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Belgium Aims to Combat Anti-LGBTQ Assaults With New Action Plan

The Town Hall and the Grand Place lit with rainbow colors in solidarity with the LGTBQ+ community following the anti-gay vote in Hungary, in Brussels, Belgium, on June 23, 2021. 

The Town Hall and the Grand Place lit with rainbow colors in solidarity with the LGTBQ+ community following the anti-gay vote in Hungary, in Brussels, Belgium, on June 23, 2021. 

Photographer: Aris Oikonomou/AFP/Getty Images

Belgium is adopting a new plan to fight discrimination and ensure more rights for LGBTQ people as it strives to bring down the country’s high rate of assaults based on sexual orientation.

The federal government plan brings together 133 measures in collaboration with 10 federal ministries aimed at improving safety and increasing opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.