Monday, May 15, 2017

KIEV: A special salute to the Ukrainian Bears for organizing Bear events during the Eurovision Song competition May 12-14 in the Ukrainian capital - a great show of Bear visibility, identity and determination of being "part of the whole." A pioneering event for more "Bears on the Barricades" at future events..? For those of us who can't be there in person, we are with you in Bear spirit!

STOCKHOLM: The ILGCN Information Secretariat in the Swedish capital will join Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers),

Bears International, Nordic Rainbow Humanists and others for the Wednesday, May 17 IDAHOT Day (international day against homophobia and transphobia) ceremonies -- with presentations, art, films, music poetry and with special salutes to colleagues in the homophobic dictatorships of Chechnya and Belarus. Old Town Secret Garden pub 19.00.

WESTPRIDE - GOTHENBURG: Bears International will have a seminar "Bears on the Barricades" in this Swedish west coast city on Friday June 9 (13:00).

ILGCN and Tupilak seminars on "Nordic co-operation with Eastern Europe" on June 7,on "LGBT Culture" on the 8th and on "Rainbow History" on the 9th.

BUDAPEST: Bears International will have a seminar "Bears on the Barricades" at the ILGCN's Rainbow Culture Conference

2017 in the Hungarian capital on 3-4 July -- part of Budapest Pride.

The program will include other seminars, poetry, art work, films, music and song, also including European Rainbow Humanists and the anti-facsist movement. (Detailed program coming.)

TALLINN: Bears International, ILGCN and Tupilak plan to participate in the annual, rotating Baltic Pride this time taking place in the Estonian capital, July 6-9. (Details coming,)

2ND NORDIC HISTORY RAINBOW HISTORY & ART MONTH -- October, 2017: Bears International will join with the ILGCN, Tupilak, Nordic Rainbow Humanists and others in the 13 Nordic cities -- on both sides of the Baltic Sea --.participating in this year's Nordic LGBT history and culture month.

Both Nordic and Bears outside the Nordic zone are welcome to Bear discussions in

Umeå -- October 1st (part of Umeå Pride), Stockholm -- October 3, Tallinn -- October 4-5, Rakvere, Estonia -- October 6-8 (Heartfest LGBT film festival),Stockholm -- October 10-12, Södertälje -- October 13-14 (Konsthall) (Tupilak art exhibition weeks 41 & 42!), Gothenburg --

October 15-16, Lund -- October 18-19, Malmö -- October 21-22, Reykjavik -- October 24, Vilnius -- October 25-26, Copenhagen -- October 28-29,

Helsinki -- October 30-31 (along side Nordic Council meeting), Åbo/Turku -- November 1 (monthly review).

BEARS INTERNATIONAL ART & PHOTO TRAVELLING EXHIBITION -- now in production with 95 cm x 65 cm works of the 5 (so far) winners of the Bears International art 2016 and 2017 diploma awards.

Want this in your future Bear event...? 

Candidates wanted for the 2018 award winners!


Bill Schiller
(in Stockholm for the
Nordic region, West)

Andy Karmarenko
(in Kiev for the East)

Thomas Ifström
(for German-speaking nations)

Russian Bears: Vladimir Bob Lysenko (left) Moscow, Aleksei Grach, St. Petersburg

Waiting for you in Kiev

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ILGCN CALLING -- April 25, 2017 

    At this year's Bearty-Tallinn meeting with Bears coming from Ukraine, Russia, Finland,  Hungary, Britain, USA, Sweden
 and Iceland joining Estonian colleagues.  During the weekend event April 21-23, Bears also joined with local LGBT activists
at a demonstration in front of the Russian Embassy, demanding the end of persecution, imprisonment and murders of gays
in Chechnya.

       The Bearty-Tallinn event this time focused on Bear musicians and DJ's and discussions of Bear culture.  At the event, 
Tupilak's (Nordic rainbow culture workers) "Thor's Hammer" award diploma was handed over to Frosti Jonsson, Icelandic
 activist and organizer of the annual "Bears on Ice" event in Reykjavik. The Bears International's "Bears Art Award" diplomas
 were handed over to Canadian/British Bear artists Mike Wyeld and Charlie Hunter.  
       Performing at an enthusiastically-applauded concert during the event, American singer and song writer Matt Alber of Portland,
 Oregon has been appointed the latest ILGCN culture ambassador  -- this time for the United States,  sharing the diplomatic
 position with American artist and film maker, Erica Eaton of New York. 

The ILGCN Information Secretariat in the Swedish capital will join with TupilakBears International, Nordic Rainbow
Humanists and others for the Wednesday, May 17 IDAHOT Day ceremonies --  with presentations, art, films, poetry and with 
special salutes to colleagues in the homophobic dictatorships of Chechnya and Belarus.

This will take place at the Old Town Secret Garden pub at 19.00.


 ILGCNTupilak and Bears International seminars are now scheduled for ) Wednesday, June 7 (14.00) on Nordic 
co-operation with Eastern EuropeThursday, June 8 (12:30) on LGBT cultureFriday June 9 (13:00) on "Bears on 
the Barricades" and on rainbow history (16:00)

ILGCN's Rainbow Culture Conference 2017 will take place in the Hungarian capital on 3-4 July -- part of Budapest Pride.
Seminars, poetry, art work, films, music and song.  (Detailed program coming.)

ILGCNTupilakBears International  plan to participate in the annual, rotating Baltic Pride  this time taking place in the
 Estonian capital, July 6-9. (Details coming,)

New cities are joining the 12 Nordic cities already making plans for this year's Nordic LGBT history and culture month.  The
 latest are Reykjavik, Iceland and Åbo/Turku, Finland joining colleagues in StockholmSödertäljeUmeåLundTallinn,
Rakvere (Estonia)VilniusHelsinki etc.  

(Program details coming.)
Frosti Jonsson

Matt Alber (photo by Vladimir Lysenko)

Mike Weyeld and Charlie Hunter

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: