NORDIC RAINBOW COUNCIL ( Formerly Nordic Homo Council)
Member of ILGCN (International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network )
Member of ILGA (International Lesbian & Gay Association)
Co-operating across Nordic borders & beyond - Sweden, Denmark,
Norway, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania
PRESS RELEASE September 25, 2006
"International Square" Solidarity with Eastern Europeans,
Immigrants & Refugees:
1st NORDIC RAINBOWS at GOTHENBURG BOOK FAIR
Gothenburg - The first rainbow flags were raised September 21-23,
2006 at the "International Square" - the largest section of the
giant Gothenburg Book Fair in this Swedish west coast city - at a
colorful stand displaying art work, photography, poems, literature and
publications - and including humor-filled, erotic poetry readings and
"Nordic rainbow cultural co-operation and solidarity with
colleagues in Eastern Europe under the title of 'Rainbows in Chains
and under Siege' -- and sharing Nordic rainbows with immigrants and
refugees were the themes of the our stage presentations and in the
information provided at our stand," says Bill Schiller of the Nordic
Thanks to co-operation with RFSU (the Swedish sexual information
federation), the stage presentation on Eastern European barricades
included lawyer Evita Gosa of the Latvian rainbow organization, Mozaika
and Anna Kirey of the LGBT organization LABRYS of Kyrgyzstan.
"Freedom of Expression," Sweden's 'Multi-Cultural Year'
"With the city of Riga banning the Pride Parade again this
year and even worse violent homophobic attacks on Pride events there,
the visible presence of Latvia was especially important to illustrate
the Gothenburg fair's theme this year: "Freedom of Expression,"
The stage presentation on immigrants and refugees in the Nordic
area included Ardeshir Bibakabadi of Homan, (Persian-speaking and other
rainbow immigrants) - helping underline the reality that despite
dedicating this year as Sweden's "multi-cultural year," many
rainbow immigrants are often left in the shadows of the Nordic rainbows
celebrated by the native-born.
"There was great interest in our rainbow stand where we
re-discovered old members and recruited new ones, and established
working contact with several other International Square colleagues for
future co-operation," Schiller adds. "We hope to increase the
number of rainbow organizations working together with us next year at
this the biggest annual cultural event in the Nordic region."
Co-hosts of the 2006 stand included Tupilak, (Nordic
organization of rainbow cultural workers), Nordic Rainbow Humanists and
the Stockholm Information Secretariat of the ILGCN (International
Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network). Tupilak's annual "Loke's Sisters'
Award for cultural projects outside of the capital helped make the
rainbow stand a reality.
New Name for 'Nordic Rainbow Council'
On the sidelines of the Gothenburg event, the annual session of
the Nordic Homo Council (see separate press release) discussed ongoing
and future Nordic co-operation in the Nordic region and in Eastern
Europe and approved a proposal to change the name of the Council to the
'Nordic Rainbow Council' to be more inclusive and up-to-date. The
change is to be communicated to the ILGA where the Council is a member.
At the International Square, over 60 exhibitors work with
international issues and development co-operation: NGO's, publishers,
businesses and agencies with a program including Swedish and foreign
guests, performances, debates and images.
The Square also hosts a number of stands and exhibits where the
participating organizations offer information and activities; present
pedagogical tools and travelling tips; sell books and arrange meetings
and book signings with authors and other guests. The middle of the
Square features a big book stand with books from all over the world.
The Square has been a part of the International Book Fair in
Gothenburg since 2000.
TUPILAK - Nordic Rainbow Cultural Workers
ILGCN Information Secretariat- Stockholm
NORDIC RAINBOW HUMANISTS