We fight for equality and tolerance for LGBTI people in Europe
meet the executive director of forbidden colours NPO
Raising funds and strategically selecting projects
Forbidden Colours NPO
During my many researches and advocacy work in Eastern Europe, I started understanding the privileged position I was living as a Belgian LGBTI person. Too many LGBTI people still have to live in the closet in our European Union. Many of my friends in Poland and Hungary had suicide attempts when they were teenagers. Hearing their stories breaks my heart every time. My life’s work is making sure that the stories of the many LGBTI teenagers that lost their life will never be forgotten.
With Forbidden Colours, I am at the disposal of the European LGBTI community. With making the LGBTI-movement more self-sustainable all around Europe, we want LGBTI people to create their own path towards equality and success.
Discover our story and the reason why we created Forbidden Colours
Commercial Director, Automotive
Too many LGBTI people still face discrimination, prosecution, exclusion, torture and even execution. Therefore I want to thank the founding members, members of the steering committee, all our ambassadors and people who support Forbidden Colours in our mission to make the world a better place for all LGBTI people.
Speaker & Executive Creative Director
Speaker & Executive Creative Director
Benoit Van- cauwenberghe
Silence is no longer an option. While I am blessed to be able to live my life as the person I am and want to be, others live theirs in fear. No one deserves a life consisting of denial, lying to yourself and trying to be someone else. It’s my turn to help others claim their identity because everyone is worth fighting for. Forbidden Colours is about encouragement, about embracing yourself and being proud of who you are.
We know there will not be a magic day when every identity is suddenly accepted but by showing our true colours with pride, we will get as close to that day as possible.
Architect and founder of Arcanne
Art22 Gallery founder
When I made my coming out, someone close to me made the essential decision to change her sexual identity. During our respective journeys as “battle companions”, I have come to see the extent to which an assumed sexual identity is key to one’s life, whatever the price to pay, despite the “battles” that shouldn’t even exist in contemporary society in the first place.
Peter de Caluwe
Where this moral basis of democracy is now widely accepted, it is still different when it comes to LGTBI-rights. Not everyone understands that sexual choices are a choice of identity and self-respect and that others have no right to claim anything as regards another person’s affections.
Noble Purpose entrepreneur & activist
From a very young adult age I adopted the attitude “If you have a problem with me being gay, that tells more about your limitations than about me being the human being I was born!” My homosexuality has never prevented me from doing what I wanted to do, from being aware and from becoming successful.
I find it essential that all gay men and women, human beings like anybody else, can live the life they want to live, without having to fear of being discriminated, being pointed at, put in jail or killed. I want any gay man or woman to enjoy the same freedom. It is part of my purpose in life to help others to live without boundaries or limitations, to be respected for who they are, getting the same opportunities as anybody else without suffering injustice or discrimination.
active members of the steering committee
Trainer & coach
Film director and screenwriter
King Baudouin Foundation
Stefan Schaefers, director of the Forbidden Colours fund at the KBF
Forbidden Colours exists thanks to the support of these wonderful people
Many people : one
team one purpose
Our purpose is to create a better world for LGBTI people in which they can live in freedom with self-respect and dignity.
Forbidden Colours is a group of like-minded people who voluntarily strive to attain the same goal by putting their individual interests aside and without any kind of financial benefits.