Saturday, April 20, 2019

BEARS INTERNATIONAL AWARD ANNUAL ART DIPLOMAS

Tallinn -- The year's ILGCN's (international rainbow culture network) Bears International diplomas for outstanding Bear art and photography were handed at the international Bear gathering -- Bearty-Tallinn in the Estonian capital on April 13, 2019.

One of the 2019 awards went to Stefan Zaric of Serbia, -- art historian, fashion designer and LGBT activist. "This is important not only for me but for all of us in Serbia! We will use this in the struggle for our rights!" Stefan told the audience.

Other awards were received by Martin Peterson of USA/Portugal focusing on art, music and performance and Kimmo Karjunen of Finland, working with art and lighting and performances. . A fourth diploma goes to to Leonsio Espinosa - Mexico/Norway, not present in Tallinn but to receive his diploma in Oslo in November during the 20th anniversary of the Norwegian Bamse Bear organization.

The 2018 award was handed over to photographer Vladimir Rob Lysenko of Russia for his photographic documentation of Bear events in many countries. "This is a total surprise for me and encourages me to continue to take photographs of our Bear events in Moscow and every where else!" Vladimir said.

A brand new Bear International award -- "Calais the traveller" honoring the promotion of international Bear exchange -- was handed over to John Earhart of the Norwegian Bamse organization for his years-long effort promoting exchange between Bears in Norway, Ukraine, Russia and elsewhere.

"This comes as a very pleasant surprise for me," John said. "I was a gay activist in Norway back in the 70's. But seeing the new Bear movements in so many countries has rekindled my involvement again. And I must add that in these recent years working with the Bears of the East, I have really met so many such good people!"

The award is named after Calais, the male lover of the ancient Greek musician Orfeus -- both travelling on the ship the Argos in search of the Golden Fleece. The diploma includes a drawing of the two Greek lovers by Spanish artist, Manolo Yanes.
Bear Art, Diplomas
"We are proud to have our award ceremonies at the Bearty-Tallinn international Bear event -- each year focusing on another phase of Bear culture. Bears International has only two functions -- to add Bear art and photography to the international rainbow collection by the ILGCN and Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers)," says Bill Schiller. "And handing out a few annual award diplomas to well-deserving LGBT artists and activists -- in a world where heterosexuals shower awards and prizes on each other daily by the hundreds!"

"The Bears International award selection team consists of representatives from Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, Poland and Estonia," says Peter Fröberg, who helped hand over the award diplomas in Tallinn. "But we would very much like to widen the team with representatives from other countries!"

More information from bill@tupilak.org

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

TUPILAK, ILGCN, CYCLOPEN RAINBOW SALUTE UN DAY AGAINST DISCRIMINATION AT STOCKHOLM EVENTS

Stockholm -- A two-day event has honored by UN-declared International Day Against Discrimination -- the anniversary of the Sharpevill Massacre of South Africa -- organized by Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers), ILGCN (international rainbow culture network), Information Secretariat-Stockhoolm, Bears International, Nordic Rainbow Humanists and the culture house, Cyklopen .

The program included live music, rainbow CD music (including music from Uganda!), presentations, international rainbow poetry, and art and photography from Tupilak & ILGCN international art exhibition.

Film screenings including United Nations' salutes to LGBT rights and identify, Willi Reichhold's "LGBT Monuments" around the globe and "Both Sides Now," the British drama, "Unchechen" by Stephen Hornby, UK, and Christine Zuwall's "Poetry for LGBT People."

Bill Schiller presented his monologue "Grey Ghosts of Tefia" about the prisoners of Franco's gay concentration camp on the island of Fuerteventura -- opened 10 years after Auschwitz and Mauthausen were liberated.

Ivar Andersen of Cyklopen explaiined the history of the culture center, rebuilt after neo nazi hooligans destroyed the original structure.

Song and music was provided by Swedish singer and song-writer, Elise Street and the Milky Way -- who also received the 2019 ILGCN music diploma - the "Orfeus & Zelim Bakaev" award -- named after the ancient Greek musician and the missing Chechnyan singer -- believed to have been arrested and executed in the recent wave of crack downs on gays in that Russian province.

