Hans Wijtenberg the founder of the famous drag bar Lellebel, was awarded a prestigious city award called the Andreaspenning or Andrews medal. Wijtenberg received the award from the city alderwomen Simone Kukenheim, after the premier of the anniversary musical about Lellebel.
Hans Wijtenberg awarded the medal
Wijtenberg is not only known as the owner of Lellebel, but also performs regularly as Desirée dello Stilletto or Tante Dees (Aunty Dees). And Lellebel is the home of the bicultural transgender organization Trans United. Wijtenberg was also the driving force behind the musical Lellebel, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the bar.
The city wanted to honor Hans Wijtenberg for all the work he did for the LGBTQI community. Especially his work for the transvestite and transgender community is appreciated. Or as they said at the award “with all the work he did, Hans made an important contribution to hospitality and freedom which are an important part of the DNA of Amsterdam”.
Andreas penning or Andrews medal
The Andrews medal is named after the three Andrews crosses in the coat-of-arms of Amsterdam. The city awards the medal to people who made important contributions to the city. Especially people active in sports, science, journalism, arts, politics, economie, media, eduction or museums are awarded this honor. It is important that this contribution has not only city-wide, but also a national dimension. In the past other LGBTQI people received the medal. Honorees were Dolly Bellefleur and the people who started the Amsterdam Pride (Ernst Verhoeven, Peter Kramer and Siep de Haan.