No, Darklands 2020 in Antwerp wasn’t completely carefree. There were already signs of the coronavirus, as COVID-19 was usually called back then. But still, it was the last dance. The last major gay event in Belgium. A few days later, on Friday 13 March 2020, the Government announced the first coronavirus countermeasures.
Belgium forbids non-essential travel, i.e. leisure travel or tourism abroad. This coronavirus countermeasure is prolonged until 1 April 2021. The Government fears ski fans will import new variants of the virus.
Welcome, 2019. A special year. Fifty years ago, in June 1969, patrons of The Stonewall Inn in New York grew tired of yet another raid by the police. Gay, lesbians, bisexuals and mostly: transgenders, transvestites and dragqueens fought back. Those were the Stonewall Riots.
The twelfth edition of Antwerp Pride will take place from Wednesday 7 to Sunday 11 August 2019.
When I saw my friend Oriol Mundó‘s photos of Costa Rica on Instagram, I lured him to tell the story of his trip by inviting him for a brunch on Sunday. What else should one do on Sunday?