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BRUNO DE LILLE

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Regularly I put my opinion, my thoughts on Queer- & LGBTI+ topics on paper. Or I talk to Queer- & LGBTI+ activists and supporters who have helped our movement. I brought all these texts together on this page. Read along!

Scaly Kep’na: “Ne dites jamais non à soi-même. Jamais.”

Scaly Kep’na: “Ne dites jamais non à soi-même. Jamais.”

Découvrez la puissante histoire de Scaly Kep’na, un militant congolais des droits de l’homme. De son coming-out à son engagement en faveur d’une société plus inclusive, l’histoire de Scaly est une source d’inspiration pour nous tous. Lisez comment il brise les tabous et construit des ponts dans une société qui a encore du mal à faire respecter les droits des LGBT.

Scaly Kep’na: “Never say no to yourself”

Scaly Kep’na: “Never say no to yourself”

Discover the powerful story of Scaly Kep’na, a Congolese human rights activist. From his coming-out to his commitment to a more inclusive society, Scaly’s story is an inspiration to us all. Read how he breaks taboos and builds bridges in a society still struggling with LGBT rights.

‘Let’s welcome Ukrainian LGBTI+ refugees’

‘Let’s welcome Ukrainian LGBTI+ refugees’

'When we see that some groups are less well helped elsewhere while we have the people and the expertise to accommodate them, we must go all the way,' writes Bruno De Lille. He calls for attention to the situation of LGBTI+ persons on the run. No, we should not make...

Why I keep waving the rainbow flag

Why I keep waving the rainbow flag

No, we as LGBTI+ people should not be “discreet” if we want equal rights. Those who say that demonstrate above all how much work remains.

Stickers to worry about

Stickers to worry about

"Oh well, why worry about a few silly stickers. The police would be better off dealing with the serious cases. Just look at what just happened to that journalist (who became the victim of a homophobic attack), they should deal with that." That's what I was told, in a...

Violence against LGBTI+-persons, a ‘Brussels’ problem?

Violence against LGBTI+-persons, a ‘Brussels’ problem?

On Friday, VRT journalist Riadh Bahri was the victim of homophobic violence. " Walking the dog. Man asks for directions. I am kind and naive enough to answer. Getting hit. Getting kicked. Chain ripped off and stolen. Hearing dirty faggot. Crying a little in the...

‘It’s about time for more rights for rainbow families’

‘It’s about time for more rights for rainbow families’

Our son turned eighteen. Because of the corona crisis, there wasn't much of a celebration, but he seems to like the idea of being an adult. However, his joy is nothing compared to ours, his parents. The fact that we were able to help a son grow up can be called a...

Does Szájer’s outing take all of Hungary out of the closet?

There was some sniggering in the newspapers and on television last week. Very understandable by the way because it is not every week that you catch a homophobic Hungarian MEP at a gay sex party in Brussels. The fact that the party was organized by a Brussels native...

Weird

I love Ugly Belgian Houses. From the website and from the videos, although I must confess that I only discovered the latter during this lockdown on YouTube. On the website you see dozens of photos of 'ugly' Belgian houses: they are decorated with starfish or special...

Sick of staying home…

Sick of staying home…

The redder an area’s colour on our government's corona lists, the more I feel like going there. You know that feeling? The forbidden fruit. I had never heard of the Severoiz tours in Bulgaria or Southern Muntenia in Romania, but ever since the Foreign Office...

Should the LGBTI+ community be afraid of ‘the new normal’?

Should the LGBTI+ community be afraid of ‘the new normal’?

COVID-19 still holds the world in its grip, and yet it’s good and perhaps even necessary to look ahead at the post-corona era. At ‘the new normal’, as it is also called. The LGBTI+ community in particular needs to prepare itself. There are people who see this health...

Save the Rainbow

Save the Rainbow

Last Saturday I watched the Global Pride. Because most of the Pride parades had been cancelled, a virtual Global Pride was set up that showcased performances, movies and speeches by LGBTI+ activists from all over the world. A wonderful initiative that showed how it...

Happy with a seven

Happy with a seven

For the third year in a row, we have been ranked Europe’s second LGBTI+ friendliest country in terms of legislation. Let’s have a party!?! On the occasion of the International Day against Homo-, Bi-, Intersex- and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), ILGA Europe – the European...

Stuck in the closet

Stuck in the closet

IDAHOT is just behind us, Pride month is coming. And traditionally, it’s high times for people who get off on LGBTI+ figures. We got a cartload of information in a few days. For example, the FRA, the independent documentation and knowledge centre for the promotion and...

Covid-19 affects Moroccan homosexuals in more than one way

Covid-19 affects Moroccan homosexuals in more than one way

A few days ago, the UN issued a global call to take into account the needs of the vulnerable LGBTI+group when tackling Covid-19. They did not even mention authoritarian leaders such as Viktor Orban using the pandemic to reduce LGBTI+ rights. The UN notes that...

