ulture is a life enhancing and identity-building factor in all societies
and social groups. The International Lesbian and Gay Cultural Network,
(ILGCN) was founded in Paris in 1992 with the object of working
with culture and cultural events to contribute to the ending of
discrimination against gays and lesbians, to show the contribution
that they have made to the culture of society at large, and to increase
contacts between “our” cultural workers world-wide.
We have regularly published a quarterly journal in the English
language - ERATO. We have co-ordinators in both North and
South America, Australia, a number of European countries, Asia,
and contact with cultural workers in Africa. The network nominates
Cultural Ambassadors, organises cultural assistance/visits where
its limited resources can be of help.
The ILGCN has appointed ”cultural ambassadors” from the smaller
nations or from countries where not many cultural personalities
have dared to take the step of coming-out on the stage, in front
of a TV camera or at an exhibition hall.
This list of dancers, singers, musicians, photographers, and artists
are being invited to local and national pride events, international
happenings, and world cultural conferences. More organizers realize
that homo culture that those who ”come out singing” or wave other
”cultural flags” can be a most powerful weapon against homophobia
The network cannot act as agents for the performers. We have neither
the work-force nor the experience.
Within the limitations of their professional work and the problems
caused by a general lack of money, our cultural ambassadors, - openly
gay and lesbian performers and artists - agree to perform or otherwise
support the cultural events of the movement, for the minimum which
they can afford. Perhaps only for travel costs, or for a reduced
fee. Should they be in „your“ area anyway, perhaps even for next
Further information can be obtained from
International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network
ILGCN, c/o Mann-O-Meter, Motzstr. 5.
10777 Berlin, Germany
e-Mail: ilgcn (at) web.de
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