Broussaille mural

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Painted in 1991 by Frank Pé, Broussaille was the city's first giant mural and depicts a young couple arm in arm. This strip is located in Brussels' gay-nightlife hub and originally it was difficult to tell whether the couple was a man and a woman or two men. Gay establishments used the mural to promote the quarter until 1999, when it was repainted and the black-haired figure was given a more feminine hairstyle, earrings and (slightly) bigger breasts.

Creeping homophobia or honest mistake? Nobody knows.

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