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Belgian homosexual students unite
(Blogmensgo, August 24, 2012) Three associations of homosexual Francophone Belgian students have joined forces on August 22, 2012, ushering in a federation of associations. Circles gay student Federated francophones (Cheff, website | Facebook) and include the Cercle de Namur homosexual student (Chen), the Liège (Chel) and Brussels (CHE). The Cheff established their headquarters at Namur and are now trying to obtain official authorization from Walloon authorities as a youth organization.
The new federation intends to give more visibility to the gay student movements (objectives and explanatory PDF | HTML) and their claims. Mission partly successful, since the inauguration of Cheff was made in the presence of the Mayor of Namur and two French ministers. Homosexual student associations of Mons and Louvain, however, did not answer the call.
Visibility depends on the degree of acceptance or affirmation by students of their homosexuality. Chen identifies the "three couples who take perfectly on the campus' of Namur, other gays and lesbians are hiding or are keeping a low profile. Similarly, the public pages of gay student clubs that are present on Facebook are less crowded than their secret groups created on the same social network.
Beyond any additional visibility, the three student organizations therefore seek to promote greater acceptance of homosexuality on campus. Consultation with the university authorities and family planning is already underway. It is also against homophobia and discrimination common in the campus and outside the walls, because the Belgian company seems to lag behind legislation that has already legalized gay marriage in 2003 and the gay adoption in 2006.
This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.