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Brussels’s Pride: celebration of progress and a challenge to politicians

Article published on May 27, 2014
Article published on May 27, 2014

On the 17th of May Brussels launched its 19th Pride, completed with good weather, political agenda and the celebration of the Eurovision results.

“If god con­trols the weather, then god is prob­a­bly gay,” was one of the phrases that was heard around the cen­ter of Brus­sels on Sat­ur­day the 17th of May. That day, LGBTI and al­lies cel­e­brated the in­ter­na­tional day against homo and trans-pho­bia and the city of Brus­sels launched its 19th Pride Pa­rade, en­ti­tled Pride4Ev­ery1.

The Pride was kicked off with a dance set to “Army Off Me” and some very im­pres­sive flag throw­ing on the steps of the Bourse. The speeches fol­low­ing proved them­selves to be of a very po­lit­i­cal na­ture, stat­ing that when the first Pride was held in Brus­sels, the only peo­ple that at­tended were a hand­ful of LGBTI mem­bers and their friends and no politi­cians at­tend­ing, but today the Pride is al­most hun­dred thou­sand strong and with a mem­ber from al­most every party at­tend­ing. It was de­manded that in the elec­tions on the 25th of May, peo­ple should cast their vote for equal­ity, sup­port­ing only the par­ties that re­spect and en­dorse the fight against dis­crim­i­na­tion of all kinds. One of the focal points that was thor­oughly pressed was the fact that trans­gen­der in­di­vid­u­als still need to get ster­il­ized in Bel­gium. Dis­liked politi­cians were also promi­nent in the Pride, with mock­ery masks of Vladimir Putin wear­ing make-up being dis­trib­uted. A spe­cialty in this years Pa­rade was a float ti­tled “Sport­

s4All” de­mand­ing that more ac­tions should be taken to as­sure equal­ity in sports and de­feat the homo and trans-pho­bia that still thrives in­side the ath­letic world. Nu­mer­ous ver­sions of Cochel­las made their ap­pear­ance is the Pride as well, both on and off the floats, giv­ing nods to the Aus­trian win­ner of Eu­ro­vi­sion that ded­i­cated her vic­tory to the LGBTI com­mu­nity de­clar­ing it to be an un­stop­pable force that would pre­vail in 

the fight against prej­u­dice. Over­all the Pride seemed to be a great suc­cess. The weather was on the side of the cause mak­ing the whole ex­pe­ri­ence a lot more en­joy­able after hav­ing suf­fered some rainy days dur­ing the last weeks, as was the Prime Min­is­ter Elio Di Rupo who tweeted that he was “very proud of the moder­nity of our coun­try, that de­fends the val­ues of lib­erty, re­spect and tol­er­ance.”

Do you still want more? Here you have our Pride Photo Gallery: 

Photo Gallery:Photo Gallery