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Sweden’s Crown Princess Makes Surprise Appearance for Gay Of The Year

Jim Burroway

February 6th, 2013

Jonas Gardell and Crown Princess Victoria (Photo: Christian Hagward/QX)

That has to be one of the gayest headlines I’ve ever written. The fun doesn’t stop there:

Princess Victoria presented the Gay of the Year award to an author who wrote about the 1980s AIDS crisis.

Taking to the stage to ABBA’s Dancing Queen, the 35-year-old, presented the award to Jonas Gardell, whose book and TV series, Never Dry Tears Without Gloves, sparked debate on the treatment of gay men during the onset of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.

Her surprise appearance earned her a standing ovation.

The book’s title refers to the instructions given to a nurse as she wiped tears off a dying man’s face. When it was published, is set off a wave of soul-searching in a country which prides itself on its tolerance and compassion.




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