Antwerp’s Letterenhuis ft. Paul van Ostaijen exhibition

The Letterenhuis in Antwerp is the literary archive of Flanders. It collects and preserves manuscripts, letters, photographs and other documents by writers, poets, publishers and literary magazines from 1800 to the present. Thanh and I went for a visit while the ‘Boem Paukeslag. Bezette Stad 100!‘ exhibition was (is) on.

#Zaakzonderhaat, a symbol for LGBTQI safe spaces in Antwerp

On International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) – 17 May – Antwerp Pride, Mister Gay Belgium, Het Roze Huis, Unia and the Antwerp horeca federation are launching Zaak Zonder Haat, Business Without Hate, with accompanying #zaakzonderhaat. It has the support of the City of Antwerp and Police Zone Antwerp.

Malta wins 2021 Eurovision Song Contest

‘Je me casse‘ by Destiny from Malta will win the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. At least according to OUTtv‘s Eurovision fans. OUTtv is Europe‘s main LGBTQI themed lifestyle broadcaster, with presence in Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ireland, Israel, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain and Sweden. 

Rainbow flags in every city and municipality in Flanders

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. 

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.