Tuesday, December 21, 2010

ERATO August 2010

ERATO— about rainbow cultural workers & friends

ILGCN (International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network) Information Secretariat

www.ilgcn.tupilak. org Stockholm August, 2010


2011 World Conference sites: Istanbul April 26-30/Ankara May 5-6, and Crimea, Ukraine August 26 to September 3rd:

Warsaw Hosts ILGCN World Conference

Warsaw – The 2010 ILGCN world conference/festival took place July 16-18 with seminars, performances, film screenings and art/photo exhibitions at the gay club Fantom and culture club Rasko – as well as participating in other alternative Europride events, the Rosa Rose European LGBT conference and with an ILGCN float in the Europride parade.

“We were proud to have the ILGCN back again in the Polish capital exactly 10 years after the world conference event here,” says ILGCN co-ordinator, Slawek Starosta.

“It’s very important for us to be at such events to help Nordic Award to Polish Social Democratic

break the isolation of our colleagues back tin Belarus and Party President Wojciech Filemonowicz (right) to make new contacts with (Continued on page 2) (photo by Slava Bornik)


ILGCN Seminars, Art in Swedish cities

Stockholm – The ILGCN Information Secretariat and allies have been hosting seminars on rainbow culture and international solidarity at a number of Swedish events during the year -- including the LGBT Festival in the west coast city of Gothenburg, the Rainbow Festival in the city of Eskilstuna west of Stockholm, at Stockholm Pride at the end of August and a “Congratulations Cabaret Salute to Warsaw’s Europride” event in early August also in the Swedish capital.

The seminars were complemented with Nordic rainbow music, films and art and photography from the ILGCN and the Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural workers) Sweden’s Peter Fröberg travelling exhibit – including new contributors from Belarus and Cuba. at Stockholm’s Warsaw Salute (Continued on page 3)


2nd Rainbow Cultural Festival in St. Petersburg Lives on

Russian International Queer Culture Festival

St. Petersburg -- September 16-25 of this year, the International Festival of Queer Culture is coming to St. Petersburg, Russia for the second time. This is a non-commercial project whose goal is to promote tolerance and diversity and to attract society’s attention to the problems of homophobia and transphobia in Russia through the language of art. (Continued on page 2)

Warsaw Conference…

Budapest Trio – among performers in Warsaw

(Continued from page 1) with other LGBT activists

” says Slava Bortnik, ILGCN co-ordinator of Belarus.

“Together with the Belarus delegates here in Warsaw, we have planned a near-future ILGCN event in Minsk to help break isolation of the LGBT community in this the last dictatorship in Eastern Europe,” says Lukasz Palucki, secretary general of the ILGCN Eastern Europe Secretariat-Warsaw.

“We were very happy to play our music both for the ILGCN event and for the Rosa Rose meeting,” says Thomas Lovas , ILGCN Hungarian cultural ambassador along with the other members of the classic Trio music group.

“It was good to join in ILGCN events after our Berlin and Stockholm conferences,” adds Jessica Jayne Maertin, ILGCN cultural ambassador from the Czech Republic, who described the cultural scene at her adopted home country and got both ILGCN participants and others involved in folk dancing.

“Because of the Icelandic volcanic cloud disrupting air traffic in May, we decided to postpone this year’s planned conference stage in Istanbul/Ankara to May next year and for personnel reasons, the same with the planned conference stage in Crimea, Ukraine until May 1-4, 2011,” explains Bill Schiller, secretary general of the ILGCN Information Secretariat-Stockholm. The Warsaw gathering also approved new ILGCN cultural ambassadors from Belarus, Canada, Turkey, Israel and Nigeria.

Bifrost Awards to Pole, Swede for LGBT Support

At the conference, Bill Schiller of the ILGCN and chairman of Tupilak (the Nordic rainbow cultural workers) handed out Tupilak’s 2010 “Bifrost” award honoring heterosexual support of the LGBT rights struggle to Wojciech Filemonowicz, chairman of SDPL (Socjaldemokracja Polska - Social Democratic Party of Poland.) for the strong support of the LGBT community in Poland. Sharing this year’s award is Sweden’s Thomas Hammarberg, human rights commissioner of the Council of Europe, who is to receive his award diploma in person at a later date.


Russian International Culture Festival…

(Continued from page 1) Queer Culture Festival is one of the largest openly queer events in Russia.

