Wednesday, July 4, 2018

ILGCN Co-ordinators 2018

Belarus

Slava Bortnik -- amnesty@tut.by
Vladik  of Minsk -- photoladd@rambler.ru
Slava Bortnik
Slava Bortnik







Bosnia-Herzogivina

Svetlana Dirkovic boje@yahoo.com
Vanja Hamzic v.c.hamzic@abraham.ba

Bulgaria

Monika Pisankaneva info@queer_bulgaria.org

Canada

Paul Lee ganymed@interlog.com
Arsham Parsi (Iranians in Exile) info@arshampasi.net

Croatia

Zvonimir Dobrovic zvonimir@queerzagreb.org

Denmark

Birthe Havmoeller havmoeller@gmail.com
Birthe Havmoeller.jpg
Birthe Havmöller






Iran in Exile:

Arsham Parsi (Toronto) hrc@pglo.net
Arsham Parsi
Arsham Parsi






Italy

Renato Sabbadini esteri@arcigay.it

Japan

Eri Chimoto chimomo@silk.plala.or.jp

Latvia

Armins Ozolins kraft@one.lv
Andrejs Visockis andrejs.visockis@gmail.com

Lithuania
Arvydas Vogilis, translator avo@takas.lt

Macedonia

Ninoslav Mladenovic ninoslav.mladenovic@osce.org

Netherlands

Rod Evan info@aputheatre.com

Norway

Rolf Solheim solheim@human.no

Philippines

Angie Umbac

Poland

Pawel Leskowicz pleszkowicz@yahoo.com
Marchin Omietana (Krakow) marcin.smietana@interia.pl


Pawel Lskowicz


Portugal

Celsio Junior ilga-portugal@ilga.or

Romania

Accept adico@fx.ro
Octav Popescu popescu_octav@yahoo.com

Russia

Alexander Kukharsky (Petersburg) alex.kukharsky@mail.ru
Nicolas Alexeyev --  (Moscow) nicolas_alexeyev@yahoo.com

Nicolas Alexeyev
Nicolas Alexeyev






Serbia

Dusan Maljkjovic camp@beotel.yu
Bobo Stojanovic bobanqueeria@gmail.com
Dusan Maljkjovic
Dusan Maljkjovic






Slovenia

Igor Spanjol Igor.Spanjol@mg-lj.si

Sweden

Bill Schiller bill@tupilak.org
Arsham Parsi
Bill Schiller






Turkey

Ismail Alacagoglu ismail@kaosgl.org

Ukraine

Andrij Maymulakhin ourworld@gay.org.ua

United Kingdom

Ian Stewart istewart@alumni.sfu.ca 

USA

Robin Tyler robintyler@aol.com

Dennis L. Brown dbrown@snafu.de

LGCN Cultural Ambassadors 2018


Australia
Robert La Bua - journalist (Sydney) Australiarobertlabua@journalist.com


Robert La Bua

Austria
Peter Jobst - film and theatre lecturer (Salzburg)

Belarus
Alexander Plisecky - cabaret performer (Minsk)
Vladik - photographer (Minsk)

Bosnia-Herzogivina
Vanja Hamzic - artist (Sarejevo)

Brazil
Raimundo Pereira - singer (Rio de Janeiro)

Bulgaria
Shaban Darakchi shaban.darakchiev@gmail.com

Cambodia
Vnna Hem, film maker

Canada
Paul Lee - film director (Toronto)
Michael Gfroerer (Toronto) musician/composer michaelgfroerer@yahoo.caKloi Picot photographer (facebook)

Denmark
Anja Tollan - photographer (Copenhagen)Birthe Havmoeller -- Photographer / "Femine Moments" archiveshavmoeller@gmail.com


Birthe Havmöller

Estonia
Erkki Otsman -- cabaret singer (Tallinn)Keio Sommelt -- Film festival organizer (Rakvere)

Finland
ERI Dance Company (Turku) 


Tiina Lindfors

France
Vladimir Kara - artist (Paris)

Greece
Christiana Lambrinidis - theater director (Athens) rdornt@otenet.gr

Hungary
Tomas Lovas - Hungarian Trio, bass
Karoly Varga - Hungarian Trio, flute
Sandor Fehér - Hungarian Trio, singer

Iceland
Hördur Torfason - singer, musician (Reykjavik)

Iran in exile:
Arsham Parsi (Toronto) hrc@pglo.neti nfo@arshampasi.net


Arsham Parsi

Italy
Carlo Beltrami - actor, performer, poet beltramic@hotmail.comFrancesco Brunetti -- artist


Carlo Beltrami

Japan
Koichi Imaizumi -- film maker

Latvia
Armins Ozolins - video artist, painter (Riga) kraft@one.lv

Macedonia
Ninoslav Mladenovic ninoslav.mladenovic@osce.org

Moldavia
Iurie Matei of Genderdoc - artist (Chisenau)

Netherlands
APU Theater Company (Amsterdam) info@aputheatre.com

Norway
Oyvind Rauset - musician, artist (Oslo)