This year's award is also shared with Canadian performer, Lynx Dean, and veteran British singer/song writer Tom Robinson.

The events took place on March 20 -- the eve of the UN Day at the culture center in a Stockholm suburb and on March 21st -- in a conference room on the city's Southern Island

Future Events in Stockholm, Other Nordic Cities

ILGCN's Bears International will join the international collection of Bears meeting for the annual Bearty-Tallinn -- in the Estonian capital April 12-14, and will again hand out Bear art diplomas honoring outstanding Bear cultural activities and an award for promoting international Bear exchange named after "Calais" -- Orpheus' male lover, who travelled with him on the Argos.

On May 17 -- IDAHO Day -- international day against homophobia/transphobia/bi-phobia -- the event will be celebrated at the Estonia House in Stockholm also with a rainbow salute to the 101-year anniversary of the independence of Estonia.

The 4th Nordic Rainbow History & Culture Month - October, 2019 will take place in a number of Nordic cities such as Rakvere-Estonia, Espo-Finland and Stockholm.

The Södertälje stage of the Nordic Month will focus on rainbow poetry on Saturday, October 26 at the city's Art Gallery (Konsthallen) .

The first Nordic "Skål" or rainbow history "hub" will take place in Stockholm on October 27. The focus on October 28 will be on Nordic rainbow culture and include another Nordic Rainbow Humanism conference.

The 1st Nordic Pride will take place on the October 29 and 30 -- including a 30-year anniversary "skål" to Tupilak.

The 30th will also include a focus on Bear art, films and culture and international Bear exchange at the 3rd Culture Festival of Bears in the Nordic zone.

Photos: Elise Street, LGBT Monument in Visby (Sweden), "Unchechen" father and son, "Red" by Vladik of Minsk, Cyklopen building, Zelim Bakaev of Chechnya.

More information bill@tupilak.org

Cyklopen building

Elise Street

LGBT Monument in Visby (Sweden)

"Unchechen" father and son

"Red" by Vladik of Minsk

Zelim Bakaev of Chechnya

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

ERATO Nov 2018

This is the order of the logos/photos in the text:

1. Erato logo 
2. Golden viking emblems.
3. Victor Adeniran USA photo
4. "Ceva" Romanian cartoon picture
5. John Earhart
6. Lorena Delgado, Sweden
7. Christian Juhl, Denmark
8. LGBT Monument in Visby
9. Mia Haglund, Finland
10. Lynx Dean, Canada
4.   



November, 2018    
ILGCN Information       
Secretariat- Stockholm
www.ilgcn.tupilak.org         
  
                                                            Same sex golden Viking-age emblems– symbol of the Nordic History Months
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OSLO STAGE OF 3rd NORDIC RAINBOW MONTH COMPLETED
   
     Oslo -- This stage of the 3rd Nordic Rainbow History & Culture Month - October "plus" - 2018 in the Norwegian capital has been completed with discussions, art and photography and the film screening of the ILGCN (international rainbow culture network) /Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers) film, "LGBT Monuments."

    This was the 2nd Norwegian event of the Month -- including the October 15 "queer training of museum personnel" at LGBT (Skeivtarkiv) Archives (continued to page 3) 
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STOCKHOLM PRIDE HIGHLIGHTS: Middle East, Argentina, Canada

   Stockholm -- Stockholm Pride 2017 – also sharing the Europride with the Swedish West Coast city of Gothenburg’s West Pride – has a good input of LGBT culture and history – especially at the “Pride House” section and “Pride in the City.”

