Jaimie Deblieck, Mister Gay Belgium, physically attacked and verbally assaulted

On the night of Friday 9th February, Mister Gay Belgium 2017 Jaimie Deblieck, was attacked after a night out in his hometown of Roeselare, Belgium.

He received several kicks and was pushed to the ground. He was verbally assaulted based on him being gay. Deblieck went to the police and filed a case with the police.

Jaimie Deblieck is very upset about the attack. He went to the hospital for a check up before going to the police. Later that day the police said they will treat this as a very serious matter.

“Jaimie is very sad and angry at the same time”, says Mister Gay Belgium-organiser Bram Bierkens.

“But he has a strong personality. He has already survived many threats and negative comments after his election as Mister Gay Belgium 2017. I don’t understand why people do such things. We still have a lot of work to do for equal acceptance for everyone”.

Hate and violence can be brought to the attention of the police or by using the ‘Uni-Form’ app, an app and online platform that gives visibility to homophobia and transphobia.