Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Конкурс журналiсцкiх прац

“Найлепшы журналіст-
барацьбіт з дыскрымінацыяй у
Беларусі – 2019”
Ініцыятыва “Журналісты за
талерантнасць” сумесна з Культурніцкай
ЛГБТ-арганізацыяй Паўночных
краінаў ТУПІЛАК сумесна з  і сайтам
Gaypress у восьмы раз абвяшчае
прафесійны конкурс на найлепшы
журналісцкі матэрыял на
антыдыскрымінацыйную праблематыку.
Аўтары найлепшых друкаваных і iнтэрнэт-артыкулаў і/ці фота-аўдыё-відэа
рэпартажаў, якія прасоўваюць ідэю роўнасці і недыскрымінацыі ўразлівых
сацыяльных групаў у беларускім грамадстве, будуць абвешчаныя 12 снежня
2019 года.
Пераможца конкурсу атрымае ганаровы дыплом і адмысловую ўзнагароду.
Чакаецца, што конкурсныя матэрыялы павінны з’явіцца ў прэсе ў перыяд з 1
лістапада 2018 г. па 31 кастрычніка 2019 года.
Матэрыялы конкурсу маюць быць скіраваныя на разгляд журы на электронны
адрас  info@j4t.by  з паметкай «Конкурс» не пазней за 1 снежня 2019 года.
Сярод пераможцаў конкурсу мінулых гадоў – Наталля
Касцюкевіч,  TUT.BY , Улад Швядовіч,  “Наша Ніва” , Вікторыя
Біран,  Makeout

Stockholm -- The Stockholm stages of the 4th Nordic Rainbow History & Culture Month - 2019 -- ended with body painting at the suburban culture center, Cyklopen, on October 22 (earlier reported) and at the city's Hjorthagen Culture center on October 28 and a private residence on October 29.
This was also part of the salute to the 1st Nordic Pride -- the aim of lifting Nordic LGBT co-operation as well as EuroPride, World Pride and Baltic Pride co-operation. This was also a salute to the 30th anniversary of Tupilak -- Nordic rainbow culture workers.
Co-organizers were the ILGCN (international rainbow culture network) Information Secretariat-Stockholm, Nordic Rainbow Humanists and Bears International.
Presentations, Music, Song, Art, Films

The Hjorthagen event included presentations from Swedish journalist, Anna-Maria Sörberg -- focusing on how right-wing movements in Europe have been eager to attract LGBT people in anti-democratic efforts; Jonas Naddebo -- openly gay Stockholm's culture commissioner -- who expressed support for the idea of a LGBT monument in the Swedish capital; the president of the Norwegian Bamse Bears organization talking about work with Russian, Ukrainian and Polish colleagues, Carl-Johan Kleberg of the Nordic Rainbow Humanists, discussing religious organizations persecution of LGBT rights, and Sweden's Anna Rosén and Katrin Forsmo -- describing their musical performance in the Nazi death camp years ago as part of the first official LGBT delegation to the camp.

Music, Song, Films, Art

Other performances included Swedish singers and song writers Elise Streetway, Jan Hammarlund, and Peter Fröberg.
Films screened included Willi Reichhold's "Tourist Dollar" -- describing discrimination and oppression in countries eager to attract tourists with tv advertisement on the BBC and CNN world services.
Art and photography displayed included works from all the Nordic nations and territories and several guest contributors from Belarus, USA. U.K., Germany, etc. to the Tupilak/ILGCN international art and photography exhibition.

An Ancient Celtic Award Named after the Devil

Diplomas handed out during the event included the Nordic Rainbow Humanist "Cernunnos" award to Sweden's Carl-Johan Kleberg -- for long support of LGBT rights and identity and named after the ancient Celtic god of wildlife, fertility and sexuality -- often depicted naked in the forest with a large erection and labeled "the devil" by the early, pious Christians.
The 2019 Cernunnos is shared with Norwegian humanist, Rolf Solheim for his year's long work with LGBT groups at home, in the Nordic neighbors of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and in Eastern Europe.
Also, Tupilak's "Bifrost" award entreated to John Earhart for his next visit Kiev to hand over to the Norwegian Embassy there for its support of LGBT Prides all over the Ukraine.
"Bifrost" is the old Norse name for the rainbow bridge linking the worlds of the gods to the people on Earth. Tupilak's Bifrost honors hetero and LGBT co-operation.
The October 29 follow up event included LGBT discussions and poetry, including from Tupilak poet, Tommy Åberg.
Other events planned to honor Tupilak's 30th year anniversary include a music cabaret with some who have performed for Tupilak over the years and a "Focus on the Image" -- a salute to Tupilak's art, photography and film.
"We hope more Nordic cities and towns join us next year for the 5th Nordic Rainbow History & Culture Month - October 2020 and the 2nd Nordic Pride," says Bill Schiller of the ILGCN and Tupilak, Nordic Rainbow Humanists and Bears International.

Photos by Alaa Haziem: Anna-Maria Sörberg speaking to the audience, Anna Rosén and Kartrin Forsmo, Carl-Johan Kleberg speaking to the audience, John Earhart, Jonas Naddebo addressing the audience, Peter Fröberg, Bill Schiller ready to hand over a diploma.

Other photos: Elise Streetway, Jan Hammarlund, Viking-age same-sex golden emblems.

Anna-Maria Sörberg speaking to the audience. Photo by Alaa Haziem.

Elise Streetway

Jan Hammarlund

Bill Schiller ready to hand over a diploma. Photo: Alaa Haziem.

Carl-Johan Kleberg speaking to the audience. Photo by Alaa Haziem.

John Earhart. Photo by Alaa Haziem.

Peter Fröberg. Photo by Alaa Haziem.