     The LGBT situation in Lebanon, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East was highlighted each day during Pride week in the (continued. on page 3)

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   STOCKHOLM STAGE OF 3rd NORDIC RAINBOW MONTH

  Stockholm -- Presentations, performances, music, song, art, photography and film screenings were part of the 5 days -- October 15-18 and 23 -- of the Stockholm stage of 3rd Nordic Rainbow History & Culture Month - October, 2018 going through Nordic cities and towns on both sides of the Baltic Sea. Australian Ambassador (continued on page 4)           Victor from USA
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UPPSALA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL  HIGHLIGHTS LGBT FILMS     
                                                                                                                                                                                   
    Uppsala – The annual short film festival in this Swedish city just north of Stockholm again also focused on rainbow film making – with the darkly-dramatic, animated gay film  
                  “Ceva” from the Romanian film maker, Paul Muresan,                
                          and the traditional “queer film festival” (cont. page 4)
“Ceva”                
 STOCKHOLM STAGE OF 3rd NORDIC RAINBOW MONTH…    page 2
   (continued from page 1) Jonathon Kenna described the advances of LGBT rights in his country, including the recent referendum and law reform legalizing same-sex marriages. He also commented on Australia's decisions to grant asylum to LGBT people persecuted in their home countries because of their sexual orientation.

   The Canadian Embassy's political counselor, Eric Petersson, spoke about the LGBT struggle in his country and presented a detailed written report of the history of LGBT culture workers -- both native Canadians and immigrants -- in the fields of art, sculpture, music, literature and film making -- adding that "queer artists have played an integral role in the movement for LGBT rights in Canada and continue to challenge not only homophobia but also colonialism, rascism and sexism." 

    Veteran Austrian activist Kurt Krickler related Austria's slow, years-long process for each stage of progress in LGBT history. He also described Austria's historic, pioneering co-operation with Eastern Europe helping bring these newly-established LGBT groups into the international forum.

     Sidnimax, a gay refugee from Belarus, commented on the increasingly tough homophobic regime in this the last dictatorship of Eastern Europe while Sweden's Anna-Maria Sörberg, author/journalist commenting on the role of LGBT journalism and the fears that nationalism and populism could use the LGBT movement for undemocratic gains.

     Swedish gay policeman Göran Stanton described the history of the Swedish Gay Police -- which he founded -- and international contacts with police in other countries, plus his continuing work on hate crimes. He added that his next gay conference will be in Vilnius this November with Lithuanian police. 

    Fecundo Ortiz of the Argentine Embassy spoke about the progress made in the LGBT struggle in his country, including the success of achieving Argentina's same-sex marriage law -- which he described as the "most liberal and inclusive in the world."

   Victor Adeniran, artist/dancer and new ILGCN cultural ambassador from Colorado, USA, commented on his colorful art work often including black Americans and native Americans as well as his support for the ILGCN.  He also participated in the Stockholm session's LGBT art exhibit at the Gallery Mellanrum in a near-by Stockholm suburb.

      John Earhart, head of the Bamses Norweign Bears, commented on the growing importance and visibility of Bear culture and co-operation and exchange with Russia and Ukraine -- part of the 2nd Bears International 4-day Festival included in the 3rd Nordic Month -- and concentrating on Bear culture and co-operation with Eastern Europe.  Written Bear messages of Bear solidarity from MoscowMinsk,Tallinn and Kiev were read aloud.

Stockholm's Revolutionary Pride called for future co-operation with Tupilak, the ILGCN and Nordic Rainbow History & Culture Months.  She added: "We want very much to collaborate on non-commercial Prides and other LGBT cultural events, and have a fine, multi-storied building, Cyklopen, in a near-by suburb for performances, film screenings and discussions!"

                                                                          Invitation from Budapest

    The ILGCN co-secretariat for Eastern Europe in Budapest also sent greetings to the Stockholm stage, emphasizing that the homophobic and anti-immigrant regime in Hungary is increasing its threats against human rights and the LGBT community.  They added that they hope future ILGCN and Bear cultural festivals will come to Budapest.      Another message of support came from Eddy Kalyanga, ILGCN's "Uganda ambassador in exile" living in northern Sweden but still working with  political support and handicraft cultural fundraising                for his organization,  RADO (Rainbow and Diversity Organistion Uganda).  He also      John Earhart   aimed sharp criticism at Swedish and other embassies abroad refusing to                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                   

grant visas to Ugandan LGBT activists and culture workers to come to such events at the 3rd Nordic Month.
  
