Thursday, December 27, 2012

Stockholm Press Release Dec 15, 2012

Stockholm Press Release Dec 15, 2012

Stockholm presentations, art and photography, films, performances
Press Release December 15, 2012 


Stockholm — A "rainbow Lucia" on December 13 helped inaugurate Sweden's first Living Rainbow History Museum, a provisional monthly event at the Café Mannekäng with historical study circles, art, films and performances until a permanent LGBT museum can be established in the Swedish capital. "It has long been a dream to see the creation of a LGBT history museum in Sweden to make sure that we become more aware of our own history," says Elinore Lindén Strand who also exhibited art work at the café during the inauguration.

Barbro Westerholm (center)
Izzy Young

Elinore Strand
Jan Hammarlund (left)

"I am proud to be here at the inauguration and am very pleased to be invited to the Polish Parliament to speak about LGBT rights and culture and the need for parliamentarians to support this everywhere," says Barbro Westerholm, Swedish Liberal parliamentarian, who has earlier received a Tupilak award for her support of LGBT issues and who attended both ceremonies at the LGBT monument in Visby -- the first in the Nordic zone.

Swedish and International Guests at the Museum,
Visits to Swedish Prides

"The aim of the museum is to invite guest speakers from LGBT organizations and individuals from all over Sweden and from abroad," says Bill Schiller of Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural workers) and the ILGCN (international rainbow cultural network) "And to come with workshops and presentations to Swedish and other Prides interested in the museum's work and the rich, dramatic, courageous and often humorous LGBT struggle for identity and visibility over the centuries."

"This is an excellent place to discuss LGBT history," says Rolf Solheim, ILGCN co-ordinator from Oslo and member of the Nordic Rainbow Humanists, who presented a history of the global humanist movement's support of LGBT rights and his work as ceremony master of the Norwegian humanist organization's christenings, weddings and partnerships and funerals fulfilling the desires for formal ceremonies without religious input. Adding to the humanist message with a short monolgue by "The Mad Monk" with the "humanist bible" look at historical relgious figures.

"We are always pleased to be part of Tupilak and ILGCN events -- and feel that the question of HIV and AIDS should always be part of LGBT human rights and cultural events since this is important for our entire community," says Anders Björnum of Sweden's PositHIVagruppen for men having sex with men.

Other presentations came from Pia-Kristina Garde, talking about her book about the family and friends of one of Sweden's finest poets and authors, the bisexual Karin Boye who died in 1941, Willi Reichhold talking about his participation in the United-arranged conference in Finland about new creative ways to combat discrimination on all levels, Chilean-born Christian Mendez about running a rainbow-minded café in Stockholm and Malga Kubiak, actress and film maker about her work with LGBT films about historic lesbian and gay personalities, and Izzy Young, American-born folk lore expert reading erotic poetry of gay icons Allen Ginsberg and Auden.

Rolf Solheim
Bill Schiller

Robert Hill
Veliki Velickovic

Anders Björnum

Songs and music were provided by Swedish singers Jan Hammarlund, a veteran of the Swedish LGBT scene, and young trubador Robert Hill with anti-war and solidarity songs.

Short film screenings by Willi Reichhold included "LGBT Monuments" with music by the renown Swedish soprano saxophonist Anders Paulsson, "The Tupilak Visit to Kiev" and the "Global Survival."

Both film projections and art photography on the wall were presented by Serbian-born Stockholm resident Veliki Velickovic, who also described his work and earlier exhibitions in Serbia, Croatia, Sweden and elsewhere. Other art work came from Tupilak & ILGCN Art & Photo Travelling Exhibition with special focus on Vlladik of Minsk and Alice of Tallinn.

Keller of Chile, costume designer and performer and co-manager of Café Mannekäng, presented his own version of the St. Lucia figure brought from Sicily to Sweden over a century ago to lighten up the dark December nights by wearing a wreath of candles.

ILGCN awards announced during the event included the "Clio's Silver Cup" for outstanding work promoting LGBT history to Swedish photographer Elisabeth Olson Wallin and a brand new "Rasmus" for LGBT work in remote and isolated areas far from big city anonimity -- named after the late, pioneering Faroese journalist and LGBT activist Rasmus Rasmussen who died in October this year. The first Rasmus has gone to the organizers of the first Nuuk Prides on Greenland.

