Belgium Aims to Combat Anti-LGBTQ Assaults With New Action Plan


Belgium is adopting a new plan to fight discrimination and ensure more rights for LGBTQ people as it strives to bring down the country’s high rate of assaults based on sexual orientation. The federal government plan brings together 133 measures in collaboration with 10 federal ministries aimed at improving safety and increasing opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. “Belgium has always been a pioneer in terms of of LGBTQI+ rights,” Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said in the plan. “However, there is still a lot of work to be done.” Belgium, which legalized homosexual marriage almost 20 years ago, has made considerable legislative changes aimed at improving fundamental rights, including adoptions by same-sex couples, and it passed a law to protect the rights of transgender people. Yet according to a study by the European Union’s Agency For Fundamental Rights, Belgium is tied for third after Poland and Romania with the highest rate of physical or sexual assaults motivated by the fact that the victim is LGBTQ.

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