fredag 29 augusti 2014

CONTEST:
‘The Best Anti-Discrimination
Journalist in Belarus-2014’
TUPILAK (Queer Cultural Workers in the Nordic Region, www.tupilak.org) in cooperation with the Belarusian LGBT journalists (www.gaypress.eu) announces a professional contest for the Belarusian journalists on the best anti-discrimination reporting. The best authors of articles and/or photo-audio-video reports, fostering equality of different social groups in the Belarusian society will be announced by TUPILAK during a round table discussion on ‘Equal Rights for LGBT. The Role of Mass Media and Civil Society’ in Vilnius on October 11, 2014. The winners will receive special awards from TUPILAK.
It is suggested that the contest materials have to appear in the media within the period since January 1, 2014 till August 31, 2014. The contest materials have to be submitted to the e-mail address (gayjour@gmail.com) for consideration no later than on September 30, 2014.


КОНКУРС:
“Найлепшы журналіст-барацьбіт з
дыскрымінацыяй у Беларусі-2014”
Культурніцкая ЛГБТ арганізацыя паўночных краінаў ТУПІЛАК у супрацоўніцтве з беларускімі журналістамі, якія ўваходзяць або падтрымліваюць ЛГБТ супольнасці (www.gaypress.eu) абвяшчае прафесійны конкурс на найлепшы журналісцкі матэрыял на антыдыскрымінацыйную праблематыку.
Аўтары найлепшых друкаваных і Інтэрнэт-артыкулаў і/ці фота-аўдыё-відэа рэпартажаў, якія прасоўваюць ідэю роўнасці розных сацыяльных групаў у беларускім грамадстве, будуць абвешчаныя падчас круглага стала на тэму “Роўныя правы для ЛГБТ. Роля СМІ і грамадзянскай супольнасці”, які адбудзецца ў Вільні 11 кастрычніка 2014 года. Пераможцы конкурсу атрымаюць адмысловыя ўзнагароды ад ТУПІЛАКУ.
Чакаецца, што конкурсныя матэрыялы павінны з’явіцца ў прэсе ў перыяд з 1 студзеня па 31 жніўня 2014 года. Матэрыялы конкурсу маюць быць скіраваныя на разгляд журы на электронны адрас gayjour@gmail.com не пазней за 30 верасня 2014 года.

måndag 2 december 2013

STOCKHOLM SALUTE TO EASTERN EUROPEAN RAINBOW BARRICADES

     Stockholm -- Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural workers)ILGCN (international rainbow cultural network)Swedish Green Party and Folk Lore Centrum in Stockholm joined forces on November 13, 2013 in the Swedish capital to make an international salute to colleagues on the Eastern European Rainbow Barricades .
 
     Speakers and participants from Sweden, USA, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Belarus, Turkey and Azerbeijan included parliamentarians, diplomats, NGO LGBT activists and supporters -- commenting on the importance of international solidarity, the role of visting parliamentarians and ambassadors coming to support threatened Prides and other events and the use of rainbow culture to complement the legislative struggles and to combat homophobia and invisibility.
   
    "We really appreciated the early Swedish support from the embassy, from visiting parliamentarians and supporters from Tupilak, the ILGCN other other NGO organizations," said Robert Biedrón, the first gay member of the Polish Parliament and the first LGBT rights rapporteur of the Council of Europe, brought to the Stockholm event by the Polish Institute here.

     "I'm honored to be here today and to see Robert again as we are working together for LGBT rights in the Council of Europe," said gay Swedish Social Democratic ParliamentarianJonas Gunnarsson, commenting on this event in the First Chamber of the Swedish Parliament-- the historic chamber where Swedish welfare state legislation was passed.

     "This conference is a salute to our LGBT friends in Eastern Europe who keep fighting for a society where all of us can be ourselves and show it without fear," said Helena LeanderSwedish Green Party Parliamentarian and LGBT spokesperson. 

      "I was honored to be invited to the Polish Parliament recently to discuss the importance of parliaments speaking out in support of LGBT rights," said Swedish Liberal Parliamentarian, Barbro Westerholm.

