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BRUNO DE LILLE

Brussellover, husband, dad, LGBTI+, doer, cyclist, education, comic book lover, femanist, radio, West-Flemish, Greeter, fitness, superhero movies, Coke zero …

BRUNO DE LILLE

A heart for Brussels …

I am the General Director of Sint Goedele Brussels, a non-profit organisation covering 11 kindergartens, 17 primary schools, 4 secondary schools, and an institute for adult education.

For the first 20 years of my career, I mainly helped shape Brussels as a City Councillor, Member of Parliament, Deputy Mayor and Secretary of State. I took up each of these roles with enthusiasm and energy. And no matter how difficult it was, I was always happy to do it – because in politics you have an impact and can potentially improve the lives of a lot of people.

But after 20 years of serving Brussels, it was time for me to pass the torch. And so I’m devoting my expertise, my creativity and my drive to that wonderful Brussels educational network.

In my spare time I am an active LGBTI+ activist. If you want me as a speaker or panel member, or if you just want to debate about Equal Opportunities / Rights for LGBTI+ persons, I will be happy to start the conversation.

A heart for Brussels …

I am the General Director of Sint Goedele Brussels, a non-profit organisation covering 11 kindergartens, 17 primary schools, 4 secondary schools, and an institute for adult education.

For the first 20 years of my career, I mainly helped shape Brussels as a City Councillor, Member of Parliament, Deputy Mayor and Secretary of State. I took up each of these roles with enthusiasm and energy. And no matter how difficult it was, I was always happy to do it – because in politics you have an impact and can potentially improve the lives of a lot of people.

But after 20 years of serving Brussels, it was time for me to pass the torch. And so I’m devoting my expertise, my creativity and my drive to that wonderful Brussels educational network.

In my spare time I am an active LGBTI+ activist. If you want me as a speaker or panel member, or if you just want to debate about Equal Opportunities / Rights for LGBTI+ persons, I will be happy to start the conversation.
Bruno De Lille and Eva Nouwen talking at the city hall of Brussels (c) photo: Herman Sleebus

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Press & Opinion

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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...

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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...

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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...

read more
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...

read more

Stories

Once in a while I go and talk to people who intrigue me. Because they have changed society, because they have a refreshing view on Brussels, because they mean a lot to me or to the LGBTI+ community
Enjoy the stories !

Daniel Martinovic: “Today they’re coming for the LGBTI people, tomorrow it’s your turn.”

LGBTI-Croatia was recently in the news. At the end of February, an effigy of two gay men and their child was burned there. A few years ago, Croatia held a referendum to clearly define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. A referendum that was convincingly won by the conservatives. Apparently, Croatia is not the nicest place to live for an LGBTI person.

Or are things a bit more nuanced than that? Because Croatia (2019) also ranks 17th in the ILGA-Europe rating of the 49 European countries. We find it just after Germany and just before Ireland. I talk to Daniel MartinovIc, the coordinator of the Croatian LGBTI association Dugine Obitelji (Rainbow Family), about the referendum, the burning of the effigy, and the acceptance of LGBTI people…

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Daniel Martinovic

LGBTI+

Pistache: “Niemand wint bij bekrompen denken. Kinderen die spelen met drie talen, dat is toch fantastisch?”

Geregeld vragen ouders me of ik geen goede tweetalige basisschool ken voor hun kinderen. Tot nu toe moest ik die altijd teleurstellen omdat die er volgens mij niet was. De Vlaamse regelgeving stond tweetalige basisscholen gewoon niet toe, dacht ik. Tot ik hoorde vertellen over Pistache, een school in Schaarbeek waar de leerlingen zowel het Nederlands als het Frans op een hoog niveau aangeleerd krijgen. Ik ging er heen voor een babbel met Veronique van Merris en Birgid Decleyn, de twee directrices van Pistache. Het werd een boeiend gesprek over open geesten, plezier maken, het loon van taalleraars en appen die al eens apen zouden moeten zijn.

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Pistache

Meertalig onderwijs

Dirk Jacobs: “Ik erger me rot aan de lethargie in onze maatschappij. Waar is de ambitie?”

Dirk Jacobs is een geëngageerd Brusselaar. Hij is net als ik een ingeweken West-Vlaming en werkt intussen al 14 jaar als professor sociologie aan de ULB. Als je er zijn tweets en Facebookberichten op naleest, dan voel je een ontzettende liefde voor Brussel. En dat bleek ook uit onze babbel. We spraken af bij een koffie (en een warme chocolademelk voor mij 🙂 ) in de gezellig koffiebar Or in het centrum. We hadden het over bubbels, beter onderwijs en zijn frustratie over het beleid dat de grote uitdagingen uit de weg gaat. Maar eerst was er BruVoices, het grote onderzoek van de Koning Boudewijnstichting naar Brussel en de Brusselaars dat hij mee begeleidde.

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Dirk Jacobs

Brusselse identiteit

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Can I help you?

Looking for expert insights on LGBTI+, education, Brussels or mobility?

Don’t think twice about letting me know.
I look forward to getting things started!

Can I help you?

Looking for expert insights on LGBTI+, education, Brussels or mobility?

Don’t think twice about letting me know.
I look forward to getting things started!