Twelve years into annually reporting on the human rights situation of LGBTQIA+ people, Europe’s leading LGBTQIA+ equality organisation finds that pervasive hate speech across the region has led to life or death consequences.
RAINBOW EUROPE MAP AND INDEX 2022 | These are the LGBTQIA-friendly and LGBTQIA-unfriendly countries in Europe
As democracy in Europe comes under growing pressure, the annual ILGA-Europe Rainbow Map and Index identify steps forward on LGBTI rights in several countries.
Passenger Locator Form to mostly disappear, except if you enter Belgium from outside the European Union, including stopovers
On Friday 4 March 2022, the Consultative Committee of Governments in Belgium has announced a major relaxation of coronavirus countermeasures in the Kingdom under Code Yellow. You will only need to wear a face mask on public transport (train, tram, bus, metro) and in hospitals or other collective care facility. This ‘almost back to normal’…
Political and governmental homophobia and transphobia in Europe not necessarily backed by public opinion
A report from ILGA-Europe, the leading LGBTQI organisation in Europe and Central Asia finds that amid a rise in official anti-LGBTI rhetoric fuelling a wave of hate crime in every country in Europe, there is a growing institutional resolve to tackle hatred and exclusion.
Belgium turns orange after nine months in red on European COVID-19 travel map
Belgium is about to become an orange area again after being a red zone for nine months. After the Kingdom of Belgium itself allowed leisure travel abroad again, turning orange is big factor for travel.
So we can travel, but where to?
From today, we can travel to and from Belgium. That travel can be non-essential. But while we can leave Belgium for another member state of the European Union or a member state of the Schengen Area, it is important to research which country is welcoming tourists.
Belgium allows non-essential leisure travel from and to EU Member States
The Consultative Committee of Governments has as expected decided to allow non-essential leisure travel from and to member states of the European Union. Starting 19 April. But it’s not a free pass.
Belgium to allow leisure travel within European Union and Schengen Area from 19 April
COVID-19 | The updated Ministerial Decree of Minister of the Interior Annelies Verlinden (CD&V) confirms leisure travel outside Belgium and within the European Union and the Schengen Area will be allowed from 19 April. That is after the Easter School Holiday.
Should you visit San Marino?
I love microstates. I love how they survived history to remain independent. They survived aggression by bigger powers and show a middle finger to expectations of rationalisation, logic and simplification. In 2015 I made a stop in the Most Serene Republic of San Marino.
RAINBOW EUROPE MAP AND INDEX 2020 | These are the LGBT-friendly and LGBT-unfriendly countries in Europe
ILGA-Europe, Europe‘s umbrella for LGBTQI umbrella organisations, publishes each year its Rainbow Map and Rainbow Index ranking 49 European countries. 2020 is doomed to be coupled to the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, which also influences the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex people.