ILGCN CALLING -- April 25, 2017
At this year's Bearty-Tallinn meeting with Bears coming from Ukraine, Russia, Finland, Hungary, Britain, USA, Sweden
and Iceland joining Estonian colleagues. During the weekend event April 21-23, Bears also joined with local LGBT activists
at a demonstration in front of the Russian Embassy, demanding the end of persecution, imprisonment and murders of gays
The Bearty-Tallinn event this time focused on Bear musicians and DJ's and discussions of Bear culture. At the event,
Tupilak's (Nordic rainbow culture workers) "Thor's Hammer" award diploma was handed over to Frosti Jonsson, Icelandic
activist and organizer of the annual "Bears on Ice" event in Reykjavik. The Bears International's "Bears Art Award" diplomas
were handed over to Canadian/British Bear artists Mike Wyeld and Charlie Hunter.
Performing at an enthusiastically-applauded concert during the event, American singer and song writer Matt Alber of Portland,
Oregon has been appointed the latest ILGCN culture ambassador -- this time for the United States, sharing the diplomatic
position with American artist and film maker, Erica Eaton of New York.
The ILGCN Information Secretariat in the Swedish capital will join with Tupilak, Bears International, Nordic Rainbow
Humanists and others for the Wednesday, May 17 IDAHOT Day ceremonies -- with presentations, art, films, poetry and with
special salutes to colleagues in the homophobic dictatorships of Chechnya and Belarus.
This will take place at the Old Town Secret Garden pub at 19.00.
WESTPRIDE - GOTHENBURG:
ILGCN, Tupilak and Bears International seminars are now scheduled for ) Wednesday, June 7 (14.00) on Nordic
co-operation with Eastern Europe, Thursday, June 8 (12:30) on LGBT culture, Friday June 9 (13:00) on "Bears on
the Barricades" and on rainbow history (16:00).
ILGCN's Rainbow Culture Conference 2017 will take place in the Hungarian capital on 3-4 July -- part of Budapest Pride.
Seminars, poetry, art work, films, music and song. (Detailed program coming.)
ILGCN, Tupilak, Bears International plan to participate in the annual, rotating Baltic Pride this time taking place in the
Estonian capital, July 6-9. (Details coming,)
2ND NORDIC HISTORY RAINBOW HISTORY & ART -- October, 2017:
New cities are joining the 12 Nordic cities already making plans for this year's Nordic LGBT history and culture month. The
latest are Reykjavik, Iceland and Åbo/Turku, Finland joining colleagues in Stockholm, Södertälje, Umeå, Lund, Tallinn,
Rakvere (Estonia), Vilnius, Helsinki etc.
(Program details coming.)
|Matt Alber (photo by Vladimir Lysenko)|
|Mike Weyeld and Charlie Hunter|