Brussels is a booming gay capital
Brussels has become one of Europe's most gay friendly capitals, says the official Brussels tourism centre as it prepares for the upcoming annual gay pride event.
Another big attraction are the sports events. Here, visit.brussels is closely working together with the Brussels Gay Sports association, or BGS in short. The multi-disciplinary Brussels Games attracted 550 participants, and 300 people partook in the champagne water polo tournament. Brussels has also managed to obtain the organisational rights for the Union Cup 2015, which is a gay rugby tournament that will be taking place in Vorst from 21 to 24 May, and for which 800 players have already signed up.
'Right now, there’s a lot of effort going into the organisation of lesbian events as well. Even though this is a slightly less financially interesting target group, visit.brussels is working just as ardently to accomodate them,' Boutry says. The tourist agency is offering lesbians special weekend deals for the contemporary art exhibition ‘Art Brussels’ in Brussels Expo in the spring, and the Brussels fashion tour in the autumn. These deals are given the name ‘Girls Heart Brussels’.