ILGCN (International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network)
Press Release 26.10.05
Discussions continue for a stage in 2006 or later in Istanbul
Stockholm -- The stages of the annual ILGCN World Conference on Lesbian & Gay Culture will be in Moscow: May 24 (part of the first IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia) conference in the Russian capital May 24-27 and following the international IDAHO day on May 17), Jerusalem as part of World Pride: August 6-12 and Minsk: October 7-8 (part of the Belarus solidarity events in exile and underground in this the last dictatorship in Europe.
Plans continue under discussion about a possible stage in Istanbul in 2006 or as soon as possible in support of the courageous Turkish lesbian and gay rights movement facing renewed homophobic attacks from politicians and others.
ILGCN discussions in Montreal ?
Our original plans to have an ILGCN world conference stage at the giant Montreal Right to be Different conference --July 26-29, 2006 will be substituted hopefully by a seminar on ILGCN international solidarity and panelled by a number of ILGCN co-ordinators and cultural ambassadors -- since the large size and number of other sub conferences in Montreal will make it difficult to hold a separate conference on rainbow culture on the sidelines, says Bill Schiller of the ILGCN Information Secretariat in Stockholm and ILGCN conference co-ordinator.
But we are convinced that this pioneering conference in Montreal will give a crucial and enormous input into the homo rights movement all over the globe -- especially in Eastern Europe where both the local activists and supporting international brigades are fighting life-and-death battles on the barricades.