No parade for Antwerp Pride 2021. The ‘Empire of Freedom’ – or ‘Rijk der Vrijheid‘ in Dutch – comes a little too late, says the organising committee. But there are several main events. Bars and restaurants also plan their pride events.
Monday – 17 May – is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). For many years now, the ‘official’ LGBTQI movement has organised a visibility action by asking cities, communes, municipalities and districts in Flanders to fly the rainbow flag.
It is no surprise there will not be a physical pride parade again this year in Brussels. COVID-19 and coronavirus countermeasures are spoiling that party. The Belgian Pride will instead hold a livestream broadcasted from the Grande Place / Grote Markt.
What about the Belgian Pride in Brussels in May 2021? Organizer The Belgian Pride (with article) remains tight-lipped on the subject. But it is mobilising businesses, corporations, non-governmental organisations, institutions et al. to fly the rainbow flag in May. That project is called RainbowCity.Brussels.
In response to the backsliding of LGBTIQ rights in member states of the European Union, notably Poland and Hungary, MEPs declared the EU an ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone‘ on Thursday 11 March.