Description of the city
Population: 250.000 inhabitants
Pursue an equal society and acceptance for LGBT cannot be achieved on your own. That is why we are opting for the Rainbow network Ghent – a structural consultation of municipal departments, midfield organizations, the Ghent University, the police, Unia region Ghent and ECM representatives – as the pivot of the Ghent-based LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) policy.
On January 17th 2014, the members of this local network signed the Rainbow Declaration, the basis of an integrated approach of discrimination of LGBT in the city. In line with the six Objectives of the Rainbow Declaration, they will set up actions to transform Ghent into a LGBT-friendly city.
- Information and awareness raising of Ghent citizens
- Collect knowledge and expertise
- Support Ghent LGBT population
- Increase equal opportunities and safety in Ghent
- Attention for LGBT in the offer and the image
- Cooperation with relevant partners and target groups
In the past few years, successful initiatives were set up. Nevertheless, it is obvious that there are still quite some remaining challenges. Hence, the City of Ghent decided to intensify the LGBT policy and elaborate an annual Rainbow action plan on May 17th, with 27 varied actions within multiple domains and focus areas.
- Safety in the public domain: training for all police officers, hate crime network meeting, awareness campaigns for reporting hate crime, contact point for hate crimes embedded within the police, reference police and justice officers for hate crimes.
- Sensitizing (youth): providing educational tools for schools, sensitizing theatre plays, setting up Gay Straight Alliances, LGBT Youth Book Month, training of youth soccer coaches.
- Support of the Ghent LGBT population: subsidies for the regional umbrella organisation, attention for the LGBT’s in the city imaging, subsidies for LGBT activities concerning ethnic cultural diversity, visibility of the rainbow as the symbol of the LGBT community.
Publications and other materials
Educational toolbox: a multimedia booklet and short movies about gender sterotypes and sexual orientation, suited to make the LGBT topic accessible within youngster groups in a fun manner.