Philippines
John Ryan Mendoza -- journalist

Poland
Marcin Omietana (Krakow)
Oga Chajdas - film director (Poland)
Pawel Leszkowitz -- author, art curator

Portugal
Celsio Junior - artist (Lisbon) ilga-portugal@ilga.or

Romania
Octav Popescu -- human rights worker

Russia
Victor Kuznetsov, Oleg Maslov - artists (Petersburg)

Serbia
Jovana Dimitrijevic c/o bobanqueeria@gmail.com

Slovenia
Igor Spanjol Igor.Spanjol@mg-lj.si

Spain
Isaías Fanlo - journalist, writer (Barcelona) isaiasfanlo@hotmail.com


Isaias Fanlo

Sweden
Bitte Andersson -- film maker, cartoonish
Willi Reichhold - photographer (Stockholm)

Turkey
Ismail Alacagoglu ismail@kaosgl.org

U.K.
Steven Hornby -- film maker s.hornby@edu.saford.ac.uk

Ukraine
Edward Sen - singer (Kiev)

USA
Erica Eaton - video film artist (New York)
Robin Tyler - comedian (California) robintyler@aol.comP J Raval - film maker

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Note: Some ILGCN cultural ambassadors are also functioning
as ILGCN co-ordinators and may be on both lists.

Saturday, June 16, 2018






BEARS INTERNATIONAL CALLING -- JUNE, 2018

This year's Bears International Art Diplomas honour Bear artists in Russia, Spain and Australia:

This year's award diplomas go to photographer/Bear activist Vladimir Bob Lysenko of Moscow, Russia, Venezuelan-born artist, Juan Antino, resident of Madrid, Spain and Albert Koomen ("Bear in the Bedroom" film) of Melbourne, Australia. 

The winners are invited to submit a photo/sketch/film poster of their work for the growing "travelling" international exhibition of Bears International award winners over the years. (previous award winners are from France, Spain, U.K., Canada).

The exhibition is available for Bear events wishing to add a focus on award-winning Bear art
and photography at their events.

Alas, the diplomas include no monetary renummeration but are awarded with golden appreciation for work well done and for the confirmation that Bears are indeed important contributors to LGBT culture. The diiplomas are also not sent in the snail-mail but are to be handed out in pe
rson at some appropriate time and place.)

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Bears International plans on joining August 9 -12, 2018 events in Helsinki, Tallinn, Stockholm, etc. to mark the 1st International Day of Rainbow Culture.

The 9th is the birthday of Finnish/Swedish author/painter and former Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers) member, Tove Jansson. More information coming.
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Bears International plans on joining events in the Nordic area for the 3rd Nordic Rainbow Culture & History Month -- October, 2018. More information coming.
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Bears International supports the creation of Tupilak/ILGCN rainbow culture pods. Now in preparation.

  



Friday, March 30, 2018

ILGCN CALLING -- APRIL, 2018

Liverpool -- ILGCN's "Wings 2018" award (for outstanding contributions with films to LGBT culture) ceremony  to Stephen "Unchechen" Hornby, UK -- at LGBT History Month- UK conference, March 16-18 (press release coming).

Riga -- ILGCN/Bears International participation in Baltic Pride- Riga - March 3-June 10.

Stockholm -- ILGCN/Tupilak event for March 21 UN Day against Rasicsm & Fascism/United's European Week against Rascism & Fascism -- (press release coming).

Södertälje --  ILGCN participating in Tupilak Art Exhibit - Södertälje City Hall April 9-29 (vernissage April 9) 

Tallinn -- ILGCN/Bears International participating in Bearty-Tallinn international Bear culture meeting  April  20-22

Budapest -- ILGCN Rainbow Culture Conference - May 8,9 (press release coming) (With Nordic & European Rainbow Humanists, anti-fascist movement)

Riga -- ILGCN participating in Belarus Journalists for Tolerance conference - June 9  (press release coming)

Stockholm -- ILGCN participating in EuroPride-Stockholm - July 27-August 5

World-wide -- ILGCN-declared "1st International Day of Rainbow Culture" - August 9 (birthday of Finnish-Swedish writer/painter Tove Jansson of "Moomin" fame) -- salutes planned in over 30 countries so far, from Canada to Finland to Uganda. (2nd press release coming).

Gothenburg -- ILGCN participating in EuroPride-Gothenburg - August 14-20

16 Nordic cities -- 3rd Nordic Rainbow History & Culture Month - October, 2018  (2nd press release coming)

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Proposals:

ILGCN's "Orfeo Musica 2018" to veteran British singer/song writer, Tom ("Sing if Yoúre Glad to be Gay!") RobinsonUK.

ILGCN's "Orfeo Iris 2018" (for research and information work on Nazi and neo Nazi persecution of LGBT people) to Professor Rainer U W Schulze(editor of "The Holocaust in History and Memory") of University of EssexU.K.

ILGCN's "Rainbow Warriors 2018" -- Simon Gärdenfors and Frej Larsson,Sweden (sued unsuccessfully by Russia for creating a musical gay club on Russian property on Finland's Åland Islands -- previously part of the Czar's empire)
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Other award proposals...?  Other information for the next ILGCN web publication, "Erato"...?

