminar on LGBT films in 2019.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

 Tupilak members and supporters! 

2019 begins with programs on March 9 in Södertälje (see program below!) and on March 21 in Stockholm -- honoring the United Nations International Day against Discrimination
                                                                            (details coming!)

Time to renew your annual Tupilak membership (100 kronor).  Post giro 498 37 67-7

   Your support is needed to carry out our LGBT rainbow cultural solidarity projecs in the Nordic region and beyond!
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OUTing the Past:
The International Festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans History
 March 9, 2019, Södertälje konsthall, Södertälje

 Södertälje konsthall in collaboration with TUPILAK is very happy to host OUTing the Past: The International Festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans History 2019, as a hub part of the coming celebrations!

Södertälje konsthall is a municipality run art gallery in the Swedish city of Södertälje, an industrial city with 70.000 inhabitants very well known in Sweden for being the home of truck maker Scania AB. About 39 % of the inhabitants in the city have foreign background, which makes the city a place with connections to people all over the world.

OUTing the past will take place the 9th of March 2019, in between 11:00 and 15:00 at Södertälje konsthall, Lunagallerian, Södertälje.

For more info please contact Sarah Guarino Florén at: sarah.floren@sodertalje.se

FESTIVAL PROGRAM:
  • 11:00 Opening of the festival. Welcome speech by Bill Schiller, activist, journalist and former chairman of Tupilak, and Sarah Guarino Florén, curator/pedagogue at Södertälje konsthall and chairwoman of Tupilak (Swedish/English)

  • 11:30 Lecture by Elfrida Bergman about Myths and Realities – A Lesbian Odyssey (Swedish)
  • 12:30 Inauguration of the exhibition Queering Sápmi with Elfrida Bergman
  • 13:00 Lecture by Urszula (Ula) Chowaniec, Ph.D about Queer/Women in East and Central European Cinema (English)
  • 14:00 “How to work with LGBTQ-issues and culture outside the big cities” - Panel discussion in between invited speakers and representatives from the local LGBTQ-association RFSL Södertälje.
 Myths and Realities – A Lesbian Odyssey
  -- a project that makes visible and explores lesbian (♥) past and present in Norrland. 

This project investigates the boundaries between fact and fiction, myth and reality of the formational stories that underlie lesbian and queer identities and experiences. An ambulating lesbian museum designed and crafted by MYCKET in collaboration with MADAM snickeri has been touring the roads since March 2018 to spread, collect, and celebrate the lesbian and queer community with as many people as possible! Follow the project here.

Sara Lindquist and Elfrida Bergman lead the project. MYCKET creates the visual and spatial form. The association Lesbisk maktLesbian Power, runs the project with funding from Postdkodslotteriets kulturstiftelse, The Swedish Postcode Foundation.

(♥) Lesbian refers in this project to everyone who identifies as a lesbian, who has ever had a lesbian experience, who hopes to do something lesbian in the future, or who at some point in their lives related to lesbianism in some way. All genders and gender identities are welcome.

Queering Sápmi - Indigenous stories beyond the norm
Exhibition by Elfrida Bergman and Sara Lindquist

Specific & Universal  - an invitation to a context where gender and sexuality is debated, looked at and thought about. The participants of the project share their thoughts about specific circumstances that have been important to them. When doing so they also hold up a mirror for us to look at our own life, choices we’ve made and how utterly vulnerable we all are to the outside world.

 Queer/Women in East and Central European Cinema

The talk aims at presenting the most crucial gender, queer and feminist issues in contemporary Eastern and Central Europe. Main areas of investigation are the selected films that discussed in the contexts of various LGBTQ political, social, and cultural issues from 1980s to the present. The emphasis is given to Eastern Europe after 1989 with the references to the 20th-century past. Among the films are: Egymasra nezve/ Another Way by Karoly Makk (1982); Nadzór/ Control by Wiesław Saniewski (1985). Fine mrtve djevojke / Fine Dead Girls (Croatia, 2002) by Dalibor Matanic. Diˇsi duboko/ Take a Deep Breath by Dragan Marinković (Serbia, 2004), and others.