Greetings to the event came from Belarus, Ukrainian, Sudanse and Montenegro delegates to the ongoing ILGA world conference taking place in Stockholm.

"We are very happy to report that in the next session of the Living Rainbow Museum on January 26, the new ILGCN cultural co-ordinators and ambassadors from Latvia-- Yolanta Cihanovica psychologist and actress and artist-doll maker Olga Helly will be coming to the Café Mannikäng for presentations, performances and art exhibitions," concludes Bill Schiller.

The museum project is supported also by Tupilak, Nordic Rainbow Humanists, 3rd Age International-Sweden, Nordic-Baltic-Polish-Russian-Belarus Network and ROHS (Swedish national organization for LGBT solidarity). ILGCN Information Secretariat-Stockholm.

More information:   

at Cafe Mannekäng:
Saturday, January 26, 2013 — 18.00-22.00


Yolanta Cihanovica, actress,
ILGCN coordinator, Latvia
Olga Helly, artist/doll maker,
ILGCN cultural ambassador, Latvia


"Dolls": Olga Helly, Latvia
"Copulating beetles, erotic flowers and other adventures"

Sunday, December 16, 2012

From Sweden with Love to Latvia and Belarus
Press Release November 29, 2012 

Riga: Swedish & Latvian Rainbow Meeting

Riga – Visiting Swedish activists and culture workers met with Latvian colleagues in Riga on November 29 to discuss rainbow cultural co-operation which also includes colleagues in neighboring Estonia, Lithuania and Belarus in a mini-festival organized by Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural workers), the ILGCN (international rainbow cultural network) Information Secretariat-Stockholm, the national Latvian LGBT organization Mozaika and the Golden Bar in the Latvian capital.

At the Golden Bar: Yolanta & Olga no. 1
Sabine & Olga no. 2 (photos by Peter Fröberg)

This "mini-festival included Nordic and Polish rainbow music, and art work from the Tupilak & ILGCN International Art & Photo Exhibtion with special spotlights on work from Vladik and Lily Mossan of Belarusand Alice T. of Estonia.

"We are happy to have this meeting and plan on future co-operation," says Sabine Tropa of Mozaika.

"This meeting has been very valauble and part of very imporant work" says Jolanta Cihanovica, psychologist/ actress/performer -- new ILGCN co-ordinator for Latvia and Olga Sidorenko -- artist/doll maker and new ILGCN cultural ambassador for Latvia. "We are also planning rainbow cultural events for coming international events such as the ILGA European conference -- and hope that Tupilak and the ILGCN will work together with us."

"We are pleased to give support to the Latvian LGBT community and are happy to extend this to visiting foreign delegations and visitors and international LGBT co-operation," says Anatolijs Skangalis, manager of the Golden Bar.

Pioneer Latvian Trans, Youngsters,
and the Need for Co-operation with Belarus

"Great to meet new LGBT activists and cultural workers in Riga," says Swedish singer/musican Peter Fröberg who has participated in a number of rainbow events in Riga and an earlier ILGA European conference in the Latvian capital. "Especially impressive was the meeting with Olga -- a pioneering trans person struggling for her rights in a hostile environment during the Soviet occupation. We hope she will also join us in Stockholm to meet colleagues to share dramatic experiences and history."

"I had great pleasure showing the Swedish delegates the Old Town of Riga and discussing future co-operation and exchanges -- and a visit to Stockholm which I have so far never seen," says Latvian translator Janis M., who works with Mozaika-supported web site for young LGBTs -- a web group which has meetings at the Mozaika office and joins in monthly non-alcohol rainbow youth meetings at the Golden Bar.

At the Golden Bar: Latvian participants
Czech participant (photos by Peter Fröberg)

"We noted also the hard work colleagues are doing in Estonia to the north and to the south, Lithuanian's efforts to arrange the next Baltic Pride in Vilnius, and with the importance of having mutual co-operation and exchange with our colleagues in Belarus -- facing severe homohoiba in this last dictatorship in Eastern Europe which may seem so far away but which in fact borders the Nordic region," says Bill Schiller of Tupilak and the ILGCN.

