Elska magazine profiles gay men and queer cultures in a different city every issue, and the latest edition is giving readers an inside look at the LGBT community in Brussels.
Fifteen Belgian men showcase their personal style on the streets and in their homes, and provide a personal story to accompany their photos. Those stories are as varied as the men telling them, and include the struggles of impressing strict parents and a look at life as a gay man on the autistic spectrum.
Elska publisher Liam Campbell says the rise of xenophobia and reactionary politics in Europe and America inspired him to set his sights on Brussels, capital of the European Union.
“If there’s anywhere where all sorts of different people should feel they have a home, it’s Brussels, heart of the European project,” he says. “We in the LGBT community should know what it’s like to not feel we belong, and we know what it’s like to search for a home. I saw a parallel with our lives and with what the European Union is supposed to be about, and I wanted to explore it.”
Elska Brussels is available now in print or download.