Çavaria is the main LGBTQI+ advocacy organisation in Flanders.
Kartonnen Dozen is the last LGBTQI+ bookshop in Dutch-speaking Europe, i.e. The Netherlands and Belgium. There are also none in Suriname, Sint Eustatius, Saba, Bonaire, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten.
The name of the bookshop translates as Cardboard Boxes in English and is actually the title of a gay coming of age novel by Tom Lannoye.
Apart from SOGIESC themed books, Johanna M Pas also sells DVD’s, memorabilia and other products you can find in bookshops. Mostly in Dutch, but also in English and sometimes in French.
SOGIESC, by the way, stands for sexual orientation (lesbian, bi, gay, …), gender identity and expression (cisgender, transgender, non-binary, …) and sex characteristics (e.g. intersex).
Pas and Kartonnen Dozen also sometimes publish novels and poetry. The bookshop also makes point of organizing book presentation, lectures and small events.
Kartonnen Dozen started life as ‘t Verschil, which was a shop and a publishing house. Under those two names, the initiative has been active for 25 years now.
Protest to support the Polish LGBT+ community won the Campaign Award. This group of activists in Brussels keeps an eye on what’s happening in Poland regarding LGBTQI+ issues.
- ‘Rainbow Doesn’t Offend – Court Trials Against Polish Activists (Podcast)‘;
- ‘Europe fails to protect its LGBTI-citizens‘;
- ‘A Europe without values is not worthy to be called a Union‘;
- ‘“They are trying to intimidate us”: Polish activists sued for exposing LGBTI Free Zones‘;
Just before his 100th birthday, early gay activist Paul Rademakers (°1920) received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his pioneering work voor LGBTQI+ people in Antwerp. Paul is still alive.
Portrait of Johanna Pas by Marian Coppieters, via çavaria’s press release.
Portrait of Paul Rademakers by çavaria.