10,000 in Brussels Gay Pride parade

19th May 2008, Comments 3 comments

Thousands flocked to attend the 13th Gay Pride parade that took place in Brussels on Saturday afternoon.

19 May 2008

BRUSSELS – The annual Gay Pride parade took place in Brussels on Saturday for the 13th time as they marched through the centre of Brussels.

The Gay Pride parade is seen as a big party every year for homosexual men and women.

Thousands of homos and lesbians gather to express their homosexuality, but also to demand equal rights. 17 May is International Day Against Homophobia.

According to the organisers of the annual parade, much has been achieved in the way of equal rights for gay people over the past years.

Many other organisations, such as youth groups and political parties also joined in the Gay Pride parade, including groups from the Catholic youth movement Chiro and the Scouts.

The theme for 2008 was international solidarity and homophobia in the sports' world. It was estimated that 10,000 people took part in the parade this year.




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3 Comments To This Article

  • Juris Lavrikovs posted:

    on 21st May 2008, 20:24:38 - Reply

    Hi Suzanne, no problem! I am sorry I will sound probably patronising but the article still refers to 17th of May as 'International Homophobia Day', but its real and proper name is "International Day Against Homophobia". Once I am on my soup box - in English 'homos' does not really sound good and positive. 'Homos' to English speakers is derogative. I know that in Dutch 'homo' is used to describe gay men / homosexual men, but in English the best way is 'gay men'. Also the pride was not exclusively attended by gay and lesbian people, but a lot of their heterosexual supporters :-) Cheers and sorry for lecturing, but its my job to work with the media on objective portrayal of gay and lesbian people :-)
  • ongsuzanne posted:

    on 21st May 2008, 18:32:26 - Reply

    Hi Juris,
    Thanks for pointing out the error!
  • Juris Lavrikovs posted:

    on 21st May 2008, 15:38:04 - Reply

    I am very concerned with how this report is written and suggests that "International Homophobia Day was celebrated". It appears as homophobia was celebrated but in fact its the International Day AGAINST homophobia. T think the report really needs to be amended!