                                 Polish Institute Support for LGBT Culture

   "We are proud to include LGBT cultural activities, to have helped bring such guests as well-known Polish gay art curator Pawel Leszkowicz to Stockholm and to have received an award diploma from Tupilak," said the new director of the Polish Institute in Stockholm, Arkadiusz Bernás

    "The Russian law banning so called "LGBT propaganda" is a clear violation of human rights and there are real dangers of other countries following Russia's example," said Cecilia Rosing of Sweden's Civil Rights Defenders.

    "The political turmoil in Turkey is worsening the conditions for the LGBT struggle in my country -- so international co-operation is even more important than ever," said Ömer Akpinar, web editor of Kaos GL --the Turkish human rights organization in Ankara.

     "The new law in Russia banning positive LGBT information is clearly responsible for recent hate crimes of violence and even murder of LGBT people in Russia," said Aleksandr Kukharskii, of the gay organization Kirilja (Wings) of St. Petersburg.

     "The situation for LGBT people in Belarus continues to worsen, with police raids on gay-friendly bars, humiliating interrogations and violence -- driving some into exile," said Dzmitry Karmazin, working at the Radio Radcyja which beams information to Belarus from across the border in Poland.

     The Turkish, Russian and Belarus journalists were able to attend the Stockholm events thanks to support from the Swedish Institute.

         "Realities are different behind the "modern" buildings in a homophobic Azerbaijan. LGBTQ  people suffer from discrimination in all aspects of their lives -- domestic violence, hate crimes, police harrassment and brutality, stigma, blackmail, intimdation, bribery and invasions of privacy.  They have no legal protection against discrimination," said Aytan Mammadi of Azerbaijan and now seeking asylum in Sweden.

       "Our Swedish and Belarus delegations to Kiev Pride earlier this year, sponsored by the Swedish Institute, with a hundred participants facing large crowds of homophobic counter demonstrators, was a successful example of international solidarity and Ukrainian police doing their job to protect both the foreign visitors and the Ukrainian participants," said Monica Collins ofTupilak-Sweden.    

    "It's an honor for us to be here in this chamber and to have some of our colleagues from the Eastern European barricades with us here," said Tomas Woodski, chairman of Tupilak.
  
    "The international humanist movement has long supported LGBT rights and criticizes discrimination and persecution of LGBT persons by all the worlds' religions," said Carl-Johan Kleberg of the Swedish Humanists.      

    "We have a strong need to discuss and work out strategies for future LGBT work," said Ulrika Westerlund, president of the Swedish LGBTQ organization RFSL.
                                        LGBT Monuments -- Past or Future?

     "We were pleased to screen our short film here about our LGBT monument created with stones in the Swedish island capital of Visby -- so that Sweden could join others in Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Matthausen, Auschwitz and elsewhere with their symbols honornng those persecuted, imprisonted, executed and mudered over the centuries.  Work which parliamentarians and NGO's could get together on -- since history is never only the past...? " asked Bill SchillerTupilak's international secretary and secretary general of the ILGCN Information Secretariat-Stockolm.
                                  
   "Perhaps Lithunia, Poland and Sweden could work togther on a future LGBT project," suggested Lithuanian Culture Attaché, Saulé Mazeikaité in the discussions following the formal presentations.
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   Joining many of the participants later in the day at the Folk Lore Centrum, director Izzy Young provided American LGBT poems, Sweden's Anders Ödvall with Brazilian songs from his work with youngsters in Rio de Janeiro each year and songs and music from Swedish singer and song writer, Robert Hill

    "Films are a powerful tool to reach over cultural and geographic borders and to focus on all aspects of the diversified LGBT community everywhere," Gunnar Almér, working with international relations at the Swedish Film Institute, told the gathering.  Also part of the program, a poem from Azerbaijan and a Mad Monk monologe about the search for "rainbow clouds."

   The event was also a salute to colleagues around the world honoring the November 9 international day against facism.

