History and background of Bob Angelo Medal (Penning) And Certificate

Bob Angelo Medal was established in 1991 by the COC. On the one hand as a posthumous homage to COC-founder Niek Englishman (1913-1988) and on the other persons annually, to honor groups or organizations that have made meritorious special way at national or international level for the emancipation of gay men and lesbians.


In addition, Bob Angelo awarded a Certificate periodically from 1998 to persons and / or organizations who have made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of gay emancipation.

Bob Angelo was the pseudonym of Niek Englishman (1913-1988) – founder and first president of the COC.In 1940 he founded with some friends the magazine Levensrecht  on. After only one song had to be stopped making the blade, because that song came out in early May 1940 just before the German invasion of the Netherlands.

After WWII Englishman and his friends came together again and began to appear the magazine again. In December 1946 led to the creation of the Shakespeare Club, the first name of the charity who calls himself from 1948 COC.


Benno Premsela , former president of the COC.DEREK JARMAN , director, including Caravaggio and Edward II. ULRIKE OTTINGER , director – as Jarman for her contribution to the development of a gay / lesbian cinematography.

Relus ter Beek , Minister of Defence. RENÉ Holtel , captain & Chairman of the Working Group on Homosexuality and the Armed Forces. Both for their contribution to make the discussion of homosexuality in the armed forces

ANDREAS BURNIER , openly lesbian author of “The Jongensuur ‘and’ A satisfied smile ‘- early role model with a status similar to Gerard Reve and Anna Blaman.

Father Jan van Kilsdonk , as pastor of the Amsterdam Student Church an early advocate for an open and understanding attitude in pastoral care for homosexuals.

PAUL LEO , TV presenter – sassy openly homosexual and therefore taboo-breaking. SAD Schorerstichting  – for the groundbreaking work of this organization (now Schorer) in the field of LGBT specific health and HIV prevention.

Hans van Manen , choreographer – taboo-breaking with ballets in which ‘play’ is gender roles.

Marjan Sax , founder of Mama Cash, a fund for small-scale projects that woman thereby lesbians and their organizations at home and abroad has given a major boost.

ROB TIELMAN , founder Gay Studies Utrecht – for his contribution to the development of gay studies.

On the occasion of the  GAY GAMES 1998  in Amsterdam, the first to be Bob Angelo Badges awarded to: 
– Marianne van Staa & Tom Bijlmer – all volunteers 
– Deputy Mayor Harry Green – for government and residents of the city of Amsterdam.

John Blankenstein , openly gay referee – broke the taboo on homosexuality in a macho sport par excellence.

Bob Angelo Badges are awarded to: 
–  Jan-Willem Wabeke , Legal Adviser at the Friends of Gay Krant and thus important in the lobby, which has led to the opening up of civil marriage for same-sex partners. 
–  Marijke Burger , founder of Café Anders first soos for mentally disabled gays and lesbians.

TIM KROLJEREZ , founder and editor of the Gay Krant – for his role in opening up civil marriage for same-sex couples.

Bob Angelo Badges are awarded to: 
–  Eduard Boer  . – for his study on gay asylum seekers whom he knew to put this issue on the public agenda 
–  Janneke van der Brugh and Merel van Ginkel  – because of the creation of Jong from the cupboard, which they drew attention to the position of 16min-LGBT youth.

JOKE SWIEBEL , Euro-parliamentarian – for its pioneering work in the international on the agenda of equal rights for gays and women.

Bob Angelo Certificate is awarded to: 
–  Saddie Choua  – Belgian documentary maker – for making the documentary ‘My sister Zahra’ about homosexuality in Moroccan circles.

Bob Angelo Certificate  with golden pencil awarded by Minister Ronald Plasterk, is awarded to: DANNY Hoekzema , thé  front liner  of 16-min LGBT youth, took the initiative for Danny’s Parade, the boat 16minners during the Canal Parade, and establishing Joug & Out- matchmaking events and website.

Bob Angelo Certificate is awarded to: 
–  Mustafa Ayranci  – President of the Turkish Workers ‘Movement HTIB, “honorary ambassador for gay rights’ that Turkish community from within the Dutch bijgedrage to the discussion of homosexuality.