Urszula (Ula) Chowaniec, Ph.D. is Professor (dr hab.) at the Andrzej Frycz-Modrzewski Cracow Academy in Poland and the Research Fellow at University College London. Currently, during her research leave, she resides in Stockholm. She is an author of a monograph Melancholic Migrating Bodies in Contemporary Women’s Writing (2015) and W poszukiwaniu Kobiety: O wczesnych powieściach Ireny Krzywickiej (In Search for a Woman: Early Novels of Irena Krzywicka, Kraków 2007). She also edited and contributed to Women’s Voices and Feminism in Polish Cultural Memory(2012), Mapping Experience on Polish and Russian Women’s Writing (2010), Masquerade and Femininity. Essays on Polish and Russian Women Writers (2008). Her current research concentrate on women emancipation movement from the non-heterosexual perspectives, mainly concentrating on the movement in Eastern Europe, but also generally on the dialogues between women’s movement and lesbian emancipation as well as the connection between the development of the feminist language and the language of non-heteronormative sexualities.

She teaches among other course: Cotemporary Polish Women’s Writing; Gender and Body Politics in Literature and Film (Eastern-European Perspectives); Eastern Europe Through the Literary Nobel Prize Winners.

Most recent project: https://impactsofgender.weebly.com

 RELATED WEBSITES:

RFSL Södertälje: http://sodertalje.rfsl.se/

photo by Sara Lindquist

Saturday, November 3, 2018

OSLO STAGE OF 3rd NORDIC RAINBOW MONTH COMPLETED


Oslo -- This stage of the 3rd Nordic Rainbow History & Culture Month - October "plus" - 2018 in the Norwegian capital has been completed with discussions, art and photography and the film screening of the ILGCN (international rainbow culture network) /Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers) film, "LGBT Monuments."

This was the 2nd Norwegian event of the Month -- including the October 15 "queer training of museum personnel" at the LGBT (Skeivtarkiv) Archives in Bergen.

The Olso stage was scheduled to co-ordinate with the dates of the rotating Nordic Council session, and included participation with Nordic parliamentarians and officials.

From the Nordic Council session came Nordic parliamentarians Lorena Delgado Varas (Swedish's Left Party) and  Christian Juhl (Danish Greens), Finland's Mia Haglund secretary general of the Nordic Green Left and a Finnish member of the Nordic Council's Youth Council

Lorena Delgado, Sweden 
"We skipped lunch with the Norwegian king to meet with LGBT organizations for interesting discussions on how the rights of LGBT people are consistently violated, " says Lorena Delgado.  "We learned also how the Franco regime in Spain set up a concentration camp for gays on the island of Fuerteventura -- starving and beating inmates, destroying lives."  

(The Feurteventua camp at Tefía was established 10 years after Auschwitz, Poland was liberated, closed after 10 years and forgotten for decades.)

LGBT Monument to Promote Permanent Visibility

After seeing the film "LGBT Monuments" by Sweden's Willi Reichhold portraying monuments both in Nazi concentration camps and elsewhere all over the world,  saluting LGBT people persecuted, imprisoned and executed over the centuries, the seminar participants called for the establishment of such monuments also in the Nordic region.  

"Although Pride parades may disappear from the streets each year, they remain in our thoughts.  But we also need a permanent place to honor LGBT people, " said Christian Juhl.  "In our town in Denmark, there used to be only a monument of the factory boss at a paper mill.  But we have made sure that there is now also a monument of the workers!  We must do the same for LGBT people for permanent visibility."

Ingvild Endestad
John Earhart, head of the Bamse Norwegian Bears, emphasized the importance of Bears in the LGBT to challenge the stereotrypes --  even within the LGBT community -- on what a gay person should look like and what he should wear.  "It's even more important now with such a LGBT monument with the increasing presence of neo-Nazi homophobes in Norway, Sweden and elsewhere!" Earhart says.  

"We are once again at this Nordic Council session taking up questions of discrimination of LGBT people in the Nordic area, and want very much to continue this dialogue with LGBT organizations to work together to strengthen LGBT rights and identity," says Mia Häglund, who helped very much to make this meeting possible despite the heavy schedule of the Nordic Council

"This meeting here at the FRI offices was especially welcome because the theme of the next Olso Pride will be "LGBT History." said  Ingvild Endestad, head of the Norweigan national LGBT organization, FRI.  "We are also very much trying to promoted Nordic co-operation between the LGBT organizations in this region."