"We are also pleased that Olga Sidorenko and Jolanta Cihanovica will visit Sweden in the near future," Schiller concludes.

More information:

Saturday, December 1, 2012


"With Love From Sweden to Belarus!" November 29, 2012
Noon: Presenting books and magazines to the Mozaika library.
(K. Valdemara 18-1a)
Golden Club (33/35 Gertrudes iela tel. 25505050) 17.00 - 22.00


  • Games and Latvian LGBT Short Story -- Mozaika
  • Rainbow Cultural Life in Belarus -- Maksim Kavaliou , LGBT Belarus Journalist Network
  • Rainbow Cultural Life in Sweden -- Bill Schiller, Tupilak/ILGCN Information Secretariat-Stockholm
  • Running the Golden Club in Riga -- Anatolijs Skangalis 
  • Written words from Estonian LGBT Association
  • Latest information from Baltic Pride 2013 - Vilnius -- Lithuanian Gay League

  • Works from the Tupilak & ILGCN International Travelling Exhibit 
  • Photo Exhibit: Elinore Lindén Strand - Sweden
  • Photo Exhibit: Veliki Velickovic - Serbia 

  • "LGBT Monuments" "Tupilak in Kiev" "Survival" by Willi Reichhold - Austria/Sweden
  • "Garcia Lorca" -- Malga Kubiak - Poland/Sweden
  • "Cum Pane" -- Anne Hallin - Sweden 

Music & Song:
  • Peter "Sexodus" Fröberg 
  • Swedish & other Nordic rainbow CD music 

  • The Mad Monk with the "Humanist Bible" 


International Day Against Facism / Kristallnacht Candlelight Ceremony

Honouring all victims of the nazi death camps -- homosexuals, Jews, Roma, dissidents, war prisoners, resistance fighters, disabled and intellectuals (as potential troublemakers) from occupied countries. At Side Track (Wollmar Yxkullsgatan 7 T-ban Mariatorget) Friday, November 9, 2012 18:00 

  • Voices from the Shadows of the Rainbow -- Bill Schiller, Tupilak/ILGCN
  • Words from Savine Tropa, Mozaika - Latvia
  • Erotica: Ginsberg and Huges: -- folklore expert, Izzy Young
  • Poesi -- Tommy Öberg
  • Film: "LGBT Monuments from Visby to Mauthausen to Barcelona" -- by Willi Reichhold 
  • CD music "Niemals Vergessen" -- songs from the anti-facist resistance. 
  • Art from Auschwitz by Marian Ruzamski, gay Polish prisoner nr. 122 843.
  • ILGCN & Tupilak Awards: "Orfeo Iris" (research on LGBT persecution) "Loke's Rainbow"(poineering trans culture)
  • No entrance fee but alas, no free drinks!
Tupilak music in Auschwitz

LGBT monument in Visby

Organized by: Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural workers), ILGCN (international rainbow cultural network) Information Secretariat-Stockholm, Nordic Rainbow Humanists, Nordic-Baltic-Polish-Russian-Belarus Rainbow Network, 3rd Age Rainbows International - Sweden, Homosexuella Socialister, ROHS (Swedish national organization for LGBT solidarity)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

September, 2012

Swedes, Belarus, Ukrainians in the Crimea in June

ILGCN and Tupilak (international rainbow cultural network) together with
colleagues from Sweden, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and Norway at the Swedish-Belarus-Ukrainian follow-up conference in Semeiz, Crima in June, 2012  (following meetings in Kiev and Minsk 2011 also supported by the Swedish Institute) and at the ILGCN culture conference in this harbor town. Including a "spray can paint attack" on a homophobic wall graffiti turning this into a pro-peace and prof LGBT illustration.

Tupilak at 1st Luleå Pride – June 15-17
Presentation of ILGCN "Arco Nordica" award to organizers.