Anna Rosén and Kartrin Forsmo. Photo by Alaa Haziem.

Jonas Naddebo addressing the audience. Photo by Alaa Haziem.
Viking-age same-sex golden emblems

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Stockholm stage of the
including the 1st NORDIC PRIDE - October, 2019:

October 28 -- Hjorthagen Kulturhus. Artemisgatan 19
(T-ban Ropsten) Stockholm (17.00-22.00)

October 29 -- Fröberg's. Götgatan 30 (T-ban Slussen) Stockholm - including the 1st Nordic Pride! (17.00-22.00) (limited space! Registration recommended!)

Rainbow Journalism -- Anna Maria Sörberg (Sweden)

"A humanist life-stance for non-religous rainbow people ? Some recent happenings" -- Rolf Solheim (Norway), Carl-Johan Kleberg (Sweden) (Rainbow Humanist "Cernunnos" awards)

Jonas Naddebo - Stockholm city culture commissioner

Tupilak/ILGCN rainbow salute to Estonia -- part of the Nordic family "From Soviet days to Today"

Tupilak - 30 year anniversary -- Sarah Florén (Sweden), Tupilak chair
Nazi persecution of Gays -- texts of ILGCN´s Colin de la Motte-Sherman, "Teresienstadt" - song by Jan Hammarlund
Anna Rosén & Katrin Forsmo -- comments on music in Auschwitz

John Earhart (Norway)-- Bears on the international rainbow barricades: Poland, Ukraine, Russia, etc.

Oscar von Seth (Sweden) -- research into the life and writing of German author, Herman Hesse.

Words of Tove Jansson -- (Finland/Sweden) - from Mumintroll to the island of lonliness

Nordic Rainbow Cultural Co-operation with Belarus -- last dictatorship in Eastern Europe -- Belarus LGBT refugees in Sweden

Nordic Rainbow Pioneers: Known and Unknown -- Bill Schiller, ILGCN

Rainbow Cultural Input from Refugees & Immigrants -- from Syria, Iran, Uganda, etc

Elise Street Way, Sweden
Jan Hammarlund, Sweden
Peter Fröberg, Sweden


From all Nordic nations and beyond (Tupilak & ILGCN collection from over 60 nations).


"Franz & Lars" - Sweden (last-century love affair)
"LGBT Monuments" (by Willi Reichhold)
"I Let Her Out" -- Estonian/Latvian"
"Unchechen" - U.K.
"If I Could Tell" -- (elderly LGBT's in Finland) -- SETA
.....arranged by Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural organization in this its 30th anniversary year!),
ILGCN (international rainbow cultural network) Information Secretariat-Stockholm, Nordic Rainbow
Humanists and Bears International.

Tuesday, September 10, 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!


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

  • 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


RFSL Södertälje: http://sodertalje.rfsl.se/
photo by Sara Lindquist

Sami line-up Queering Sampi.jpg

Saturday, May 4, 2019


MAY 17 -- ILGCN joins with Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers) for a May 17 event saluting IDAHO Day and Estonian 101 year-independence at Estonia House in Stockholm.  (Program in ILGCN and Tupilak facebooks.)

GOTHENBURG -- ILGCN and Tupilak will have several seminars on LGBT culture and history and Nordic co-operation at 
WestPride, Gothenburg June 12-16. Works from the  ILGCN & Tupilak Travelling Rainbow Art & Photo Exhibition will 
be displayed at the event. (Now works from over 60 countries!)

AUGUST 9 -- ILGCN Information Secretariat-Stockholm will ask all ILGCN members and friends to join us in a "skål"
 to the International Day of Rainbow Culture on August 9 -- also the birthday of Finnish author and painter, Tove Jansson
 - creator of the "Mumintroll.

OCTOBER --ILGCN and Tupilak will join forces -- and encourage LGBT organizations in the Nordic region -- for
the 4th Nordic Month of Rainbow Culture & History -- October, 2019 (in a dozen Nordic cities).

Nordic Month -- Stockholm, October 27: :  "Skål" to Nordic LGBT History
Swedish researcher Oscar von Seth on German writer, Herman Hesse
StockholmOctober 28-30  ILGCN's 1st Nordic Pride including  Nordic Rainbow Humanist 
seminar  with Rolf Solheim, Norway.  Nordic Council parliamentarians.

Nordic Month -- StockholmOctober 31  International seminar on Rainbow History & Culture
"Bears on the Barricades - breaking the stereotypes" -- Bears International
"Bears working with colleagues in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland"
 -- John Earhart, Bamse Norwegian Bears

(ILGCN secretary generals, ambassadors and co-ordinators welcome!  (Alas we have no travel grants but will find private accommodation to eliminate hotel costs!)
OTHER ILGCN EVENTS? Discussion continue about ILGCN events in Budapest and Malta in the autumn. 
Any ILGCN'ers interest in attending...?  Helping out...?  Contact us!
ERATO -- next web publication in preparation.  Any notices, articles, photos for publication..?

ILGCN AWARDS 2019  -- Recommendations wanted for "Sappho in Paradise" (literature, libraries),
                                        "Orfeo Iris" (Nazi, neo Nazi research), "Arco Nordica,
                                        "Clio's Silver Cup" (history), "Orfeo Imago" (art & photos), "Wings" (film)

                                     -- "Orfeo Musica 2018" -- Swedish singer, song writer Cristina Kjellsson
                                                                           (to be handed over at WestPride-Gothenburg, June, 2019)

                                    --  "Orfeo Music 2019" -- Swedish singer, song writer Elise Street (handed over
                                                          on International Day Against Discrimination, March 21, in Stockholm)
                                                                           -- Veteran British singer, song writer Tom Robinson

Bill Schiller of the ILGCN Information Secretariat - Stockholm

Saturday, April 20, 2019


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