The mayor wants the police to step up their fight against homophobia and discrimination.
"Brussels is a city that welcomes everybody. Every violent incident is one too many. This is why I backed plans for the Brussels city authorities to be involved in the annual Gay Pride Parade from the outset."
Police are trying to identify the attacker: "Combatting physical aggression is one of the priorities of our police zone. We have a specialised team at work 24/7. Since 2010 patrols in the city centre have been increased" says the mayor.
The mayor also insisted that all victims of homophobic attacks must file a complaint with the police and specify the nature of the attack.