Dinsdag 17 mei is het IDAHOT, de Internationale Dag Tegen Holebifobie, Transfobie en Interseksefobie. Op deze dag worden jaarlijks wereldwijd initiatieven georganiseerd om aandacht te vragen voor de rechten en het welzijn van homo's, lesbiennes, biseksuelen, transgenders, non-binaire, queer en intersekse personen.

Dit jaar maken we van de gelegenheid gebruik om mensen bewust te maken van de extra kwetsbare positie waarin sommige mensen binnen de LGBTQI+ gemeenschap zich bevinden. Met het hijsen van de progress vlag laat de Universiteit Antwerpen zien dat iedereen welkom is bij onze instelling. Zelfs degenen in de meest kwetsbare posities.

De huidige crisis in Oekraïne, maar evengoed eerdere migratiestromen, tonen aan dat bepaalde minderheden in het bijzonder worden getroffen. LGBTQI+ mensen zijn hierbij geen uitzondering. Ook zij ervaren extra moeilijkheden in het land van herkomst, tijdens de vlucht naar veiliger oorden en in het land van aankomst. Op 17 mei gaan we dieper in op dit thema aan de hand van de documentaire ‘The pink revolution' (R&R Productions, Jawad Rhalib), gevolgd door een panel discussie met enkele belangrijke stemmen in dit debat. Lees hieronder meer over dit event en schrijf je in.

LGBTQI+ refugees and their challenges

Zowel de documentaire als het panel zullen in het Engels zijn.  

The current crisis in Ukraine along with many previous migration waves show that certain minorities are particularly affected. LGBTQI+ people are no exception. We want to recognize the additional difficulties that may occur both in the country of origin, on their way to safety and in the country of arrival. On May 17, we will delve deeper into this issue. 

Documentary ‘The pink revolution’ (18u30 – 20u00)

Hocine was born a boy and raised in a conservative family in Algeria. Today her name is Yasmine. Adil and Albéric were born in countries where homosexuality is punishable by prison, lynching, persecution, and death… They fled to Belgium and France seeking asylum. Thomas’ Spanish father dreamt of seeing his son married in a church. Ariane, a young feminist queer, refuses to submit to men’s diktats. They all share the same ambition: to no longer be invisible. Together, they try to overcome their fear and conquer places where they’ve never felt welcome before.

Documentary is mainly in French with English subtitles.

The pink revolution


Panel discussion 'LGBTQI+ refugees and their challenges' (20u00 – 21u00)

Alexey Solomasov (he/him) ​ 

He is originally from Russia and is part of the InQlusion project powered by RainbowHouse Brussels and Fedasil. This project facilitate the reception of LGBTQI+ asylum seekers and support them during the asylum procedure.  

Liselot Casteleyn (she/her)

is a doctoral researcher at the Migration Law Research Group (MIGR), and a member of the interfaculty Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR) and the Human Rights Centre (HRC). Using a queer and post-colonial framework, her research focuses on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) rights in the Belgian asylum procedure. She analyzes the complexity of queer migration narratives by considering both the narratives used by SOGI refugees to claim their rights, and those used by the state actors to assess their entitlement to these rights.

Mohammed Kassab (he/him)

Mohamed is currently a student of social cultural work. He is also a board member at çavaria, the Flemish interest defender of LGBTI+ people and umbrella organization of LGBTI+ organizations. Mohammed fled Gaza in 2018 in search of a new life where he could be himself. Internally, he also made a way to reconcile his faith and his sexual orientation.

Orry Van de Wauwer (he/him)

Orry Van de Wauwer studied political science and political communication at the University of Antwerp. He was also active as a student representative on the board of directors of the University of Antwerp, Unifac and as spokesperson for the Antwerp Student Council.

He was a volunteer in the refugee camp jungle in Calais. After this he took in some Syrian refugees at his home in Antwerp.

He is CD&V Flemish Member of Parliament, chairman of the LGBTQ+ network of CD&V and party member of the current State Secretary for Asylum and Migration Sammy Mahdi.

​Remy Bonny (he/him)

He is the executive director of Forbidden Colours NPO. Forbidden Colours is an EU-wide fund that is working to make LGBTQI+ organizations more stable and sustainable. It serves as an advocacy group on defending LGBTQI+ communities that are scapegoated by autocratic governments in Europe.

He is a political scientist and LGBTQI+ activist from Belgium. He is a specialist in the way the LGBTQI+ movement’s demands construct international relations – specifically in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

In recent years, Rémy has been conducting research on the interactions between illiberal states like Vladimir Putin’s Russian Federation and the European Union and former Soviet Republics. Therefore, he has been living in Budapest, Brussels, Warsaw and Venice.

Reception (21u00 – 22u00)

After the panel discussion we invite everyone to continue the conversation in a more informal way with a drink and a snack.


City Campus University of Antwerp, building C, room 001 (ground floor)
Entrance Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp