Sunday, October 11, 2015


Umeå, Åland, Stockholm, Budapest — The 2nd stage of the 2015 ILGCN World Rainbow Culture Conference will take place in Budapest October 16-18 (following the 1st stage in Stockholm May 4-6.) See Budapest press releases — and the new ILGCN Face Book — for details and latest information.

Meanwhile, two of the 3 winners of the ILGCN "Rasmus Rasmussen" Arco Nordica award for outstanding and pioneering work in the Nordic region have received their diplomas in person at their events — Finland's Åland Pride in Mariahamn in June and Umeå Pride/Queer Förvaltningen in that northern Swedish city in September.

The awards honor the outstanding contributions to LGBT culture at their events and to international solidarity with rainbow colleagues in other countries and among the immigrant and refugee communities.

The third winner sharing the 2015 award is Mozaika, the Latvian LGBT organization which arranged the pioneering EuroPride/Baltic Pride in June, 2015 — the first time EuroPride took place in former Soviet territory. This award diploma is to be handed out in the spring of next year when be handed out when Mozaik celebrates its 20th birthday.

The award is named after the late, pioneering Faroes journalist/musician who outraged violent homophobes in Torshavn by being one of the first LGBT persons to come out publicly — facing brutal physical attacks and severe homophobic persecution driving him to take his own life.

NEW ILGCN Apointees

New ILGCN ambassadors and co-ordinators taking over after years of service from some of the old timers — who of course retain their titles of "ambassadors" just like the diplomatic world — and some coming from new countries are:
  • Francoise Message, film maker, ILGCN cultural ambassador for France
  • Bitte Andersson, film maker and cartoonist, cultural ambassador for Sweden
  • Popo Fan, film maker and film festival organizer, cultural ambassador for China
  • Andrus K., journalist cultural ambassador for Belarus
  • Kloi Picot, photographer, cultural ambassador for central Canada
  • Eddy Kalyango, RADO (arts and crafts) cultural ambassador for Uganda
  • John Ryan Mendoza, journalist, cultural ambassador for Philippines
  • Eddy Kalyango, RADO (arts and crafts) co-ordinator for Uganda

New ILGCN Eastern European Secretariat secretary generals:
  • Thomas Lavás, musician, Budapest 
  • Andrus K., journalist, Minsk

LGCN World Rainbow Culture Conference,
Budapest Stage 2 — October 16-18, 2015
Following stage 1 in Stockholm, May 4-6, 2015
Arranged by: 
  • LGCN (International rainbow cultural network) 
  • Hungary's Democratic Coalition Party DCP)
  • Anti-Facist Movement (AFM)
  • Nordic Rainbow Humanists

Friday, October 16:
International Rainbow Poetry (Habroló Bar) Szép utca Budapest V.

Afterwards, Hungarian Liberal Party:
VI. Budapest Aradi utica 40 (near to Oktogon, and Kodaly körönd)


Iranian LGBT's — Film
Out of Iran: Iran's Unwanted Sons & Daughters — Farid Haerinejad 

History of the Fight for Same-Sex Marriages — Daniel Waliduda, Budapest

21.00-22.00 Rainbow History, Cultur"— ILGCN/Tupilak
Short film: LGBT Monuments — Willi Reichhold

Saturday October 17:
11:00- 13.00
Opening at Democratic Coalition Party offices
Demokratikus Koalicio XIII. Budapest, V, Hugo utca 11(Alfa irodaház, Burohaus) near to Lehel shopping center, and near to Nyugati railway station)

Words from:
  • Sebian Petrovski Lazlo (DCP) 
  • Hanti Vilmes (AFM) 
  • Thomas Lovas (ILGCN)
  • Bill Schiller (ILGCN)
Award Ceremony

Award Diploma — named after the late Hungarian gay activist, Román Lazlo — presented to a leading Hungarian LGBT activist or cultural personality — presented by ILGCN Eastern European Secretariat-Budapest /ILGCN Information Secretariat-Stockholm

Norway's Rainbow Life & Humanism — Rolf Solheim, Oslo

14.00- 15.00
Homosexual Listings in 20th Century Hungary — Judit Takács, Budapest

Performance: Trio Continuo - (ILGCN cultural ambassadors) Budapest

PAUSE 15.30-16.00
How We Got There: Canada's Dramatic Social Shift — Robert Milkovich, Canada

Hate Speech in the Belarus Media — Andrus K., Minsk

Past and present of the Hungarian LGBTQI movement, activities of Háttér Society,
LGBTQI Archives and Library" -— Háttér Society Csanády u 4B

Return to:
Demokratikus Koalicio XIII. Budapest, V, Hugo utca 11( Alfa irodaház, Burohaus)

Performance: Peter "Sexodus" Fröberg, Stockholm

Research in Nazi/neo Nazi Persecution of LGBT's — Colin de la Motte Sherman, Germany

Hunted: Persecution of gays in Russia — Ben Steele, U.K.

Why do we need Bears? — Viking Bears, Sweden

American LGBT Life — US Embassy, Budapest
Dyke Hard — a Swedish comedy, Bitte Andersson

Sunday, October 18, 201
MEASZ center: VIII: Népszinház utca 27( ring , MEASZ) very near to Blaha Lujza tér

LGBT Life & Culture in Lithuania - Arvydas Vogues
Vilnius/ Film: We Can be Gay Today," Francois Message, France

Gay and Lesbian Composers — Colin de la Motte Sherman, Germany

Toronto World Pride 2014 —  Mark Smith, Toronto
Beyond Gay: Politics of Pride — Bob Christie, Canada

Nordic co-operation with Eastern Europe — Tupilak/ILGCN

Hungarian Rainbow Culture — yesterday and today — Hungarian panel with Maria Santa, etc.

Film: "Mama Rainbow" — Chinese parents of LGBT's — Popo Fan, Beijing

PAUSE 16.30-17.00

International Rainbow Poetry (Habroló Bar) Szép utca Budapest V.

Return to:
MEASZ center: VIII: Népszinház utca 27( ring , MEASZ) very near to Blaha Lujza tér

19:00-20.00 Film
Rainbow Song — elderly LGBT's in Sweden— Nasrin Pakkho, Sweden

First meeting of European Rainbow Humanists (from Hungary, Sweden, Norway, Lithuania, Belarus, etc.), Nordic Rainbow Humanist annual award diploma.

Toast to 1st stage of ILGCN World Rainbow Culture Conference 2016 — Vilnius/Palanga spring, 2016


ILGCN/Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural workers)
Art & Photography Exhibition — works from 50 nations

Lovas Tamás home: 1143 Budapest Hungária KRT 103/B II/2 (ring number 6, Lovas)
phone: 0630 214 4859 e-mail: continuo1@hu

Bill Schiller
46 70015 6695