Friday, March 30, 2018


Liverpool -- ILGCN's "Wings 2018" award (for outstanding contributions with films to LGBT culture) ceremony  to Stephen "Unchechen" Hornby, UK -- at LGBT History Month- UK conference, March 16-18 (press release coming).

Riga -- ILGCN/Bears International participation in Baltic Pride- Riga - March 3-June 10.

Stockholm -- ILGCN/Tupilak event for March 21 UN Day against Rasicsm & Fascism/United's European Week against Rascism & Fascism -- (press release coming).

Södertälje --  ILGCN participating in Tupilak Art Exhibit - Södertälje City Hall April 9-29 (vernissage April 9) 

Tallinn -- ILGCN/Bears International participating in Bearty-Tallinn international Bear culture meeting  April  20-22

Budapest -- ILGCN Rainbow Culture Conference - May 8,9 (press release coming) (With Nordic & European Rainbow Humanists, anti-fascist movement)

Riga -- ILGCN participating in Belarus Journalists for Tolerance conference - June 9  (press release coming)

Stockholm -- ILGCN participating in EuroPride-Stockholm - July 27-August 5

World-wide -- ILGCN-declared "1st International Day of Rainbow Culture" - August 9 (birthday of Finnish-Swedish writer/painter Tove Jansson of "Moomin" fame) -- salutes planned in over 30 countries so far, from Canada to Finland to Uganda. (2nd press release coming).

Gothenburg -- ILGCN participating in EuroPride-Gothenburg - August 14-20

16 Nordic cities -- 3rd Nordic Rainbow History & Culture Month - October, 2018  (2nd press release coming)



ILGCN's "Orfeo Musica 2018" to veteran British singer/song writer, Tom ("Sing if Yoúre Glad to be Gay!") RobinsonUK.

ILGCN's "Orfeo Iris 2018" (for research and information work on Nazi and neo Nazi persecution of LGBT people) to Professor Rainer U W Schulze(editor of "The Holocaust in History and Memory") of University of EssexU.K.

ILGCN's "Rainbow Warriors 2018" -- Simon Gärdenfors and Frej Larsson,Sweden (sued unsuccessfully by Russia for creating a musical gay club on Russian property on Finland's Åland Islands -- previously part of the Czar's empire)

Other award proposals...?  Other information for the next ILGCN web publication, "Erato"...?

Get back to me!


Bill Schiller of the ILGCN Information Secretariat-Stockholm   Facebok: "ILGCN," "Bill Schiller"

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Stockholm -- LGBT organizations, individuals and supporters in a number of countries -- from Canada to Estonia, Finland to Romania, USA to Norway, Sweden to Spain -- will celerate the 1st INTERNATIONAL DAY OF RAINBOW CULTURE - August 9, 2018 -- a day launched by the ILGCN (international rainbow culture network), Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers) and Bears International.

Some are expecetd to honor the event with a simple "skål" (a Swedish "bottoms-up" toast) with a glass of wine on or around the day -- while others will arrange programs of poetry, music, song, art, photography and films.

The date of August 9 has been chosen as it is the birthday of Finnish-Swedish author/painter Tove Jansson of "Moomintroll" fame -- a mega figure in the Nordic region and even beyond. She was a highly respected cultural personality who "came out" late in life (Finland has traditionally been a rather macho, difficult place for LGBT people) but who gladly received a Tupilak award diploma, became a member of Tupilak, and was publically proud of her 40-year partnership with artist/ teacher/author Tuuliki Pietiläa (a relationship often "overlooked" in many books and plays and films about Tove and her work, even today!)

"The aim is to salute rainbow cultural workers of the past -- from Sappho to Pyotr Ilyich, to Oscar to Hans Christian, to Tove to Magnus, to Christopher to Tom of Finland -- and salute those of the present day -- those creating rainbow culture reflecting the lives and identity of lesbians, gays, trans, bi, interex, Bears, the differently-abled, the HIV positives/negatives, the young and the elderly and friends," says Bill Schiller of the ILGCN, Tupilak and Bears International.
Helsinki, Tallinn, Södertälje, Stockholm, Gothenburg

In the Nordic zone, we plan to celebrate August 9 in the Finnish capital -- since Tove and Tuuliki were Finnish -- with discussions, Tove's literary quotations, films, art and music, then move over the Baltic waters to the Estonian capital of Tallinn on the 10th, to Södertälje, Sweden on the 11th, Stockholm on the 12th and to Gothenburg on the 14th (helping inaugurate the EuroPride 2018 stage in this Swedish west coast city).

"Please let us know if YOU or YOUR ORGANIZATION plan any kind of "birthday celebration" on or around August 9," Schiller adds. "Photos and reports of your events are very welcome for ILGCN's web publication, 'Erato.' Beautiful quotations and poetry from Tove Jansson, films, art and photos are available on the internet!" Facebook: "ILGCN" "Tupilak" "Bill Schiller"

Photos: Tove Jansson. Tove and Tuulikki on their island home, "Moomin"

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The ILGCN declares August 9 as the 


The day honors those courageous LGBT culture workers combating homophobia and intolerance over the ages, every day today and in the future.

It also marks the 1914 birthday of Swedish-Finnish writer/artist Tove Jansson -- creator of Mumintroll and his colleagues -- and honors her 40-year long relationship with her woman, art/historian Tuulikki Pietiläa. Tove was a proud member and award winner of Tupilak - Nordic rainbow culture workers.

The idea has been inspired by the Romanian Culture Institute in Stockholm celebrating Romanian Culture Day!

Tove Jansson