     Rolf Solheim, Norwegian LGBT activist and veteran of the Norwegian Humanists described his nation's history and progress in the LGBT struggle and the pioneering support of the international Humanist movement for LGBT rights.

   Ulf Andersson, editor in chief of Amnesty Press - Sweden, described the LGBT situation in many countries such as the worsening situation in some parts of Africa and the former Soviet Union and the recent success of India's supreme court finally ripping up the colonial, British-instituted ban on homosexuality.  He also reiterated his determination to continue to give ample coverage of LGBT issues in his publication.

    Songs and music were provided by Sweden's Elise JohanssonPeter "Xeller8" FröbergJan Hammarlund. Poetry of Tommy Åberg, Sweden and, international LGBT poetry from Iran, Greece, Finland, France, China, Spain, USA and the U.K.. Art and photography was displayed from the ILGCN/Tupilak international exhibition with works from over 50 countries.

   Films screened included  "LGBT Monuments" by Swedish/Austrian Willi Reichhold who has been adding new photos of the growing number of such monuments around the world,"  "Narcissus" -- a ballet film by award-winning, gay Canadian director, Normal Mclaren and "Frans & Hans" with music and song by Jan Hammarlund and actor Robert Fux and drawings by Bitte Andersson about two Swedish gay lovers of the turn of last century, imprisoned for their homosexuality.

     Retired Swedish journalist Hans Nordh emphasized the importance of weekly social get-togethers for elderly Swedish gays.   Swedish travel agent Henrik Husgafvel described the strong relationships between LGBT sports and culture -- especially at international LGBT events such as the Gay Games. 
                                                                                                                  
     Bill Schiller of the ILGCN Information Secretariat - Stockholm asked why the Nordic region has no approved LGBT monuments except for the ILGCN/Tupilak "peoples´ monument" made out of stones on the Swedish Baltic island of Gotland.  He also spoke of the power of LGBT history and culture vs. homophobia and silence.
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  OSLO STAGE OF 3rd NORDIC RAINBOW MONTH COMPLETED….

(continued from page 1) in Bergen. The Olso stage was scheduled to co-ordinate with the dates of the rotating Nordic Council session and included participation with Nordic parliamentarians and officials

      From the Nordic Council session came Nordic parliamentarians Lorena Delgado Varas (Swedish's Left Party) and Christian Juhl (Danish Greens), Finland's Mia Haglund secretary general of the Nordic Green Left and a Finnish member of the Nordic Council's Youth Council. "We skipped lunch with the Norwegian king to meet with LGBT organizations for interesting discussions on how the rights of LGBT people are consistently violated, " says Lorena Delgado.  "We learned also how the Franco regime in Spain set up a concentration camp for gays on the island of Fuerteventura -- starving and beating inmates, destroying lives."  
          After seeing the film "LGBT Monuments" by Sweden's Willi Reichhold portraying monuments both in Nazi concentration camps and elsewhere all over the world, saluting LGBT people persecuted,                    imprisoned and executed over the centuries the seminar   participants called for the establishment of such monuments also in the Nordic region.   "Although Pride parades may disappear from the streets  each year, they  remain in our thoughts.  But we also need a permanent place to honor LGBT people, "  
Lorena Delgado        Chrisitian Juhr                                said Christian Juhl.  "In our town in Denmark,
   ,      we used to be only a monument of the factory boss at a paper mill.  But we have   
                          made sure that there is now also a monument of the workers!  
 Ingvld Endestad    We must do the same for LGBT people!”                               Mia Haglund          

   John Earhart, head of the Bamse Norwegian Bears, said: "It's even more important now with such a LGBT monument in the Nordic region with the increasing presence of neo-Nazi homophobes in Norway, Sweden and elsewhere!" Earhart says.  

