Grindr Used to Trick Gay Men in Western Brussels

A Surge of Homophobic Ambushes

Source: Le Soir

In the latter half of June, western Brussels witnessed a disturbing wave of homophobic ambushes. At least five incidents have been reported to the authorities during this period, all following a similar, troubling pattern. Victims were assaulted, insulted, and in some cases, robbed after being lured to a location via the dating app Grindr.

The attackers used fake profiles on Grindr, an app popular among gay men, to set up meetings. Once the victim arrived at the designated spot, often a park, a group awaited them. The unsuspecting individuals were then physically attacked and subjected to verbal abuse based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Five complaints.

According to information from various sources, Le Soir reports that these homophobic assaults have prompted at least five complaints in the western parts of Brussels. The incidents occurred within the jurisdictions of both the Brussels-West police zone (covering Molenbeek, Jette, Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Ganshoren, and Koekelberg) and the Brussels-South police zone (Anderlecht, Saint-Gilles, and Forest).

These attacks highlight a severe issue of safety for the LGBTQ+ community in Brussels, underscoring the need for increased awareness and protective measures. Authorities are urged to take swift action to prevent further incidents and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.

Watch out.

We advise users of Grindr and other similar apps to exercise caution. Avoid meeting new acquaintances in isolated areas such as parks, and always inform close friends of your plans and whereabouts. This series of events serves as a stark reminder of the persistent threat of hate crimes and the importance of solidarity and support for all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.