Bob van Schijndel (Amsterdam, 1945) was involved in many initiatives. He for instance launched an action to have openly gay men elected for the Amsterdam City Council in 1974.
In 1982 he was the first to write a ‘homonota’ (gay policy document). In this document he describes the strategy and view on homosexuality and sets the agenda for the Amsterdam Council. His initiative was replicated by other cities and later by the Dutch government. He was also one of the driving forces behind the Homomonument since 1983, PR manager of the Amsterdam Gay Games and member of the equal Rights Committee (‘Commissie Gelijke Behandeling‘), amongst many other activities. He was member of the Amsterdam City Council and of the Dutch Senate.
His activities were always aimed at improving the position of homosexuals, enhancing visibility and supporting those struggling with their sexuality. He also reached out to sex workers as early as 1985. In parallel to these political initiatives, he also recognised the need to have gay and lesbian organisations, hence his initiative to set up Gay Swim in 1995. In 2018 he received the Bob Angelo award.