Brussels Capital Region Description of the city The Brussels Capital Region, which has a French-speaking majority but is bilingual, French – Flemish, is made up of 19 municipalities, including the city of Brussels, and has about 1.2 million inhabitants. The region is home to many foreigners – of more than 160 nationalities – on the one hand because of the presence of the European institutions and NATO, and on the other hand because of its long history of integrating people migrating for various reasons. The Brussels Capital Region is the home of diverse and intersectional LGBTQI+ communities, which contributes to a rich cultural life. Brussels is also known the world over for the richness of its architectural and artistic heritage, but it also has some fine green spaces in the form of parks and the Forêt de Soignes close by. Goal The main goal of the LGBTQI+ policy of the Brussels Capital Region is to improve the equal opportunities of lesbians, gays, trans*, queer and intersex persons who live in the Brussels Capital Region. This goal is twofold: one aim is to work with civil society and raise awareness for LGBTQI+ issues, the other aim is to help LGBTQI+ citizens facing discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation, gender identity / expression, and sex characteristics. Focus areas Developing awareness-raising projects on the topics of LGBTQI+-phobia Being an active partner in the Equalcities project, working on the topic of safe spaces for LGBTQI+ persons with a migrant background Strengthening the fight against LGBTQI+-phobic incidents (hate speech, discrimination and violence) and the under-reporting. Providing training courses on LGBTQI+ issues for the Brussels police departments, in collaboration with the RainbowHouse. Providing financial support for projects developed by Brussels LGBTQI+ organisations Being an inclusive employer of LGBTQI+ staff Collaboration partners In order to achieve better results we collaborate with Rainbowhouse Brussels and its many partner organizations. http://rainbowhouse.be/ At an institutional level we collaborate with the Federal Government, the municipalities of the Brussels Capital Region, Unia ( Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities), the Institute for the Equality of Women and Men, the French Community Commission (COCOF), the Flemish Community Commission (VGC) and the Common Community Commission (COCOM).