brussels be equal
Equal rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders don’t diminish the rights or achievements of any other person. On the contrary, the acknowledgement of those rights make us, as a society on the whole, much stronger. Because the acknowledgement of the particularities of each individual debunk fear and hate.

 

This is why it’s important to execute an all-inclusive policy, a policy which of course includes and defends to rights of LGBT-people especially. Brussels, as the capital or Europe, should be a leading city in this aspect. With a population of 1,2 million people from over more than 160 nationalities we already are a city of the future. The superdiversity already exists here. And in such a global context, we should focus on broading people’s minds, changing any negative attitudes towards LGBT-people that may exist through education and awareness raising, with a special focus on that diversity. Furthermore there isn’t any room for violence or any kind of discrimination of the sort. We are working hard on anti-discrimination legislation, awareness raising campaigns such as a reporting street harassment, international conferences such as IDAHOT 2017 and Pride 2020, educational support for teachers and students and foremost working with the Brussels LGBT-organizations of whom I am most proud for all the work they deliver for our society.

Bianca Debaets, Secretary of State of Equal Opportunities of the Brussels Capital Region

Description of the city

As a capital many times over (of the federal state, of the French Community of Belgium, of the Flemish Community and of the Brussels-Capital Region), Brussels is also the political and administrative capital of the European Union. The Brussels-Capital Region, which has a French-speaking majority but is bilingual, French – Flemish, for administrative purposes, is made up of 19 municipalities, including the city of Brussels, and has about 1.2 million inhabitants.

Brussels is home to many foreigners  - of more than 160 nationalities -  on the one hand because of the presence of the European institutions and NATO, and on the other hand because of its immigrant population. Brussels is known the world over for the richness of its architectural and artistic heritage, but it also has some fine green spaces in the form of parks and the Forêt de Soignes close by.

Goal

The main goal of the LGBT policy of the Brussels-Capital Region is to improve the equal opportunities of lesbians, gays and transgender who live in the Brussels-Capital Region. This goal is twofold:  one aim is to act into civil society and raise awareness for LGBT issues, the other aim is to help LGBT citizens facing discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Focus areas

  • Developing awareness-raising projects on the topics of homophobia and transphobia, aimed at citizens
  • Strengthening the fight against homophobic and transphobic incidents (hate speech and crimes)
  • Providing training courses on LGBT issues for the Brussels police departments
  • Financial support of projects developed by Brussels LGBT organisations
  • Contribution to and implementation of the Federal Action Plan against Homophobia and Transphobia 2016/2019 (due to start end 2016)
  • Being an inclusive employer of LGBT staff

Collaboration partners

In order to achieve better results we collaborate with the following interest groups:

At an institutional level we collaborate with the Brussels municipalities, Unia ( Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities),  the Institute for the Equality of Women and Men, the French Community Commission (COCOF), the Flemish Community Commission (VGC) and the Common Community Commission (COCOM).

Contact

Regional Office of Equal Opportunities
Dirk Gille
Email: dgille@gob.brussels