Last year, it attracted over 3000 people and went on without any obstacles from the Russian authorities, right extremist groups, or any other interruptions. This year, the organizers hope to attract even more attention, peacefully and lawfully, to the issues that affect LGBT people.

“We think the Festival is positive and valuable experience for all of St. Petersburg and Russia. Our goal is to make it happen. If it’s not allowed to proceed, it would be a loss for the city. Our message is that of tolerance and respect for human rights and each other - that should not be too scary,” says Polina Savchenko, the Festival coordinator. “When a question if I wanted to participate in the Festival came up, there was no hesitation. I definitely said yes directly,” says Jay-Jay Johanson, popular Swedish musician and guest star of the Festival. “I wish the Festival good luck and I hope their voice will be heard all over the world.”

The organizer of the Festival is the St. Petersburg LGBT organization Coming Out http://piter.lgbtnet.ru ) with the support by the Swedish human rights organization Civil Rights Defenders (http://www.civilrightsdefenders.org). The festival’s program on the website: http://queerfest.ru/?lang=en

Fights and riots in western Ukranian City

1st Anthology of LGBT Literature in Lviv

A report on the turmoil over LGBT literature in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv has reached the ILGCN Information Secretariat which we transmit to our supporters:

Lviv – In the Les Kurbas Theater in Lviv, during a literature marathon and poetry readings from the anthology of gay/lesbian literature "120 Pages of Sodom," --the first anthology of LGBT poetry and prose in Ukraine-- a large confrontation, accompanied by an equally large skirmish, took place: opponents of LGBT themes in literature "misunderstood the humor" of the publishers, and disrupted the event, which, incidentally, was a part of the larger Ukrainian Publishers Forum. The police cleared up the incident, but not without it resulting in the injury of a photo journalist from the internet publication ZIK.

120 Pages of Sodom was printed by publishing house "Kritika" (Criticism). Works by 30 different authors hailing from 15 countries from around the world were included in the anthology. Writerings from Ukraine, Russia, Belorussia, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Uzbekistan, Germany, Austria, Scotland, Spain, Greece, Switzerland and USA were represented. All materials for the project have been translated for the first time into Ukrainian.

Creating a Ukrainian edition of the anthology was the brainchild of three young poets: Irina Shuvalova, Albina Pozdnyakova and Olesya Barloga. The organizers of the literature marathon and the compilers of the anthology were certain that the realization of this project would help increase tolerance of Ukrainians toward the LGBT population and also help promote new creative relationships between Ukrainian and foreign writers.

ILGCN Seminars, Art in Swedish cities….

(Continued from page 1) Still planned for this year: participation in Umeå Pride in this northern Swedish city September 3-5, Uppsala Pride November 4-7 in this university city just north of Stockholm and the three-day salute to colleagues in Belarus and those in exile in Sweden and elsewhere in the “Culture as Opposition” focusing on the human rights struggle in this the last dictatorship in Eastern Europe in Stockholm on October 31, November 7 and November 14.

Joining in the ILGCN and Tupilak events were also the Nordic Rainbow Council, Nordic Rainbow Humanists, the Nordic Rainbow Council and the Nordic-Belarus-Russian-Estonian-Latvian-Lithuanian-Polish Network aiming at increasing rainbow cultural and all other ties between LGBT organizations in the region – an extension of the ILGCN-prize winning “Swedish-Pol-Balt Network” which so far does not include Russia or Belarus or other organizations and individuals in the Nordic neighbors of Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Finland.

Tupilak & ILGCN Travelling Art & Photo Exhibit Next stops: Warsaw, Stockholm, Uppsala

Willi Reichhold Timo Saarelma, Gudrun Stockinge, Andrius Privetas,

Sweden Finland Austria Lithuania

More Rainbow Films at Berlinale 2010

(a continuation of the report in the last Erato)

AMPHETAMINE – a not unusual love story between two Chinese men from Hong Kong, one of whom is rich and regards himself as hetero – and the other gay, but having just parted from his girl-friend desperately seeks love. The director, Scud, dedicated the film about sex, drugs, and love to all those who “live to love, but only end up losing the love of their lives.”

MINE VAGANTI (Loose Cannons) is not a rabble rousing feature film but depicts, with gentle humour, the history of an Italian family suddenly confronted with homosexuality in their midst. The family are owners of a pasta factory. Tomaso, who lives with his friend in Rome, returns to the family fold to tell them the “facts of his life” – only to beaten at the post by his older brother, Antonio – who was supposed to take over the running of the factory! The film carries the name of Loose Cannon because this is the nickname of the grandmother – who is said to talk too much.

