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.
How gay friendly are trending travel destinations Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine?
ILGA-Europe published its ‘LGBTI Enlargement Review‘ for 2023, looking at the state of affairs regarding the protection of LGBTQIA+ people and their equality of human rights compared to their straight friends, family and neighbours in ten countries who want to join the European Union. These countries are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro,…
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.
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.
August 2021. Not only are there still coronavirus countermeasures, but I’m also on the lookout for activities which don’t involve eating and drinking. I really want to keep my weight in check. So after Troll Forest at De Schorre in Boom with Oriol, Thanh and I took the S32 train to Roosendaal, just across the…
ANTWERP | ‘Stories of Refuge’ exhibition at Red Star Line Museum
Until 11 December, the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp hosts the temporary exhibition ‘Stories of Refuge‘. A topical exhibition, now with the war Russia is waging against Ukraine.
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.
AfricaMuseum in Tervuren near Brussels
In December 2021, we visited the AfricaMuseum or Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) in Tervuren. A historic building and institution in Belgium, it obviously has a controversial subject, as Belgium had the Congo, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as a colony. When one mentions colony, one mentions abuse, exploitation and worse.
REVIEW | Louis de Funès exhibition at Cinéma Palace Brussels
After some high-brow art by David Hockney and after some tummy-filling lunch at Jat with Nicolas, Nicolas and I visited the Louis de Funès exhibition at Cinéma Palace in Brussels.
REVIEW | Orient-Express exhibition at Train World, Brussels’ railway museum
Today, Train World in Brussels‘ Schaerbeek railway station opened its Orient-Express exhibition. The exhibition recounts the story of this legendary train brand and its creator, Georges Nagelmackers.