Tupilak at LGBT Belarus journalists meeting in Vilnius – June 15-17
Competition for anti-discrimination Belarus journalism (see press release below). 

Tupilak at the International Square – July 2-6
In Visby on the Swedish Baltic island of Gotland during politician’s and human rights week at Almedalen Week. This included the one-year anniversary ceremony at 1st Nordic LGBT Monument at the shoreline.

ILGCN & Tupilak Travelling Art & Photo Exhibition at
Teater Tribunal  in Stockholm – July 31
Homosexuella Socialists Event. Guest artist: Vladik of Minsk.    

Tribunal Exhibit (photo by Vladik)


ILGCN & Tupilak seminar at Stockholm Pride House – August 1
on Solidarity with Eastern Europe.

ILGCN & Tupilak seminar at Stockholm Pride House – August 2
On Nordic LGBT Solidarity.

Tupilak at 1st Nordic LGBT Work Place Forum – August 3
At Stockholm Exhibition Fair with presentation on Nordic-Baltic-Eastern Europe co-operation and Tupilak/ILGCN Belarus & Nordic art and photography exhibition.
Exhibit at Stockholm International Fair (photo by Vladik)


ILGCN & Tupilak  at Belgrade Pride September/October

                                         Visby LGBT Monument
                                         (photo by Willi Reichhold)

1st Nordic Rainbow Islands Festival – October 4-7  
Part of the 1st Gotland Pride, Visby Gotland. Seminars, panel discussions, films, art & photography, music, song, performances.

  • A review of rainbow life in the 13 Nordic islands: Gotland, Öland, Stockholm and Gothenberg archipelagoes (Sweden); Bornholm, Faroe Islands, Greenland (Denmark); Åland, Åbo archipelago (Finland); Svalbard (Norway); Hiiumaa and Saaremaa (Estonia); Iceland. 
  • Stopping the rainbow brain-drain from the Nordic islands.
  • Boosting rainbow co-operation between the Nordic islands.
  • Increasing mainland support of rainbow organizations, business, tourism, culture on the islands.
  • Humanism on the LGBT rainbow barricades, from Torshamn to Istanbul

Sunset/torch-lit ceremony at the LGBT stone monument
on the shoreline of Visby harbor
This is the first such monument in the Nordic region.

ILGCN & Tupilak Rainbow Art & Photo International Travelling Exhibition 
Works from 40 countries

ILGCN with Tupilak in Brazil:   

ILGCN World Rainbow Culture Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Jan 31-Feb 3 2013
With discussions "Rainbow Culture in Brazil", "Rainbow Culture in Sweden," "Rainbow Culture in Russia" etc., poetry, music, film, drama. Samples of the ILGCN & Tupilak International Travelling Rainbow Art & Photo Exhibition with works from 40 nations. It's at pre-Rio Carnaval time (February 25/1-7/2) and includes participation in the giant, pink-ballon and gay-filled, pre-carnaval  parade  "Simpatia é Quase Amor" (Sympathy is nearly Love!) on Saturday, February 2.

Information: Anders Ödvall ILGCN Information Secretariat

ILGCN/Tupilak Rainbow Festival, Palestine Jenin Refugee Zone,
West Bank – May 2013

Monday, July 16, 2012

ILGCN CALLING -- July, 2012
Visby LGBT monument (photo by Willi Reichhold)

ILGCN & Tupilak at the International Square (July 2-6) in Visby on the Swedish Baltic island of Gotland during politician’s and human rights week at Almedalen Week. This included the one-year anniversary ceremony at 1st Nordic LGBT Monument at the shoreline.

Tupilak at 1st Luleå Pride (June 15-17). Presentation of ILGCN "Arco Nordica" award to organizers.

ILGCN &Tupilak at LGBT Belarus journalists meeting in Vilnius (June 15-17). Competition for anti-discrimination Belarus journalism (see press release below). 

ILGCN & Tupilak at Swedish-Belarus-Ukrainian LGBT solidarity meeting in Semeiz, Crimea --supported by Swedish Institute and a follow up of 2011 meetings in Kiev and Minsk (press release coming). Part of ILGCN world rainbow cultural conference.