VESELCHARKI – is a reportedly the first film „out of“ Russia which deals with the lives of men who earn their livings as drag-queens in nightclubs. The film shows the five men with different characters and backgrounds at work and in their free time, as well as the difficulties which confront them in daily life. Although not Oscar-ripe it is interesting when too long.

In Initiation (aka Blutfreundschaft = Blood Brothers) attempts to bring together two problems – young men attracted to fascist ideas and neo-nazism – and, homosexuality. Axel, the young man, as part of his initiation ceremonies into a neo-Nazi group is required to take part in an attack on a soup-kitchen and he stabs the organiser to death. In escaping from the horror of his deed he is befriended, and hidden, by Gustav an 80-year old homosexual. Gustav thinks of his young lover under the Hitler regime when he sees Axel. No uninteresting but no real plot. The, in his young years, very attractive bisexual actor, Helmut Berger, plays Gustav.


Is a not very exciting, but informative history of the Pride Day events in the unusual circumstances – Israel.

-- Colin de La Motte-Sherman, ILGCN_Berlin


ILGCN ANNUAL AWARDS: (Proposals welcomed at all secretariats)

Rainbow Iceberg (international work) Sappho in Paradise (libraries, publishing)
Orfeo Iris (research in Nazi & neo Nazi persecution) Grizzly Bear (work in ferocious situations)

Orfeo Musica (international co-operation) Arco Nordica (Nordic co-operation)

Orfeo Imago ( art & photos) Rainbow Warrior

Swedish sculptor Carl Milles’’ ‘Orfeo’ Clio’s Silver Cup (LGBT history)

ILGCN Secretariats Information: Stockholm www.ilgcn.tupilak.org

Literature: London istewart@alumni.sfu. ca History: Minneapolis trett007@umn.edu

Women: Tallinn krissu.@qiss.eu Eastern Europe: Warsaw santi@santi.net.pl

Film & Film Festivals: Riga andrejs.visockis@gmail.com

North America: Toronto michaelgfroerer@yahoo. ca.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010



  KULTURKVÄLL  -- Stockholm


                 Tisdagen, 14 december 2010  från 18.00

    Högkvarteret  Närkesg. 8 (T-ban Medborgarplatsen)



DISKUSSION: "Regnbåger över Palestine...?  Svenska-Palestiniska Samarbete.  Hur störtar vi både ockupationen och patriarkatet?  
Tupilak/ Palestinagrupperna i Sverige



Televiv PornFest 2010, PornFest 2011  -- Zafire Vrba


FILMS: "Ezra Nawi" isreali gay ,fredsaktivist,  "Divine Intervention"

FOTOS: Orlando Boström --  1st Jerusalem Pride    



 Peter  Fröberg 

  Jan Hammarlund
Los Habaneros

                                                                     Jenny Gabrielsson                                                                     



Efter 22.00:
Tupilak Vinter Fest
Pris cermoni.
  Skål till Tupilak's 20 års dag!


Film:  Tupilak cabaret salute to ILGA World Conference – Stockholm, 1990!



Palestinagrupperna i Sverige   
 ILGCN (International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network)





Sunday, December 5, 2010

ILGCN 2001, Nordic Rainbow Humanists

ILGCN World Rainbow Culture Conference stages 2011:
Stage 1: Turkey -- part of the 4th international festival Ankara/Istanbul  May 1-15
Stage 2: Crimea, Ukraine -- August 29 - September 4

Nordic Rainbow Humanists

C/O Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural workers) http://www.tupilak.org/ , ILGCN (International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network) Information Secretariat - Stockholm    http://www.ilgcn.tupilak.org/ and the Nordic Rainbow Council.

CALLING NORDIC RAINBOW HUMANISTS      December 16, 2010   Stockholm

Greetings! The latest information….

1. Nordic Rainbow Humanist Award winner 2010!!??? Suggestions, recommendations as quickly as

(Earlier awards have gone to humanists in Britain, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Romania (which helped launch the Romanian Humanist organization!), Nigeria. Our award to the Nigerian Humanists was finally handed out in person in London this year at a GALHA ceremony. See Erato on ILGCN web site)

2. Our Nordic Rainbow Humanist folder is to be reprinted. Suggestions, additions, new photos? As
quickly as possible to Stockholm!