More information:  info@tupilak.org    www.tupilak.org    www.ilgcn.tupilak.org

lördag 2 november 2013

Stockholm, November 1, 2013

Untitled Document

Salute to those on the
"Rainbow Barricades in Eastern Europe"
Stockholm, Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Discussions of ongoing work, the importance of international LGBT co-operation, support for colleagues on the LGBT rainbow barricades in Eastern Europe, future strategies, and the use of rainbow culture as a powerful weapon against silence, intolerance and homophobia. Arranged by Sweden´s Green Party and taking place at the Swedish Parliaments´s Första Kammeren (the historic First Chamber, entrance Riksplan).

12:00

Opening Film (5:00 min.):

"LGBT Monuments" (from Visby to Berlin, Mauthausen to Barcelona)
by Willi Reichhold, Sweden

Opening Words:

Helena Leander, Swedish Green Party Parliamentarian

Introduction of the Speakers:

Bill Schiller, ILGCN (International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network)/Tupilak (Nordic organization of LGBT cultural workers)

Speakers:

Robert Biedrón, LGBT activist and the first openly gay member of the Polish Parliament of the Ruch Palikota - Palikot’s Movement.
Barbro Westerholm, Swedish Liberal Party parliamentarian (recently speaking at the Polish Parliament).
Aleksandr Kukharskii, Russian gay organization "Kirilja" / Russian input at the ILGA European conference - Croatia, October 2013.
Martin Ugglas, Sweden's "East Group (Östgruppen)" focusing on Belarus, Russia, former Soviet states.
Aytan M.,"LGBT reality in Azerbaijan today, strategies for tomorrow".
Dzmitry Karmazin, Belarus exile radio station "Radio Racyja".
Cecilia Rosing, Civil Rights Defenders (Sweden): "Behind the Russian propaganda laws: the rise of LGBT-grasroots and a larger trend of repression".
Ömer Akpinar, Web editor of "Kaos," Turkish human rights organization, Ankara.
Monica Collins, "Tupilak delegation to Kiev Pride, 2013"

20 minute intermission, with film (5:00 min.):

ILGCN Swedish, Belaruss, Ukrainian happening - Kiev

14:00

Ulrika Westerlund – President of RFSL (national Swedish LGBT organization) "Strategies for the Future."
Israel Young – Folk Lore Center, Stockholm "Culture vs. intolerance"
Henrik Husgavel – Novel Travel: "The importance of international exchange: Breaking the isolation."
Bill Schiller – Tupilak/ILGCN culture in Eastern Europe/rainbow culture at World Pride-Toronto, 2014.

Closing comments:

From Russian, Belarus, and Turkish guests, others.

Closing film (5.00 min.):

"Nordic, Eastern European Rainbow Art & Photography – On the Road"

19:00

Rainbow cultural and solidaritet happening at the Folk Lore Centrum (Wollmar Yxkullsg. 2 – T-ban MariaTorget). Art, photos, films, music, poetry. Songs by Robert Hill and Anders(Brazil) Ödvall. And a salute to the world-wide colleagues honoring the International Day Against Facism.


lördag 13 juli 2013


From the Tupilak/ILGCN international desk:
Tupilak/ILGCN delegation to Kiev Pride: part of the Swedish-Institute supported Belarus-Sweden-Ukraine LGBT SolidarityMay 24-26, 2013.
Minsk in October, Stockholm: November 13-16, Vilnius: December

Tupilak/ILGCN at West Pride Gothenburg May 30th-June 2, 2013: with seminars on rainbow culturerainbow historyNordic co-operation and rainbow co-operation with Eastern Europe.



LIVING RAINBOW HISTORY MUSEUM: April 25, May 13 (last sessions of the spring of 2013) 

Stockholm:  The last two sessions of the spring 2013  of the Living Rainbow History Museum took place at the PositHIVagruppen local in Stockholm April 25 and May 13 with art work, photography, presentatons, music, poetry, film screenings and award ceremonies.

Receiving awards were Sahar Mosleh and her woman, Mayram, (Sweden/Iran) acceptning Tupilak's Sowelus 2013 award for their contribution to LGBT lesbian cuture and their outstanding film,"Sahar and her Wife." 

The ILGCN/Sappho in Paradis  award (for outstanding publications and journalism) was visiting Belarus website LGBT journalist Aliaksandr Paluyan of GAYBE.NET -- in Sweden thanks to the Swedish Institute's journalist exchange program -- and QX-Sweden, received by QX publisher, Jon Voss.  Both provided background information about their work and their publications.

