LGBTQIA+ travellers are those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, plus queer or questioning, intersex or asexual individuals. It also includes those who identify beyond these commonly used sexualities and gender expressions. Everyone has the right to feel safe when travelling, and Belgium is one of the safest countries in the world for LGBTQIA+ travellers.
LGBTQIA+ rights in Belgium
Belgium is one of the most progressive countries when it comes to LGBTQIA+ rights and equality. It was the second country in the world (after the Netherlands) to legalise same-sex marriage in 2003, and same-sex adoption was legalised a few years later in 2006. Lesbian couples can also access IVF treatment. Belgium has laws in place to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and public opinion polls show that the majority of Belgians support LGBTQIA+ rights.
Is Belgium safe for LGBTQIA+ travellers?
Yes, Belgium is a safe destination for LGBTQIA+ travellers. In fact, it's considered to be one of the safest and most welcoming destinations for queer travellers in the world. Belgians are generally forward-thinking and accepting of queer couples, and queer travellers can be open about their identity and do not need to worry about public displays of affection.
Queer culture in Belgium
Big cities like Brussels, Antwerp and Liège have a thriving queer culture. In the Saint Jacques neighbourhood in the heart of Brussels city centre, you'll find many queer-friendly bars, restaurants, clubs and parties. There are establishments to cater to all vibes whether you fancy drinking a coffee and reading a book in a cosy cafe, watching a vibrant drag show or partying until the early hours. Brussels hosts one of Europe's biggest Pride festivals including an annual Pride parade that draws in thousands of people from Belgium and beyond. There are also several queer film festivals throughout the country.
The Rainbow House in Brussels is a popular hang-out spot for the LGBTQIA+ community. There's a cafe, bar and information centre where you can get legal, social, psychological or medical assistance, and a jam-packed calendar of festivals, exhibitions, debates and workshops.
Solo travel and room sharing
If you are travelling solo on an Intrepid group tour, you will share accommodation with a traveller of the same gender as per your passport information. If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let our friendly adventure consultants know when you're booking your trip and we’ll arrange the rooming accordingly. There is also the option to book your own room on most of our tours if you don't wish to share a room.
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