3. 2011: As usual, we will include seminars on “Humanists on the Rainbow Barricades” at the coming
ILGCN (International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network) world cultural conference stages:

May 2-14: Ankara/Istanbul (Rolf Solheim from Norway will once again join us with his multi-media presentation!)

August 28-September 3: Crimea, Ukraine (More detailed information, dates coming)

We are also offering our usual rainbow humanist seminars at Polish pride events: Krakow (May), Warsaw (July) Wroclaw (New!!! - October) and Poznan (November).

Also: 3rd Baltic Pride in Tallinn, Estonia (June). Minsk, Belarus (August).

Sweden: We hope to have rainbow humanist seminars (or include humanism in our seminars on rainbow culture, international solidarity, etc.) at our traditional co-operation with Gothenburg LGBT Festival (May), Eskilstuna Pride (May), Uppsala Pride (September).

Stockholm Pride: We have been informed that a very good group of Swedish humanists are planning a major event at the coming Stockholm Pride!!

(Of course we offer any assistance but are very happy that this takes pressure off us. We have arranged humanist seminars at Pride House and elsewhere in Stockholm over the last few years with very fine response from the audiences and good discussions – often with visiting Nordic Rainbow Humanists from Norway, Iceland, Lithuania, etc.)

(Last year, our humanist seminar at Stockholm Pride House was one of our five Tupilak, ILGCN, NRH, seminars on rainbow culture, international solidarity, history, etc. For 2011, we hope to expand to other subjects such as “Rainbow Flags in Palestine…?” and “Rainbow Flags among the Roma-Sinti…?”)

4. GALHA – we will once again invite our London-based colleagues to join us on the Eastern European barricades as they promised. (A near-future meeting with GALHA…?)

Any Nordic Rainbow Humanist colleagues eager to join us in Sweden, Turkey, Poland, Estonia, Crimea, Belarus, etc. are very welcome. Please get in touch.

Bill Schiller, Nordic Rainbow Humanist international secretary, chairman of Tupilak and secretary general of the ILGCN Information Secretariat - Stockholm



Monday, October 11, 2010


CALLING TUPILAK Members on both sides of the Baltic Sea on October 10, 2010!:
We're participating in Uppsala Pride November 4-7.  Colleagues from Sweden, Norway, Lithuania, Estonia and elsewhere will join us. Who else wants to join us...?
We're receiving colleagues from Belarus in Stockholm on November 11, 2010 (see below).at the PositHIVa gruppen's local.   Who wants to work with us and join us on the stage, in art work, in seminars, etc...?
We're working together with the Swedish Palestine Group for a joint "Human Rights and Rainbow Culture Evening" at Högvakt club local in Stockhom in December.  Who wants to help out ... to join us...?
Tupilak will join ILGCN (International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network) at an international LGBT cultural conference/festival in Istanbul next May.  Who wants to join us...?
There are still funds available from the Swedish state support for LGBT organizations.  Do you have a project in mind..?  Preferably outside of the Stockholm area!  Get back to us as soon as you can.
We're lighting candles for the threatened Belgrade Pride October 10th and the Algerian LGBT National day on October 10.  Light a candle and send your thoughts abroad!
Bill Schiller, chairman of Tupilak, Nordic rainbow cultural workers
Tupilak and the Nordic-Baltic-Polish-Belarus-Russian Network invite you to a
(in English and Swedish).
 Thursday, November 11, 2010    18.00- 21.00 at the PositHIVa gruppens Locale on Tjurbergsgatan 2
        (T-ban Skanstull) Stockholm)

with Igor --  Belarus LGBT activist/ language student/ dancer, photo exhibition by Vlad Urzov of  Belarus, performance by  Zafire Vrba of Sweden, report from Swedish-Belarus LGBT Culture Conference in  Minsk (September, 2010  and supported by the Swedish Institute) by  Bill Schiller of Tupilak and more.

Would you like to join us and say some words about your organization's work and interest in Belarus or Eastern Europe or ...?

Shall I add your name to the speaker's list and the internet poster...?

Hoping to hear from you soon!

Bill Schiller of Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural workers) and the Nordic network

Friday, September 17, 2010

Tupilakers and friends!

Hello Tupilakers and friends!

Join us for a brief Tupilak award ceremony and *skål* honoring
Sweden*s THOMAS HAMMARBERG , Council of Europe*s human rights
commissioner, for his strong support of LGBT rights in Europe.