Among other presentations: Ulf Petersson of the Unstraight Museum with its next stop in Albania, Raino Kirkma with a history of the Stockhlm Gay Choir,  about the PositHIVagruppen activities by chairman Anders Björum and Serguey of the PG youth movement and on Norwegian contributions to LGBT culture here by Magne Eliassen.

Poetry readings were provided by Sweden's Tomas Åberg and a translation of works by Latvian gay poet, Darius and words 

Photography was provided by Jonas Norén and Elinore Lindén Strand, both of Sweden, as well as selections from the Tupilak & ILGCN Travelling Rainbow Art & Photography Exhibition.

Performances included songs by Axel Mihau of Poland/Sweden and the Mad Monk of Sweden and film screeings also included "Mishama -- the death mask" of Malga Kubiak of Sweden/Poland and "Why so Silent"by PG.


Sahar & Maryam at PG
Jon Voss & Aliaks at PG
Axel Mihau at PG

Bill at P

             
PRESS RELEASE
Stockholm, May 23, 2013

Future South African and Swedish LGBT Co-operation

Golden Tupilak Awarded to Nelson Mandela at South African Embassy


Bill Schiller & Ambassador Mandisa Dona Marasha (photos by Willi Reichhold)

Stockholm -- A delegation from Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural workers) handed over the 2013 Golden Tupilak award to former  President Nelson Mandela via the South African Embassy in the Swedish capital on May 21, 2013.

Receiving the award diploma on his behalf, South African Ambassador Mandisa Dona Marasha said, "This is a great honor and the diploma will be forwarded to Nelson Mandela and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa. We are also proud that South Africa under President Mandela was the first nation in the world to include "sexual orientation" in the clause on non-discrimination in its state constitution." 

In the embassy discussions of the worsening situation for LGBT people in parts of Africa, in Eastern Europe and elsewhere, First Secretary Eden Reid said, "It is important that the position of Mr. Mandela on LGBT rights is remembered as a reminder to many others today."

The award motivation mentions Mandela´s instructions --  while still in house arrest --  to his assistants not to send away rainbow-flag carrying demonstrators joining in the risk-filled protests chanting 'Free Nelson Mandela' since everyone was needed on the barricades NOW -- not later. 

It also points out that  Mandela -- on one of his first foreign trips as the new president of South Africa -- was asked at a Stockholm press conference what he would do for LGBT people in South Africa, he answered that he "...would leave no stone unturned" in work for the rights of LGBT people in the new South Africa.

"We feel that Nelson Mandela's pioneering position and continued support of LGBT rights is a strong message to many other political and religious leaders around the world trying to win support from reactionary homophobes by publically denouncing LGBT people -- even calling for their persecution, imprisonment and execution," said Bill Schiller, Tupilak's international secretary.

In discussions of future co-operation between Swedish and South African LGBT activists and cultural workers,Penny Hlanze, third secretary at the embassy, said, "We will be happy to help in assisting with contacts to LGBT organizations in South Africa and would very much like to see a mutual exchange between activists and cultural workers in our country and Sweden."

"South Africa has a long history of supporting culture as a powerful means of working against intolerance and discrimination," Eden Reid concluded.



This Tupilak's finest prize diploma has earlier gone to such individuals and organizations as Amnesty International, Sweden's Civil Rights Defenders, the international humanist movement, the EU's LGBT Network and those working within the United Nations trying to educate and enlighten representatives of homohobic governments which continue to deny human rights and dignity to all citizens.  

A "tupilak" is a Greenlandic voo doo figure cared out of bone by Inuit to destroy enemies.  Tupilak's enemies are homophobia and silence.

