Brussels: Gay and Lesbian
The Smallest World-City
Once a conservative city/nation when it came to rights for gays and lesbians Brussels is now one of the top European destinations for gays and lesbians. Many of Brussels' gay and lesbian clubs, bars and shops are located in the city centre around the Rue de Marche au Charbon and Saint-Jacques. Although perhaps not the most exciting gay and lesbian scene in Europe, Brussels does attract many visitors and offers same sex marriages to gay couples. Belgium was the second country in the world to eliminate gender from its marriage laws. Homosexual couples in Brussels can also legally adopt children. Events for gay and lesbian travellers in Brussels include the gay and lesbian film festival in January, the BLGP (Pride Parade) in May, the Pink Screens Festival in October and World Aids Day Belgium in November.