HALLONGROTTAN   Bergsundsgatan 25
  (tel. 658 1320) (T-bana Hornstull) Stockholm

Saturday, September 18, 2010   18.00 

Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural workers).

(Note: Hammarberg shares the 2010 Bifrost award (bridge-building
between LGBT and heterosexual communities) with Wojciech Filemonowicz,
chairman of SDPL (Socjaldemokracja Polska - Social Democratic Party of
Poland) , the only Polish political party which openly supports LGBT
events including Warsaw Europride 2010.  He received his award diploma
during Europride in the Polish capital.)      

Hej Tupilaker och vänner!

Vi bjudar er till en kort Tupilak *Bifrost* pris ceremoni och
*skål* för svensken Thomas Hammarberg, Europarådets representant
för mänskliga rättigheter.

HALLONGROTTAN   Bergsundsgatan 25 
September 18, 2010   18.00  
   (tel. 658 1320) (T-bana Hornstull) Stockholm)

Tupilak (regnbågskulturarbetare i Norden)

Monday, May 3, 2010



Update on the ILGCN world cultural conference stages for 2010:

The first planned stage for ISTANBUL/ANKARA, Turkey in May has been postponed until May, 2011!

The programs for now being finalized for stages 2 & 3.

Get back to us if you are planning to join us and if you wish us to add seminars, performances, film screenings and art exhibitions:

WARSAW, Poland (sidelines of EuroPride) July 16-18

Contact: Slawek Starosta starosta@gay.pl

Lukasz Palucki l.palucki@sdpl.pl

ILGCN Information Secretariat

CRIMEA, Ukraine September 1-5

Contact: Irina Sizova irinasizova@yandex.ru

ILGCN Information Secretariat

Monday, March 22, 2010


The ILGCN world cultural conference stages for 2010 are:
ISTANBUL/ANKARA, Turkey: May 6-8, May 12-15
Contact: Information Secretariat
"Nevin" nevin@kaosgl.org
WARSAW, Poland (sidelines of EuroPride) July 16-18
Contact: Information Secretariat:
S*awek Starosta starosta@gay.pl
*ukasz Pa*ucki l.palucki@sdpl.pl

Crimian, Ukraine September 1-5
Contact: Information Secretariat:
Irina Sizova irinasizova@yandex.ru

P.S. Contributions for the next *Erato* very welcome!

Monday, March 8, 2010


Hej Tupilak medlemmar!!
Ett kort ÅRSMÖTE  24 mars, 2010    19.00 -20.00!!! .
Nytt blod behövs för den nya styrelsen.  Vill du vara med*?
Bergsundsgatan 25   (T-bana   Hornstull)  Stockholm)
Verksamhets år 2009.
Ekonomiska redovisning.
Val av nya styrelsen!
Verksamhetsplaner för 2010!
Har du förslag till nya projekt i Sverige?  Norden. ?  Med kollegor i Öst Europa?
Förslag till vinnare av Tupilaks årliga pris diplom..?
Bill Schiller, ordförande    

Friday, February 12, 2010

Stockholm Follow-up Discussion and Cultural evening


Stockholm Follow-up Discussion and Cultural evening

 February, 15, 2010   19.00 - 21.00

NOTE:  changed venue:    at HALLONGROTTAN cultural center Bergsundsgatan  25   (T-ban Hornstull  -- a few minutes walk towards the water, around the corner of Moldau restaurant ( Bergsunds Strand 33 ) and to the right)

Special guests:

Siarhei Padsossny -- Belarus  journalist and ILGCN cultural ambassador, with the latest on the LGBT scene in Belarus.

Lukasz Palucki -- ILGCN cultural ambassador for Poland and secretary general of the Warsaw-based ILGCN Secretariat for Eastern Europe, on the *royal flowers* ceremony in Krakow, ILGCN conference on the side lines of EuroPride 2010-Warsaw and on Europride itself.


Prijo Yksoska - with her own songs and music from Finland

Jenny Gabrielsson - singer and Swedish ILGCN cultural ambassador

Magne Eliassen --  Norwegian singer/performer

Peter Fröberg -- Swedish singer/musician

Tomas Åberg -- poetry

Art work:

Polish artist, Michal Palczewski

The latest additions to the ILGCN/Tupilak Travelling Exhibition

More information:  Bill Schiller, chairman of Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural workers) and secretary general of the ILGCN Information Secretariat - Stockholm

www.Tupilak.org     www.ilgcn.tupilak.org      bill@tupilak.org