More information:  www.tupilak.org   info@tupilak.org      

fredag 12 juli 2013


PRESS RELEASE
Stockholm, May 20, 2013 

TUPILAK/ILGCN  WORKING FOR IMPRISONED BELARUS CLOTHING DESIGNER 
  
Stockholm -- Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural workers) and the ILGCN (international rainbow cultural network) have "adopted" imprisoned Belarus clothing designer Sasha Varlamov as a prisoner of conscience and as a victim of a greedy, corrupt undemocratic political system.
He has been accused (and still not sentenced after two years in detention!) and jailed in Belarus on false charges of tax evasion as a cover up for his resistance to the regime's take-over of his lucrative, internationally-recognized business -- a common method of compensating supporters or this the last dictatorship in Eastern Europe -- and as a punishment for Sasha's position as one of the few internationally-established Belarus citizens widely known as a homosexual.
Sasha is also seriously ill and is not receiving proper medical care in prison.
  
"We appeal for support from our Nordic colleagues in Nordic LGBT organizations and media in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroes, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as well as international LGBT organizations such as ILGAILGA-Europe and the international youth organization, IGLYO," says Bill Schiller, chairman of Tupilak and secretary general of the ILGCN Information Secretariat- Stockholm.
"We will try to visit Sasha in person when our delegation arrives in Minsk -- a visit made possible thanks to continued support from the Swedish Institute -- the official institution promoting international exchange between Sweden and other countries," Schiller adds.
Letters of support for Sasha -- and even crucial post card greetings -- can be sent to AleksandrVarlamov, SIZO №1, ul. Volodarskogo, 2, 220050 Minsk, Belarus.

Please avoid mentioning Sasha's gay status in your letters and cards as this could worsen his treatment by prison staff.
Suggested lines in Russian:
Саша, держитесь. Мы помним о Вас. Справедливость восторжествует!

More information:   www.Tupilak.org    info@tupilak.org     www.ilgcn.tupilak.org    

lördag 13 april 2013

Latvian-Belarus-Swedish Rainbow Cultural Event
Riga, April 18-21, 2013

April 18, 18:30 – 20:30
"Humanism vs. Religious Dragons/European Rainbow Humanists" -- Rolf Solheim, Norway

April 19, 18:30 – 21:30
International Live Rainbow Museum
Latvian Presentations and Performances:
Anna Jurkovska, a popular photographer and Jolanta Cihanovica, a public person, will present the pilot photo-project "Men, women, angels"on people, individuality and gender.

Olga Helly, an artist, will present her popular LGBT comic strip.

Katrina Gaile, an artist, and Jade, a genderqueer graphic artist, will present their art.

Jolanta Cihanovica, an actress, will give a performance

Ieva, a journalist from a popular Latvian magazine.

Special guest: Olga Kononova (a transsexual women and Work of Art herself)

Film: selections from a Czech TV programme “Q” about Olga Helly’s dolls and LGBT
culture in Latvia.



International Presentations and Performances:

Belarus: Rainbow in chains -- Belarus LGBT Journalist Network

Rainbow culture & history -- Tupilak/ILGCN

>Nordic Rainbow co-operation with Eastern Europe - Tupilak/ILGCN

A summary of "Humanism vs. Religious Dragons/European Rainbow Humanists" -- Rolf
Solheim, Norway

"Nordic Rainbow Islands & Remote Regions" -- Mariahamn-Stockholm
archipelago-Visby -- Tupilak/ILGCN.

Peter "Sexodus" Fröberg - songs and music from Sweden

The Mad Monk of Sweden -- a rainbow monologue

Short films: "LGBT Monuments," "Survival" by Willi Reichhold, Sweden



Travelling Tupilak & ILGCN Rainbow Art & Photography Exhibition


"Sexodos"


Art from Serbia


Estonia


Sweden


Belarus



April 20 23:00 – all night, at the Golden Club



Q-PARTY!!!

The Q-party is a possibility to dress up for the party, wearing what you have always wanted to wear, but have not had a place to come in such an appearance. People can become Art, using themselves as the creator, the creating and the creative process. A costume competition in the following categories: drag kings, drag queens, carnival, subcultures, BDSM and freak out. Everyone is free to choose whether to participate in the costume competition or just to enjoy the party. The party will be held in two languages – in English and Latvian. After the costume competition we’ll have music and fun!



Very Welcome!
-- Yolanta and Olga in Riga, Rolf in Oslo, Journalist Network in Minsk, Bill in Stockholm