Trans and intersex rights at the forefront of positive change for LGBTQIA+ people in Europe, the 2023 Rainbow Map and Index by ILGA-Europe finds. Despite intense anti-LGBTQIA+ attacks in several countries, equality is still advancing across Europe.
ILGA-EUROPE | 2022 deadliest rise in homophobic and transphobic violence in over a decade
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.
REVIEW | Celebrity Reflection
It was spring 2022 with the biggest COVID-19 travel restrictions gradually being lifted it was time for the first big holiday for my boyfriend and I. As I wanted to convince my boyfriend that travelling without his beloved car can also be fun I decided to drag him along on a Mediterranean cruise on Celebrity…
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.
Not only Prague: RegioJet European Sleeper preparing Ostend – Warsaw night train
Night train news! European Sleeper is not only looking for a train path from Ostend in Belgium to Prague in Czechia via Brussels, Antwerp, Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Berlin (Germany), but also a train path to Warsaw in Poland.
European Union declared ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’ but reality is quite different
On 11 March 2021, the European Parliament passed a resolution declaring the European Union a ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone‘. This resolution was a reaction to self-declared LGBT-free and ‘LGBT-ideology’ free zones in Poland and Hungary. But ILGA-Europe made a state of the European Union regarding the real-life situation of queer people in the EU.
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.
European Sleeper night train: Ostend – Prague instead of Brussels – Prague?
European Sleeper and RegioJet could become an Ostend – Amsterdam – Prague night train. For RegioJet, it would be a logical decision. Treinreiziger.nl spoke to the Czech discount rail operator.