I’d hide my gay son in the basement

I’d hide my gay son in the basement

Shortly before schools started closing because of the coronavirus outbreak, students from a Brussels school visited the Rainbow House. And I had the pleasure of being there. A class full of 15-year-olds, excited because they didn't have to go to school, and at the...

Same-sex marriage leads to the end of mankind! Really?

Same-sex marriage leads to the end of mankind! Really?

Time to stop Orbán Fidesz, Viktor Orbán's party, may have been suspended as a member of the European People's Party, but that does not stop Orbán from expressing his opinion on the direction the EPP should take. A few days ago he published his 'Memorandum on the state...

A year of rainbow garlands and champagne

A year of rainbow garlands and champagne

Last week it was party time in Northern Ireland. On January 13th, same-sex marriage finally became legal there. Throughout Facebook and Twitter you could see videos of LGBTI+ people counting down to midnight to hug, to kiss and to propose to each other. I watched...

Marian Lens: “We can change society, so let’s do it!”

Marian Lens: “We can change society, so let’s do it!”

Marian Lens is one of the LGBTI+ pioneers of Brussels. For years, she was the owner of the only feminist-lesbian bookstore Artemys, and worked hard for the creation of the Brussels Rainbowhouse. She is also the driving force behind the L-tours: walks that cover the...

Spiegels (Zizo)

Spiegels (Zizo)

Recent mocht ik deelnemen aan een LGBTI-conferentie in Taipei, Taiwan. De discussies en debatten op de conferentie waren interessant en toch ga ik daar niet over schrijven. Ik wil het wel met je hebben over de mensen die aan het evenement meededen want die waren...

Verliefd op vijf

Verliefd op vijf

Ik ben weg van Antoni, Tan, Karamo, Bobby en Jonathan. Als je nu denkt dat ik in een grote polyamoureuze relatie ben terechtgekomen, dan moet ik je helaas teleurstellen. Ik heb het over Queer Eye, een serie op Netflix waar vijf queer-mannen elke aflevering opnieuw bij...

Als stickers aanzetten tot haat, verdeeldheid en geweld (De Standaard)

Als stickers aanzetten tot haat, verdeeldheid en geweld (De Standaard)

Strefa wolna od LGBT ofwel ‘LGBT-vrije zone’. En dan een regenboogvlag met een groot zwart kruis erover. Dat staat op de stickers die de Gazeta Polska, een Pools conser­vatief weekblad, deze week verspreid heeft (DS 24 juli). Vrijheid van ­meningsuiting, noemen de...

De omgekeerde wereld

door Ruben Mooijman © De Standaard De uitspraken die Johan Leman zaterdag in deze krant deed, wekten afgelopen weekend veel verontwaardiging. Politici, journalisten, opiniemakers en gewone burgers reageerden verbaasd en boos. Volgens Leman zouden homo’s en kortgerokte...

Je hebt wat geluk nodig om gelukkig te kunnen zijn (Zizo)

Je hebt wat geluk nodig om gelukkig te kunnen zijn (Zizo)

Wanneer zullen die holebi-activisten eens tevreden zijn? Ik hoor het steeds vaker. Door hetero’s rondom mij maar ook door sommige holebi’s. Zo vroeg Gunther Malin zich afgelopen weekend in De Morgen en op ZIZO af wanneer we zouden stoppen met altijd meer te willen....

Pédé (Zizo)

Pédé (Zizo)

“Pédé”, siste de kassier van een grote elektro-supermarkt. “Pardon?” zei ik. De kassier schrok. Het was namelijk niet voor mij bedoeld maar voor de vorige klant. Die had de balpen van de kassier meegepikt en ‘verdiende’ het dus uitgescholden te worden. “Zijn het...

De kleine revolutie van de holebi-jongerengroepen (Zizo)

De kleine revolutie van de holebi-jongerengroepen (Zizo)

Onlangs vroeg iemand mij of ik een persoon buiten kon opnoemen zonder wie mijn leven totaal anders zou zijn geweest. Ik vond het een leuke uitdaging waar ik graag even over nadacht. Automatisch kwam ik eerst uit bij mijn man en onze zoon. Maar dat mocht niet. Die...

Laten we Lara de mond niet snoeren (Zizo)

Laten we Lara de mond niet snoeren (Zizo)

In Brussel werd een vertoning van de Belgische film 'Girl' geschrapt na een boycot van een transvereniging. Zo stond het een week geleden in de krant. Dus ben ik de film maar eens gaan bekijken (ik hou er niet van als iemand me zegt wat ik wel of niet mag doen). En om...

Bruno loves Simon (Zizo-Online.be)

Ik geef het toe, ik had op het einde van de film een serieuze krop in de keel. Ik weet het: het is een tienerfilm, het verhaal is voorspelbaar en er zit wellicht geen Oscar in voor Love, Simon. Toch kreeg ik een blij-ontroerd gevoel bij de romantische filmkomedie....

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