ILGCN & Tupilak Travelling Art & Photo Exhibition at Teater Tribunal in Stockholm (July 31) (Homosexuella Socialists Event). Guest artist: Vladik of Minsk.

ILGCN seminar at Stockholm Pride House (Wednesday, August 1 at 13.15) on "Solidarity with Eastern Europe."

ILGCN seminar at Stockholm Pride House (Thursday, August 2 at 16.00) on
"Nordic LGBT Solidarity."

ILGCN & Tupilak at 1st Nordic LGBT Work Place Forum (Friday, August 3) at Stockholm Mässan with Tupilak/ILGCN Nordic art and presentation.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

A Tupilak-supported meeting in Vilnius and a Competition for Belarus journalism combating homophobia.

Round Table Discussion: “Social Consequences of Irrelevant Coverage of LGBT Issues in Mass Media” (Vilnius, June 16, 2012)

A round table discussion with participation of journalists, human rights activists, and LGBT-community representatives from Belarus,UkraineSweden, and Lithuania took place in Vilnius, Lithuania on June 16, 2012.

There were presented the results of the Belarusian media monitoring activities, focused on the coverage of LGBT-community problematic in the Belarusian media in 2011 as well as a survey results, showing the Belarusian editors’ opinions on the problem of homophobia in the modern press.

“The problem of LGBT community discrimination is not unique, since discrimination is also faced by a number of other social groups, including people with disabilities, representatives of other races and nationalities, opposition activists etc. The main objective of the monitoring was to inspire other social groups to fight against stereotypes in the society and struggle against discrimination”, noted Max Kavaliou, the Belarusian  LGBT Journalists’ Group activist.

The conducted survey showed that the Belarusian editors are aware of the problem of discrimination of homosexuals. However, they are not always ready to cover the issue. Most often, journalists are eager to write about the LGBT-community in the context of ‘hot stuff’, thinking little about the eventual consequences.

The Belarus’ Gay Alliance representative Aliaksandr Paluyan drew the Round Table discussion participants’ attention to the fact that the journalists, who write about gays of lesbians often mix up terms and notions in their articles. Also, they sometimes use irrelevant illustrations to support their texts. Thus, e.g., in the articles about the recent Gay Pride in Minsk they used photos from Gay Parades in Europe, despite knowing that the snaps do not reflect the real events in Minsk with the police attacks and arrests of activists.

During the Round Table discussion, the journalists analyzed several highly offensive articles on the LGBT problematic, including a Web-publication by Vasil Siamashka (BelaPAN News Agency) and an Open letter by a writer Vasil Yakavienka in the “Narodnaya Vola” independent newspaper. The ournalists decided to submit a collective appeal to the “Narodnaya Vola” editorial with a request to publish an article with counter-arguments to Mr Yakavienka and
address the Ethics Committee at the Belarusian Association of Journalists with a request to consider the “Narodnaya Vola” editorial’s standpoint on the issue.

The BAJ Ethics Committee member Marina Zagorskaya presented the role and functions of the Committee and gave a piece of advice on preparation of appeals to the Committee members.

The Belarusian LGBT Journalists’ Group in cooperation with the supporting media workers is preparing a special brochure on the accurate and correct coverage of LGBT problematic, including the analysis of the most frequent journalists’ mistakes as well as recommendations and practical advice to reporters and columnists on improvement of standards of writing on LGBT subjects. 

Experts and distinguished guests from Sweden, Ukraine, and Lithuania attended the Round Table discussion.

The chairman of TUPILAK (Nordic  LGBT Cultural Workers)  Bill Schiller noted that homophobia can be seen also in many countries of Western
Europe. “Teenagers and youngsters are also among homophobic group in Sweden. Also, a small but very vocal political party in the Swedish Parliament deprecates the LGBT community. A similar situation can be observed in Finland, France, and Hungary. The LGBT people from Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia have to fight every year, in order to arrange a Gay Pride. 