Christian Juhl, Denmark
"We are very pleased to have Norway join the Nordic Month this year -- an event inspired by other rainbow history months in U.K. Hungary and elsewhere --  and to have members of the Nordic Council parliament join us to discuss the steps these parliamentarians are taking to eliminate remaining legislative discrimination of LGBT people in the Nordic zone and to work for increasing support for Nordic LGBT exchange and culture with colleagues in neighboring Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere," says Bill Schiller of the ILGCN Information Secretariat-Stockholm.
                                                                 
Humanist Award Diploma to Budapest, London
    
During other discussions in Oslo, the Nordic Rainbow Humanists announced the winners of this year's Nordic Rainbow Humanist diploma is to be shared by the International Federation of Resistance Fighters – Association of Anti-Fascists based in Budapest and the Kenilworth-based  LGBT charity, Pink Triangle Trust

The Olso event ended with a visit to the Kunstplass Gallery -- which proudly flies the street-side rainbow flag close to the City Hall -- to see the photography exhibit of Ahmed Umar of Sudan, now a resident of Norway, with large photos and quotation texts of LGBT actvists in Sudan, "criminals" in their home country -- their faces protected from the camera lens by photos of Ahmed himself.

Extending the "October scope" of the Nordic Month this year, rainbow history events organized by the national LGBT organization SETA in Finland are extended for an entire month from October 20 to November 20.  Vilnius has postponed its annual event to mid-November and Riga is postponing its events until February.

The Month started for the third time in a row in the northern Swedish city of Umeå, moved on to the Estonian cities of Tallinn and Rakvere -- with the nation's 2nd LGBT film festival, then to Södertälje close to the Swedish capital  -- with its first-ever LGBT film festival -- and then Stockholm itself - including the 2nd Bears International Culture Festival..

More information:  facebooks   ILGCN website: www.ilgcn.tupilak.org     bill@tupilak.org
Viking-age same-sex golden emblems

Sunday, October 28, 2018

STOCKHOLM STAGE OF 3rd NORDIC RAINBOW HISTORY & CULTURE MONTH ENDS

  Stockholm --  Presentations, performances, music, song, art, photography and film screenings were part of the 5 days -- October 15-18 and 23  -- of the Stockholm stage of  3rd Nordic Rainbow History & Culture Month - October, 2018 going through Nordic cities and towns on both sides of the Baltic Sea.

   At the presentations, Australian  Ambassador  Jonathon Kenna described the advances of LGBT rights in his country, including the recent referendum and law reform legalizing same-sex marriages. He also commented on Australia's decisions to grant asylum to LGBT people persecuted in their home countries because of their sexual orientation.

   The Canadian Embassy's political counselor, Eric Petersson, spoke about the LGBT struggle in his country and presented a detailed written report of the history of LGBT culture workers -- both native Canadians and immigrants -- in the fields of art, sculpture, music, literature and film making -- adding that "queer artists have played an integral role in the movement for LGBT rights in Canada and continue to challenge not only homophobia but also colonialism, rascism and sexism." 

    Veteran Austrian activist Kurt Krickler related Austria's slow, years-long process for each stage of progress in LGBT history. He also described Austria's historic, pioneering co-operation with Eastern Europe helping bring these newly-established LGBT groups into the international forum.

     Sidnimax,  a gay refugee from Belarus, commented on the increasinly tough homophobic regime in this the last dictatorhip of Eastern Europe  while Sweden's Anna-Maria Sörberg, author/journalist commenting on the role of LGBT journalism and the fears that nationalism and populism could use the LGBT movement for undemocratic gains.

     Swedish gay policeman Göran Stanton described the history of the Swedish Gay Police -- which he founded -- and international contacts with police in other countries, plus his continuing work on hate crimes. He added that his next gay police conference will be in Vilnius this November with Lithuanian policemen.

    Fecundo Ortiz of the Argentine Embassy spoke about the progress made in the LGBT struggle in his country, including the success of achieving Argentina's  same-sex marriage law -- which he described as being the "most liberal and inclusive in the world."

