Winners of the First KET Rainbow Awards

In a nod to the collective efforts towards diversity and inclusion, the first-ever KET Rainbow Awards recently celebrated individuals and organizations striving to champion LGBTQIA+ rights and foster acceptance within our communities. The event, held at the esteemed headquarters in Brussels and jointly organized by KET Magazine, Visites Particulières, and

Chairing the jury was Sylvia Aerts, a Visites Particulières board member, alongside inclusion specialist Alan De Bruyne, formerly of the Belgian Pride coordination team, along with Benjamin Plastria and Lisanne Furtado Gomes from KET Magazine. Together, they carefully reviewed 13 initiatives shortlisted across seven categories, each representing unique facets of diversity and inclusion.

Safer Spaces : 2 awards

Among the recipients was the Rainbow Ambassadors, a group of volunteers dedicated to shining a light on the challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ elders. Their persistent efforts to raise awareness and cultivate safer environments for older community members earned them the Safer Space Award, recognizing their commitment to ensuring everyone, irrespective of age or background, feels valued and included.

The Grand Carmes, a multifaceted venue, also clinched the Safer Space Award for its transformation into a haven of inclusivity and acceptance. From healthcare facilities to cultural spaces, their dedication to providing safe spaces for all LGBTQIA+ individuals has touched many lives, fostering a sense of belonging.

Inclusion in the workplace

Ansell, a multinational corporation, was commended for its proactive approach to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. By acknowledging the diverse values and perspectives of its employees across different countries, Ansell is setting the stage for a more inclusive corporate culture, emphasizing allyship in fostering mutual respect and understanding.

Non Profit initiative

In the realm of media representation, the podcast “Cornes de Gazelle” was lauded for amplifying the voices of queer Arab communities, challenging stereotypes and increasing visibility for a marginalized group within society.

Design Museum Brussels

The Brussels Queer Graphics exhibition by Design Museum Brussels was recognized for its innovative exploration of visual language within the LGBTQIA+ community, showcasing diverse forms of self-expression through art and highlighting the importance of representation.

Brussels Gay Sports

The BGS (Belgian Gay Sports) organization received accolades for its efforts in creating inclusive spaces for LGBTQIA+ athletes, promoting respect and acceptance within sports culture.

Best Militant

Lastly, Victoria Piya, renowned for her activism and iconic stickers, was honored for her unwavering dedication to transgender visibility and advocacy, continuing to be a prominent voice for change within the community.

As we celebrate these achievements, let us continue to advocate for diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our lives, fostering a more equitable and accepting world for everyone. The event was organised with the backing from the Brussels Capital Region, Stella Artois, and Brasserie Ommegang, underscored the commitment to nurturing a more inclusive society.