This Government Award is named after the famous Dutch entertainer Jos Brink (1942-2007), who devoted himself in various ways to promoting the acceptance of homosexuality. The award was presented to Henk Krol of the Gaykrant (a gay newspaper) and to the Friends of the Gaykrant Foundation in 2009. In 2011 it was awarded to the Volunteers at the COC (a gay outreach and support organisation). The prize is awarded in recognition of an extraordinary contribution made to promote the social acceptance of gay and transgender people in the Netherlands.
The Innovation Prize consists of 12 cubes with a surface of human resemblance. I chosen for the number 12 because the number 12 is a combination of the numbers 1, which means, "Stay positive," and 2, which means, "Keep the faith." Together, 12 is a strong message to stay positive, optimistic, and filled with faith . . . because your positive thoughts and faith will create a positive outcome. Each cube is a mixture of different clay types. Each type has a different color, which represents the diversity of the LGBTQ community.
The winner of the Jos Brink Innovation Prize 2017: BeyonG Weldkamp