Thousands of people celebrated Pride on the streets of Brussels, marching in a parade with the slogan “Protect the Protest.”
Belgian media reported a playful and colourful crowd of 150,000 people taking part in the celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of same-sex marriage in Belgium.
Hundreds of associations, artists and partners took part. Pride was organized by gay rights advocacy groups çavaria, Prisme, Rainbowhouse Brussels and Brussels Rainbow Village.
“Pride is a great party where everyone can be themselves,” Radjiny Schiltz, spokeswoman for Brussels Pride said. “But there is still a lot to be done to to ensure equality for the LGBTQ community”, Schiltz added.
Schiltz said the parade’s slogan “Protect the Protest” was taken from Amnesty International’s campaign to protect the right to protest. She stressed too many people take the right for granted.
“Everyone thinks that this right is guaranteed everywhere, but this is definitely not the case. There is still a lot to do for freedom and diversity,” Schiltz said.