Youtuber Jessie Maya has received the first Pride Award for her contribution to the emancipation of the LGBTI community. The prizes were awarded by AVROTROS for the first time this year.

The Pride Awards are given to well-known and unknown people who have meant something to the LGBTI community. In addition to vlogger Jessie Maya, COC information officer Krystztof Dobrowolski-Onclin received a prize. The awards, designed by Bas Kosters, were presented by Ingrid van Engelshoven, Minister of Education, Culture and Science.

Jessie Maya received the most votes in the category of fame, leaving behind photographer Erwin Olaf, presenter Margriet van der Linden, football star Merel van Dongen and actress Romana Vrede. De Youtuber makes short films about her life as a trans woman and in this way made the transition she was experiencing negotiable.

Dobrowolski-Onclin was chosen from over 350 submissions by the public as an unknown LGBTI hero by the Pride Awards jury, consisting of presenter Cornald Maas, COC chairman Astrid Oosenbrug and Amsterdam Pride chairman Frits Huffnagel. The information officer has been working as a volunteer for the COC for twenty years, coordinating information at schools in Amsterdam.

The Pride Awards were presented for the first time this year by AVROTROS.