On 28, 29 and 30 July 2023 the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Stavelot near the spa town of Spa will host the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix, perhaps for the last time.
67 countries where gay sex is illegal
On Friday, 14 April 2023, the Cook Islands in the Pacific Ocean decriminalised homosexuality by repealing the law “indecent acts between males”. Time for an update of the list. Both ILGA World and Erasing 76 Crimes count the countries and US states which have laws against gay sex. Spoiler alert: the number of countries criminalising…
Royal de Luxe Giants return to Antwerp from 25 to 27 August 2023
From Friday 25 to Sunday 27 August, the city of Antwerp will again welcome the Giants of Royal de Luxe, the famous French street theater company. Royal de Luxe has visited Antwerp several times over the past 20 years with their impressive performances. Even now, the arrival of these giants is traditionally accompanied by a…
MONKEYPOX IN BELGIUM | Darklands warns visitors, as gay men are more at risk
Gay fetish and kinks festival Darklands has sent an email to its visitors to warn them for monkeypox, the ‘new’ disease spreading. “The health department of the Belgian government has confirmed three cases of the monkeypox virus linked to visitors at Darklands”, the festival communicates to its visitors.
71 (68) countries where gay sex is illegal
The 17th of May is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia. IDAHOBIT, or more commonly in Belgium, IDAHOT. As it falls on a Tuesday this year and Tuesday is one of our default publishing days with Thursday and Sunday, I’d thought I’d take a look at the state of affairs regarding state-sponsored…
AfricaMuseum in Tervuren near Brussels
In December 2021, we visited the AfricaMuseum or Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) in Tervuren. A historic building and institution in Belgium, it obviously has a controversial subject, as Belgium had the Congo, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as a colony. When one mentions colony, one mentions abuse, exploitation and worse.
BERLIN 2021 | Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace
Autumn 2021. In theory we could travel to other continents, but destinations we had in mind such as Japan or the United Kingdom were impossible to plan ahead. Instead we organised a rail trip to Eastern Europe, travelling to Berlin, Gdańsk, Wrocław, Karlovy Vary, Pilsen, Bratislava, Poprad, Vienna, Linz and Salzburg. By travelling to Germany,…
REVIEW | ‘Eurasia – A Landscape of Mutability’ exhibition at Antwerp’s M HKA modern arts museum
On Friday, the ‘Eurasia‘ exhibition opened at Antwerp‘s modern arts museum M HKA or Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst in Antwerpen. As museumPASSmusées holders, Thanh and I visited the exhibition on a beautiful autumn Saturday.
To be or not to be out and proud LGBTQ when travelling?
The 17th of May is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Let’s take a moment to talk about being lesbian, gay, bi, trans*, queer, … when travelling.