Unia, the federal anti-discrimination agency, received 125 complaints last year of homophobia, a new record, and 38% more than the average of the previous five years. The total includes a variety of different acts: 17 cases of physical aggression, 42 of verbal aggression and 17 of discrimination in cases of renting a property or providing a commercial service. The 125 complaints in 2018 compare with 84 in 2017 and 104 in 2016.
Belgium, one of the first countries to legalise gay marriage and adoption by gay couples, is sometimes considered a leader in gay rights, but the situation on the ground is more nuanced, explained Patrick Charlier, director of Unia.
The Brussels Times