Girls Like Us

GIRLS LIKE US is an independent magazine turning the spotlight on an international expanding community of women from all genders within arts, culture and activism. Through personal stories, essays and vanguard visuals GIRLS LIKE US unfolds feminist legacies in arts and writing. Mixing politics with pleasure, the magazine is mapping collaborative routes towards a non-patriarchy.

Who’s involved in it?

Jessica Gysel, Katja Mater and Sara Kaaman are the key team at the moment, but there's a larger group of people involved, both in Brussels and internationally.

What’s your origin story and your motivation?

That’s a very long story. Let’s keep it short by saying it was started in 2005, as the follow up of KUTT magazine, the sister magazine of influencial gay BUTT magazine.

Do you want to share a special memory with us?

Our core team moved from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2014. After being here for 6 months, we did a Girls Like Us weekender, with a temporary shop, a mini feminist library, workshops, parties, talks & screenings. A lot of people came and supported us, we felt so welcome. It was really the beginning of us being more involved in the Brussels queer scene...

What are some of your favorite spots in Brussels?

Obviously Mothers and Daughters, a lesbian & trans bar*, as we were one of the founding members. As a queer and feminist publication, it's really important to support physical places where people can meet, especially spaces that are run in a safer and collective way.

Beursschouwburg, a Brussels landmark event space, with quite an edgy programming, very inclusive and intergenerational.

WIELS, the closest Brussels comes to having a contemporary arts museum.

Parc Duden, great for walking the dog.

Where can we find you virtually and/or physically?


Girls Like Us, 2021

*based on queer archives