   Victor Adeniran, artist/dancer and new ILGCN cultural ambassador from Colorado, USA, commented on his colorful art work often including black Americans and native Americans as well as his support for the ILGCN.  He also participated in the Stockholm session's LGBT art exhibit at the Gallery Mellanrum in a near-by Stockholm suburb.

      John Earhart, head of the Bamses Norweign Bears, commented on the growing importance and visibility of Bear culture and co-operation and exchange with Russia and Ukraine -- part of the 2nd Bears International 4-day Festival included in the 3rd Nordic Month -- and concentrating on Bear culture and co-operation with Eastern Europe.  Written Bear messages of Bear solidarity  from MoscowMinsk,Tallinn and Kiev were read aloud.

   Eira Järverot of Stockholm's Revolutionary Pride called for future co-operation with Tupilak, the ILGCN and Nordic Rainbow History & Culture Months.  She added: "We want very much to collaborate on non-commercial Prides and other LGBT cultural events, and have a fine, multi-storied  building, Cyklopen, in a near-by suburb for performances, film screenings and discussions!"

                                                  Invitation from Budapest

    The ILGCN co-secretariat for Eastern Europe in Budapest also sent greetings to the Stockholm stage, emphasizing that the homophobic and anti-immigrant regime in Hungary is increasing its threats against human rights and the LGBT community.  They added that they hope that future ILGCN and Bear cultural festivals will soon come to Budapest.

     Another message of support came from Eddy Kalyanga, ILGCN's "Uganda ambassador in exile" living in northern Sweden but still working with  political support and handicraft cultural fundraising for his organizaation, RADO (Rainbow and Diversity Organistion Uganda).  He also aimed sharp criticism at Swedish and other embassies abroad refusing to grant visas to Ugandan LGBT activists and culture workers to come to such events at the 3rd Nordic Month.

   Rolf Solheim, Norwegian LGBT activist and veteran of the Norwegian Humanists described his nation's history and progress in the LGBT struggle and the pioneering support of the international Humanist movement for LGBT rights around the world. 

   Ulf Andersson, editor in chief of Amnesty Press - Sweden, described the LGBT situation in many countries such as the worsening situation in some parts of Africa and the former Soviet Union and the recent success of India's supreme court finally ripping up the colonial, British-instituted ban on homosexuality.  He also reiterated his determination to continue to give ample coverage of LGBT issues in his publication.

    Songs and music were provided by Sweden's Elise JohanssonPeter "Xeller8" FröbergJan Hammarlund. Poetry of Tommy Åberg, Sweden and, international LGBT poetry from Iran, Greece, Finland, France, China, Spain, USA and the U.K..
Art and photography was displayed from the ILGCN/Tupilak international exhibition with works from over 50 countries.

   Films screened included  "LGBT Monuments" by Swedish/Austrian Willi Reichhold who has been adding new photos of the growing number of such monuments around the world,"  "Narcissus" -- a ballet film by award-winning, gay Canadian director, Normal Mclaren and "Frans & Hans" with music and song by Jan Hammarlund and actor Robert Fux and drawings by Bitte Andersson about two Swedish gay lovers of the turn of last century, imprisoned for their homosexuality.

     Retired Swedish journalist Hans Nordh emphasized the importance of weekly social get-togethers for elderly Swedish gays.   Swedish travel agent Henrik Husgafvel described the strong relationships between LGBT sports and culture -- especially at international LGBT events such as the Gay Games. 

    Bill Schiller of the ILGCN Information Secretariat - Stockholm asked why the Nordic region has no approved LGBT monuments except for the ILGCN/Tupilak "peoples´monument" made out of stones on the Swedish Baltic island of Gotland.  He also spoke of the power of LGBT history and culture vs. homophobia, silence and invisibility.
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  The 3rd Nordic Month started for the third time in Umeå in the far north of Sweden, continuing to Tallinn and Rakvere in Estonia, Södertälje in Sweden and Bergen in Norway.   After Stockholm, the 3rd Nordic Month continues to Helsinki (October 15-November 15) , Espo and Turku, and Oslo on October 30.  Vilnius will be in November, and Riga in February, 2019.
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More information from the ILGCN Information  Secretariat   (face book, www.ilgcn.tupilak.org)   bill@tupilak.org

Photos:    Festheart film festival organizers in Estonia.  Victor Adeniran at Gallery Mellanrum, Stockholm