Belgium is a tiny country in Europe. If you heard about it, but haven’t been yet, keep reading this lesbian guide to Belgium. Known for its chocolate and wide variety of beers, Belgium can be an interesting country to visit. It didn’t make it to the ultimate list of European lesbian destinations, but that doesn’t mean there is absolutely nothing to be found. Lesbians traveling to Belgium, who want to explore the lesbian scene in Belgium, should probably do some research before going. There are quite a few parties and activities for lesbians, but it’s a good idea to check dates and stuff like that. Keep reading to discover the lesbian side of this small dot on the map.
Belgium is one of the most progressive countries in Europe and the rest of the world. These are some legal facts about LGBT rights in Belgium.
- Homosexuality or same-sex sexual activity is legal in Belgium since 1795.
- Same-sex partners can register domestic partnership since 2000.
- Changing your legal gender is possible since 2007.
- Same-sex marriage is legal since 2003.
- Belgium has anti-discrimination laws since 2003
- Same-sex adoption is legal since 2006.
As you can read, there is no official discrimination against LGBT in Belgium and same-sex couples have the same rights and duties as anyone else. The country is also safe to visit as LGBT as the public opinion about homosexuality is positive. Polls have pointed out that 78% of all Belgians have a positive attitude towards LGBT.
Cities in Belgium
Even though it’s a very small country, Belgium has a few cities and events for women. We must admit that Belgium isn’t the best destination for a lesbian holiday. That’s why we want to help you find possible events to match with your travel dates. A lot of the events take place only once a year or once every few months. If you want to attend to any of these, you better check the websites of the venues to ensure your dates match with theirs.
Once a year, usually in October, L Day Belgium is organized in Antwerp. L Day is filled with activities for and by women. Check the L Day Facebook page to know when the next edition will be and what activities are planned.
Antwerp also has a recurring event Cafe De Love. This popular party for women is organized every now and then and it has been around for over 10 years. Cafe De Love always takes place in the Red And Blue club in Antwerp and is usually crowded and fabulous. Check the website for party dates!
The Antwerp Pride is held each year in August. Along with the pride, there will be quite a few parties as well. In 2017 the Pride Parade took place on August 12, followed by the Pride Night in Club Red and Blue. The Pride Night hosts a Cafe De Love party for women as well.
The capital of Belgium has a recurring party for women organized by Velvet 69. The same organization is behind the legendary Velvet 69 Ibiza parties. The party takes place in Quay 01 and offers the option to book a hotel with a partner discount. Velvet 69 usually has its own stage at the Belgian Pride in Brussels.
The Belgian Pride is the largest pride event in Belgium and is usually held in May. The Pride parade is growing each year and is well organized. The night of the parade, Velvet 69 usually hosts a women-only party.
Brussels is home to a tiny street filled with gay bars. Unfortunately, there are no bars or cafés for women only. For a mixed crowd and cheap drinks, your best option is the Rainbowhouse in the Rue du Marché Au Charbon.
Each year, visit.Brussels organizes Girls Heart Brussels, which is a multi-day event for women in Brussels. The event has the focus to help women explore Brussels and they choose a new theme each year. Girls Heart Brussels is usually held in April. In 2017, the focus was on art and days were filled with visits to museums and walking tours. On Saturday there is an afterparty somewhere in Brussels. Check the website for more information.
When visiting Leuven, you could be so lucky to find a lesbian party every first Saturday of the month. The organization Labyrint caters lesbian activities and parties. Every first Saturday, they organize Female Fever in Kessel-Lo, near Leuven. Check their website or Facebook page to see their current events!
In January, Gent hosts the yearly Cavaria event called Sparkle. It consists of a show with music and entertainment in dutch, followed by a big party. The Sparkle party is mixed, but the crowd is more or less equally divided. Even if it’s not a girls-only party, we enjoy Sparkle a lot!
As you can see, it can be difficult to find a women-only party in Belgium. Most events occur only once a year and lesbian events are sparse. Bars for women tend to close in the same year they open and it seems hard for these bars to survive. We wouldn’t mind for the Belgian L scene to grow and expand so Belgium can be a good spot on the map for lesbian travelers or host a cool lesbian festival. For now, you should choose your travel dates careful if you want to witness one of these rare events.