   "We are once again at this Nordic Council session taking up questions of discrimination of LGBT people in the Nordic area and want very much to continue this dialogue with LGBT organizations to work together to strengthen LGBT rights and identity," says Mia Haglund, who helped very much to make this meeting possible despite the heavy schedule of the Nordic Council

      "This meeting here at the FRI offices was especially welcome because the theme of the next Olso Pride will be "LGBT History." said Ingvild Endestad, head of the Norwegian national LGBT organization, FRI.  "We are also very much trying to promote Nordic co-operation between the LGBT organizations in this region."

        "We are very pleased to have Norway join the Nordic Month this year -- an event inspired by other rainbow history months in U.K. Hungary and elsewhere --  and to have members of the Nordic Council parliament join us to discuss the steps these parliamentarians are taking to eliminate remaining legislative discrimination of LGBT people in the Nordic zone and to work for increasing support for Nordic LGBT exchange in the Nordic region and beyond,” says Bill Schiller - ILGCN Information Secretariat. 
                                                                 
                                                           Humanist Award Diploma to Budapest, London
    
            During other discussions in Oslo, the Nordic Rainbow Humanists announced the winners of this year's Nordic Rainbow Humanist diploma is to be shared by the International Federation of Resistance Fighters – Association of Anti-Fascists based in Budapest and the Warwickshire-based LGBT charity, Pink Triangle Trust

     The Olso event ended with a visit to the Kunstplass Gallery -- close to the City Hall and proudly flying a street-side rainbow flag -- to see the photo exhibit of Ahmed Umar of Sudan, now a resident of Norway, with large photos and quotation texts of LGBT activists in Sudan, "criminals" in their home country -- faces protected from the camera lens by Ahmed himself.
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STOCKHOLM PRIDE HIGHLIGHTS: Middle East, Argentina, Canada…
.                                                                                                                                                           Lynx Dean
   (continued from page 1) city Arts Center (Kulturhuset) thanks to seminars arranged by the veteran, Swedish Radio and highly-appreciated Cairo-based radio correspondent Cecilia Udén with guests from the Middle East and Swedes living there
    
   The Argentine element came with the Argentinian Embassy-arranged presentation of Argentine historian and activist, Lucas Ramón Mendes, who presented the history of the LGBT struggle in Argentina leading up to the historic LGBT marriage legislation – considered to be the most
 inclusive in the world
   Two performances took place at café and restaurants in Stockholm by Canada’s Lynx Dean, 
who came to Stockholm from Hamburg Pride, who has promised to return to Stockholm early in 2019. 
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UPPSALA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL AGAIN HIGHLIGHTS LGBT FILMS….

  (Continued from page 1) “queer film festival” with films from nations where being LGBT is downright dangerous – such as Iraq, Russia and Lebanon as well as from Germany and Sweden. Festival discussions also brought up the possibility of the Uppsala film festival and the 4th Nordic Rainbow History & Culture Month arranging a joint seminar on LGBT films in 2019.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

 Tupilak members and supporters! 

2019 begins with programs on March 9 in Södertälje (see program below!) and on March 21 in Stockholm -- honoring the United Nations International Day against Discrimination
                                                                            (details coming!)

Time to renew your annual Tupilak membership (100 kronor).  Post giro 498 37 67-7

   Your support is needed to carry out our LGBT rainbow cultural solidarity projecs in the Nordic region and beyond!
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OUTing the Past:
The International Festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans History
 March 9, 2019, Södertälje konsthall, Södertälje

 Södertälje konsthall in collaboration with TUPILAK is very happy to host OUTing the Past: The International Festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans History 2019, as a hub part of the coming celebrations!

Södertälje konsthall is a municipality run art gallery in the Swedish city of Södertälje, an industrial city with 70.000 inhabitants very well known in Sweden for being the home of truck maker Scania AB. About 39 % of the inhabitants in the city have foreign background, which makes the city a place with connections to people all over the world.

OUTing the past will take place the 9th of March 2019, in between 11:00 and 15:00 at Södertälje konsthall, Lunagallerian, Södertälje.

