Antwerp is probably one of the most open and tolerant cities in the world concearning gay rights and acceptation of the gay lifestyle. Although it’s a rather small city (population 600.000) it hosts numerous gay shops, venues and events, among them the famous Red & Blue night club, cruising bar The Boots and off course the Antwerp Pride weekend. Antwerp Pride is organised by a board of volunteers. Their goal is to unite social work and business in order to present Antwerp as the city of diversity with a rich gay scene.
Antwerp Pride vzw receives a contribution from the city’s tourist department for the promotion of Antwerp as a gay friendly capital and from the department of diversity. Other revenues consist of ad sales, donations and revenue from (partner)events. About half of this amount is spent on promotional purposes. The remaining amount is used to finance the parade and closing festival. Antwerp pride has an open accounting. The yearly results are made available for perusal at the general meeting following the pride.
Board and general meeting
Antwerp Pride’s daily affairs are handled by its board and coordinator. At least once a year (usually around June) a general meeting is held for all stakeholders of the Antwerp LGBTQ+ scene to discuss last years’ financial results.
Chairman: Bart Abeel
Treasurer: Geert Buytaert (The Boots)
Dennis Peeters (Active Company)
Dimitri Vantomme (Bonaparte)
Wilfried Eetezonne (Spokesperson)
Geert Van Praet (Hessenhuis)
Pieter Van Bocxlaer