- Dan Savage On How To Make A Crowd-Pleasing NSFW Video
- 10 Spring Reading Recommendations For All You Sexy Book Nerds
- Brent Everett’s Real-Life “Throuple” Relationship Inspired A Romance Novel
- 12 Amazing Ways To Enjoy San Francisco (Including The Hunky Jesus Contest)
- 13 Guaranteed Ways To Fail At Picking Up Someone Up At A Bar From A Castro Bartender
- The Fast And The Fabulous: Gay Couple Enjoys Ride Of Their Lives On Their Own Private Speedway
- Kiss & Tell: These Photos Of Same Love Speak A Thousand Words
- PHOTOS: Miss Fame And The New Crop Of Ru Girls Live It Up At The Diamond Horseshoe
- The Love That Never Stops Speaking Its Name
- Take A “Looking” Tour Of San Francisco With Seven Hotspots
- These Photos Of Same-Sex Love Show Why We Are Changing The World Every Day
- Kiss & Tell: Show Us Your Love Pics And Win A Trip To San Francisco
- PHOTOS: It’s All Leather And Fur For These Fashion Week Models
- We Love The Nightlife! Shake Your Groove Thing And Party Like A Rock Star in L.A.
- GayCities Kiss Photo Contest: Hit It, Submit It & Win A Trip To San Francisco
Search the blog
POPULAR TAGSSan Francisco benefit haus London Photos Pride New York City travel party haus Los Angeles Theater pride haus Washington DC Jeffrey James Keyes Fire Island Chicago Las Vegas New York GayCities Miami Marriage Equality
PHOTOS: Belgian Pride, The Tastiest Thing in Brussels Since Sliced Chocolate
May 15, 2012
70,000 attendees may not yet rank Belgian Pride among the world’s most massive LGBT celebrations, but considering that the turnout in Brussels has more than tripled in the last three years, it’s clearly an event with momentum—and one that’ll have international eyes keenly focused on the Belgian capital as it continues to evolve into a world-class queer destination. Though already in its 17th edition, this year’s Pride marked the first that a standing Belgian prime minister—the recently appointed and openly gay Elio Ri Rupo—took part in the festivities.
Belgian Pride kicked off on Saturday afternoon with a Pride Village of LGBT booths near the Bourse in the center of town, followed by a lively parade and a street celebration that poured into the city’s gay area and lasted well into the wee hours. Local drag star LaDiva Live and Montreal’s legendary Mado headlined the evening’s free entertainment.
But it wasn’t all wanton revelry this year. Weighing heavily on the hearts and minds of Belgians was the recent murder of Ishane Jarfi, who disappeared outside of a gay bar in the Belgian city of Liege last month, and whose battered body was discovered in a field a week later. Two separate moments of silence were held on Saturday afternoon in honor of Jarfi and all victims of homophobia around the world.
Belgian Pride is the first event in an action-packed 2012 European Pride season. Next up: CSD Düsseldorf, May 25 to 29. Stay tuned to Queerty and GayCities over the summer for on-the-scene coverage from Prides around the world.
Click through for more images from Belgian Pride 2012!