For more info please contact Sarah Guarino Florén at: sarah.floren@sodertalje.se

FESTIVAL PROGRAM:
  • 11:00 Opening of the festival. Welcome speech by Bill Schiller, activist, journalist and former chairman of Tupilak, and Sarah Guarino Florén, curator/pedagogue at Södertälje konsthall and chairwoman of Tupilak (Swedish/English)

  • 11:30 Lecture by Elfrida Bergman about Myths and Realities – A Lesbian Odyssey (Swedish)
  • 12:30 Inauguration of the exhibition Queering Sápmi with Elfrida Bergman
  • 13:00 Lecture by Urszula (Ula) Chowaniec, Ph.D about Queer/Women in East and Central European Cinema (English)
  • 14:00 “How to work with LGBTQ-issues and culture outside the big cities” - Panel discussion in between invited speakers and representatives from the local LGBTQ-association RFSL Södertälje.
 Myths and Realities – A Lesbian Odyssey
  -- a project that makes visible and explores lesbian (♥) past and present in Norrland. 

This project investigates the boundaries between fact and fiction, myth and reality of the formational stories that underlie lesbian and queer identities and experiences. An ambulating lesbian museum designed and crafted by MYCKET in collaboration with MADAM snickeri has been touring the roads since March 2018 to spread, collect, and celebrate the lesbian and queer community with as many people as possible! Follow the project here.

Sara Lindquist and Elfrida Bergman lead the project. MYCKET creates the visual and spatial form. The association Lesbisk maktLesbian Power, runs the project with funding from Postdkodslotteriets kulturstiftelse, The Swedish Postcode Foundation.

(♥) Lesbian refers in this project to everyone who identifies as a lesbian, who has ever had a lesbian experience, who hopes to do something lesbian in the future, or who at some point in their lives related to lesbianism in some way. All genders and gender identities are welcome.

Queering Sápmi - Indigenous stories beyond the norm
Exhibition by Elfrida Bergman and Sara Lindquist

Specific & Universal  - an invitation to a context where gender and sexuality is debated, looked at and thought about. The participants of the project share their thoughts about specific circumstances that have been important to them. When doing so they also hold up a mirror for us to look at our own life, choices we’ve made and how utterly vulnerable we all are to the outside world.

 Queer/Women in East and Central European Cinema

The talk aims at presenting the most crucial gender, queer and feminist issues in contemporary Eastern and Central Europe. Main areas of investigation are the selected films that discussed in the contexts of various LGBTQ political, social, and cultural issues from 1980s to the present. The emphasis is given to Eastern Europe after 1989 with the references to the 20th-century past. Among the films are: Egymasra nezve/ Another Way by Karoly Makk (1982); Nadzór/ Control by Wiesław Saniewski (1985). Fine mrtve djevojke / Fine Dead Girls (Croatia, 2002) by Dalibor Matanic. Diˇsi duboko/ Take a Deep Breath by Dragan Marinković (Serbia, 2004), and others.

Urszula (Ula) Chowaniec, Ph.D. is Professor (dr hab.) at the Andrzej Frycz-Modrzewski Cracow Academy in Poland and the Research Fellow at University College London. Currently, during her research leave, she resides in Stockholm. She is an author of a monograph Melancholic Migrating Bodies in Contemporary Women’s Writing (2015) and W poszukiwaniu Kobiety: O wczesnych powieściach Ireny Krzywickiej (In Search for a Woman: Early Novels of Irena Krzywicka, Kraków 2007). She also edited and contributed to Women’s Voices and Feminism in Polish Cultural Memory(2012), Mapping Experience on Polish and Russian Women’s Writing (2010), Masquerade and Femininity. Essays on Polish and Russian Women Writers (2008). Her current research concentrate on women emancipation movement from the non-heterosexual perspectives, mainly concentrating on the movement in Eastern Europe, but also generally on the dialogues between women’s movement and lesbian emancipation as well as the connection between the development of the feminist language and the language of non-heteronormative sexualities.

She teaches among other course: Cotemporary Polish Women’s Writing; Gender and Body Politics in Literature and Film (Eastern-European Perspectives); Eastern Europe Through the Literary Nobel Prize Winners.

Most recent project: https://impactsofgender.weebly.com

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photo by Sara Lindquist