Get back to me!

Hugs,    

Bill Schiller of the ILGCN Information Secretariat-Stockholm  

    www.ilgcn.tupilak.org   Facebok: "ILGCN," "Bill Schiller"

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

1st INTERNATIONAL DAY of RAINBOW CULTURE -- August 9, 2018
Stockholm -- LGBT organizations, individuals and supporters in a number of countries -- from Canada to Estonia, Finland to Romania, USA to Norway, Sweden to Spain -- will celerate the 1st INTERNATIONAL DAY OF RAINBOW CULTURE - August 9, 2018 -- a day launched by the ILGCN (international rainbow culture network), Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers) and Bears International.

Some are expecetd to honor the event with a simple "skål" (a Swedish "bottoms-up" toast) with a glass of wine on or around the day -- while others will arrange programs of poetry, music, song, art, photography and films.

The date of August 9 has been chosen as it is the birthday of Finnish-Swedish author/painter Tove Jansson of "Moomintroll" fame -- a mega figure in the Nordic region and even beyond. She was a highly respected cultural personality who "came out" late in life (Finland has traditionally been a rather macho, difficult place for LGBT people) but who gladly received a Tupilak award diploma, became a member of Tupilak, and was publically proud of her 40-year partnership with artist/ teacher/author Tuuliki Pietiläa (a relationship often "overlooked" in many books and plays and films about Tove and her work, even today!)

"The aim is to salute rainbow cultural workers of the past -- from Sappho to Pyotr Ilyich, to Oscar to Hans Christian, to Tove to Magnus, to Christopher to Tom of Finland -- and salute those of the present day -- those creating rainbow culture reflecting the lives and identity of lesbians, gays, trans, bi, interex, Bears, the differently-abled, the HIV positives/negatives, the young and the elderly and friends," says Bill Schiller of the ILGCN, Tupilak and Bears International.
Helsinki, Tallinn, Södertälje, Stockholm, Gothenburg

In the Nordic zone, we plan to celebrate August 9 in the Finnish capital -- since Tove and Tuuliki were Finnish -- with discussions, Tove's literary quotations, films, art and music, then move over the Baltic waters to the Estonian capital of Tallinn on the 10th, to Södertälje, Sweden on the 11th, Stockholm on the 12th and to Gothenburg on the 14th (helping inaugurate the EuroPride 2018 stage in this Swedish west coast city).

"Please let us know if YOU or YOUR ORGANIZATION plan any kind of "birthday celebration" on or around August 9," Schiller adds. "Photos and reports of your events are very welcome for ILGCN's web publication, 'Erato.' Beautiful quotations and poetry from Tove Jansson, films, art and photos are available on the internet!"

www.ilgcn.tupilak.org www.tupilak.org Facebook: "ILGCN" "Tupilak" "Bill Schiller"

Photos: Tove Jansson. Tove and Tuulikki on their island home, "Moomin"




Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The ILGCN declares August 9 as the 

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF LGBT CULTURE 

The day honors those courageous LGBT culture workers combating homophobia and intolerance over the ages, every day today and in the future.

It also marks the 1914 birthday of Swedish-Finnish writer/artist Tove Jansson -- creator of Mumintroll and his colleagues -- and honors her 40-year long relationship with her woman, art/historian Tuulikki Pietiläa. Tove was a proud member and award winner of Tupilak - Nordic rainbow culture workers.

The idea has been inspired by the Romanian Culture Institute in Stockholm celebrating Romanian Culture Day!

Tove Jansson
Moomintroll



Friday, December 29, 2017

BEAR AWARDS AT ILGCN/TUPILAK EVENT IN STOCKHOLM

    Stockholm -- At this the year's last Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers) and ILGCN (international rainbow culture network) Information Secretariat - Stockholm in the Swedish capital on December 16, a number of Bear award diplomas were handed out and announced.

        The ILGCN Rainbow Warrior 2017 was shared by Finnish dancers and choreographers of the prize-winning ERI dance theater of the city of Turku/Åbo  and the Helsinki Gay Theater -- strongly supported by Finnish Bears -- and celebrating its 10th anniversary. At the Stockholm event,  Joachim of the Nordic Bears-Sweden described the prize award ceremony which took place recently for the theater crew at the Bear Park Café in the Finnish capital.

    The ILGCN's "Arco Nordica 2017" for outstanding work in the Nordic zone is shared by the Icelandic Bears"Bears on Ice" -- an internatonal social and cultural event every September started in 2005 -- and Iceland's national LGBT organization Samtökin ´78.

                                                              BEARS INTERNATIONAL AWARDS IN 2018

    Meanwhile, Bears International's Stockholm office is eager to receive nominations for the annual Bears International culture diplomas for 2018. The plan is to announce the winners and hand over diplomas at the Bearty-Tallinn event in the Estonian capital in April.   Like Tupilak and ILGCN awards, Bears International awards do not contain any financial contribution but are given with golden appreciation for work well done
Photos:   Bears on Ice, Helsinki Gay Theater