PANN foundation , for forty year deployment for the personal emancipation and social involvement of LGB youth in Utrecht and beyond.

Arie Boomsma , because of his work and set up as a program maker at Evangelische Omroep (EO) which he as no other public discussion of homosexuality in orthodox Christian circles has called and has become a role model for young people in that circle to a more open to adopt attitudes toward homosexuality.Remonstrant because the decision in 1986 as the first worldwide denomination to allow the blessing of gay / lesbian relationships thereby treating all life commitments equal. This step is indicative of the openness and tolerance of this church and was a breakthrough in Christian thinking about homosexuality and relationships and that has influenced thinking about it among Christian gays and among other Christian denominations in our country.The prize was awarded on the occasion of the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the denomination.

ERWIN OLAF because he like no other social outrage on LGBT vijdandig violence and discrimination knows how to put into words, thereby activates people and also about taking action. Furthermore, he takes it in his work as an artist tirelessly for LGBTs. PINK in BLUE that volunteer network of ‘pink’ agents in Amsterdam managed to lower the threshold for making declarations – by setting a special directly reachable phone number and by running ‘the street’ to go on. Did the police alert to anti-LGBT violence, strengthened the position of ‘pink’ agents and an inspiration for similar initiatives elsewhere in the Netherlands.

Boris Dittrich , delivered one of the first openly gay MPs a crucial contribution to the opening of marriage to same-sex couples, provided important building blocks for the current Dutch LGBT policy and now fights as director sexual minorities at Human Rights Watch ( HRW) worldwide for the rights of LGBTs who are oppressed and persecuted. MARIA of EAST , continued as the founder of ZijAanZij not only a beautiful  glossy  down, but also to think no more road platform where lesbian and bisexual women recognition, recognition and role models find, thus making a significant contribution to the emancipation of lesbian and bisexual women in the Netherlands.

Bob Angelo Certificate is awarded to: 
–  Björn van Roozendaal  – at his farewell as an international member of COC Netherlands – because of his merit as a board member of the IGLYO, for his efforts in obtaining the consultative status of the COC at the United Nations and the also help build a global LGBT network to get on the agenda of LGBT rights in the European Union, Council of Europe and the United Nations.

Mushin HENDRICKS , this award above all because he receives LGBT Muslims gives the strength to be who they are: Muslim and LGBT. This “pink Imam made ​​a very valuable contribution to the debate about sexual orientation, gender identity and Islam in the Netherlands, South Africa and the world.
TRANSGENDER MOVEMENT NETHERLANDS , a move that in recent years has made ​​many concrete results for the transgendered, and that is the result of years of effort, based on a political agenda, with support, visibility and mutual care and contact. Which is essential for equality and social acceptance. The medal is awarded to three protagonists who is very committed to this movement: CAROLIEN of Lagemaat, SIMON HUGHES and THOMAS Wormgoor.

CARRY SLED , author of children’s literature, in her popular books sexual diversity and gender identeit unemphatically and processed completely natural way and thus in a special way contributes to the emancipation of LGBTs in the Netherlands. , Thomas Hammarberg , Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe (2006- 2012), which gave a high priority to the rights of LGBTs. This resulted in the largest study ever to discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in Europe and the first report on human rights of transgender people in Europe.

Wielie Elhorst , president of the National KoördinatiePunt groups of church and homosexuality (LKP). He delivered during his board membership (as of 2001) and later presidency (2006-2014), an important contribution to the improvement of the position of Christian LGBT in the Netherlands, which nowadays also in orthodox Christian circles lake withLGBT is spoken, rather than about them. He was a driving force behind many innovative activities, including the world’s first ecclesiastical declaration against violence against homosexuals, the Sacred Boat on the Canal Parade, the alliance of Christian LGBT organizations LCC Plus and the Gay Pride church and involved in the development of various books about sexual orientation, gender identity and faith as Coming Out ​​Churches and uniform out of the closet – about homosexuality in the Salvation Army.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s