LGBTQIA+ Guide

  

  

3rd in the International Lesbians & Gay Association-Europe rankings, Belgium has, for a long time, been committed to the rights and inclusion of LGBTQIA+ people. Brussels embodies the committed and festive reflection of this desire for inclusion: festivals, parties, associations... and a pride festival that brought together more than 200,000 people in 2022 under the rainbow flag. The capital has made open-mindedness and acceptance a real way of life, both for its inhabitants and for its visitors.

  

  • LGBTQIA+: the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, aromantic communities, their allies and all other communities (+)

Belgian Pride

Brussels Pride has been held in the capital every May since 1996 and opens European Pride season. A political, festive and cultural week with, as a highlight, the Pride festivities that take place on Saturday afternoon. On the agenda, a parade that travels through the city and a Pride Village that welcomes associations and bars, not forgetting a main stage where LGBTQIA+ artists and DJs perform for a party that attracts no less than 200,000 people. This celebration has never forgotten its origins: born of a struggle for the defence and respect of the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community.

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Belgium Bearpride Brussels

A week in September dedicated to the Bears and their friends.

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Rainbow Festival

A summer festival that celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community throughout Brussels!

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Bru·X·elles Festival

Festival organised in September to highlight FINTA (female, intersex, non-binary, trans, agender) people in the music world.

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Pink Screens Festival

Annual queer film festival organised in November by non-profit organisation Genres d'à côté, which also offers monthly film screenings.

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L-Festival / Lesborama

A lesbian, bisexual, trans and feminist festival organised in November/December with a film festival version in March.

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Tels Quels Festival

A multi-faceted festival organised by non-profit organisation Tels Quels, which takes place - for the time being - in October.

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A guide to the right flag

Rainbow flag / 1st pride flag (1979)

Leather, DSM & fetish community (1989)

Bear community (1995)

Latex community (1995)

Bisexual community (1998)

Lesbian feminist community (1999)

Transgender community (1999)

Pansexual community (2010)

Asexual community (2010)

Genderqueer community (2011)

Polysexual community (2012)

Genderfluid community (2012)

Intersex community (2013)

Agender community (2014)

Non-binary community (2014)

Lesbian community (2018)

Pride flag with trans and anti-racism colours (2018)

Pride flag with trans, intersex and anti-racism colours (2021)