"The problems can be found even in the Netherlands -- even if Amsterdam might seem to be a real heaven on earth for LGBT  people. However, prides arranged in smaller, provincial towns are attacked by homophobies and hooligans even in front of TV cameras. Therefore, even when near- perfect legislation for LGBT rights are adopted as has been done in Sweden, Norway, Canada and elsewhere, there is still a need to improve public opinion in relation to the LGBT-people. It is necessary to make use of LGBT culture and to actively cooperate with journalists, since the latter form the public opinion and can become a highly efficient force in the process of overcoming stereotypes about the LGBT community as well as in the fight against homophobia”, Bill Schiller said.

Aliaksandr Voitenko, the representative of ‘We Understand Human Rights’ educational program (Ukraine) draw the Round Table meeting participants to the fact that pro-homophobic legislative acts are adopted in the neighboring Russia and Ukraine, and that the dangerous trend should be
terminated by efforts of international civil community representatives.

The Belarusian LGBT Journalists’ community members are convinced that the present frustrating presence of homophobia in Belarus should be eliminated due to the relevant presentation of LGBT problematic in the media. Therefore, the Group members are going to arrange and hold presentations of the informational brochure and arrange topical discussions with the Belarusian journalists and editors on the issue in Minsk and in the Belarusian regions.

“The Best Anti-Discrimination Journalists in Belarus - 2012” were announced at the end of the Round Table meeting in Vilnius.

The international journalist jury selected among more than a dozen of nominees the articles of two journalists from the Belarusian regions:

The FIRST place – Volha Hrytsenka (Brest) – “What Do the Deaf People Watch in Belarus – TV or TV-sets?” (“Что смотрят неслышащие в Беларуси – телевизор или телевидение?”), ‘Vmestie’ (‘Together’) newspaper, 13.04.2012

The SECOND place – Andrei Kuzmin (Krychau, Mahilou region) – “Шэсць санэтаў” (‘Six Sonets’), ‘Nasha Dumka’ Info-newsletter, August 2011

The choice of topics and their efficient presentation with the use of professional journalistic tools was taken into consideration by the jury members in the selection process.

The winners will receive honorary diploma and special awards from TUPILAK and the Belarusian LGBT Journalists’ Group activists as well as and a possibility to visit the TUPILAK activists in Stockholm with a journalist mission in the coming year.

-- Press Service of Belarusian LGBT Journalists’ Group

Monday, June 25, 2012

ILGCN Information Secretariat - Stockholm CALLING 
                                                                                                                                           -- June 2012

COMING UP in 2012:                                                                                                                              
Visby LGBT monument ceremony (photo by Willi Reichhold)
ILGCN joins Tupilak at the International Square (July 2-6) in Visby during Almedalen Week. One-year anniversary ceremony at 1st Nordic LGBT Monument at shoreline (Wednesday, July 4 at 18.00).

Tupilak och ILGCN at International Square at the i Silo in the harbor:

Wednesday, July 4

18.00   1st anniversary of inauguration of first Nordic LGBT Monument ceremony   (shoreline near the Silo)

Friday, July 6

15.30     "Swedish rainbow culture -- a powerful weapon against homophobia"  


ILGCN & Tupilak Travelling Art & Photo Exhibition at Teater Tribunal  in Stockholm (July 31)  (Homosexuella Socialists Event) 

ILGCN seminar at Stockholm Pride House (Wednesday, August  1 at 13.15)  on "Solidarity with Eastern Europe."

ILGCN seminar at Stockholm Pride House (Thursday, August 2 at 16.00) on "Nordic Solidarity."

ILGCN joins Tupilak at 1st Nordic LGBT Work Place Forum  (Friday, August 3) at Stockholm Mässan with Nordic art and presentation.

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Tupilak at 1st Luleå Pride(June 15-17). Presentation of ILGCN "Arco Nordica" award to organizers.

ILGCN joins Tupilak at LGBT Belarus journalists meeting in Vilnius (June 15-17).  Competition for anti-discrimination Belarus journalism (press release coming). 

ILGCN joins Tupilak at Swedish-Belarus-Ukrainian LGBT solidarity meeting in Semeiz, Crimea --supported by the Swedish Institute and a follow up of 2011 meetings in Kiev and Minsk (press release coming).  Part of ILGCN world rainbow cultural conference.