Too much LGBTQI+ violence in Brussels
At the end of August, a young couple was the victim of homophobic violence on the Flagey square and in September, a VRT journalist testified about homophobic violence in Brussels. These are two of undoubtedly more examples of LGBTQI+ violence in our city. Despite the fact that Belgium is second on the ILGA-Europe ranking in terms of policy and legislation, more is needed to stop violence.
Joris Wagemakers (one.brussels-Vooruit Elsene) talks to inhabitants of Brussels and shares his vision on the most important steps towards more acceptance and inclusion and the prevention of violence.
“We need to create an environment where young people feel safe to be themselves, to express themselves and to be happy with who they are. Anyone who talks about this topic, stands up against forms of violence and comes out of the closet to be themselves unapologetically contributes to the well-being of (young) people, to freedom and equality."
In education, teachers must take more consistent action against forms of verbal aggression, for example when 'homo' is used as a swear word. Education is the place where values and norms are taught and where boundaries must be more clearly defined, but awareness-raising is also necessary in other parts of society.
one.brussels stands for an active diversity and prevention policy, both at municipal and regional level. We believe in a city where everyone can feel safe and good in his/her/their skin.
For victims, it is sometimes not easy to report to the police. That's why it is a good first step for the police zone Bruxelles Capitale Ixelles to set up a hotline for LGBTQI+ violence: https://polbru.be/lgbtqi-meldpunt/
More information about the shelter for young people who face homophobic violence in their home situation: http://www.refugeopvanghuis.be/nl/het-opvang-huis/