Sweden crown princess hands out ‘Gay of the Year’ award

Swedish Crown Princess Victoria made headlines Tuesday after handing out the country's "Gay of the Year" award to an author whose writings about the 1980s AIDS crisis has gripped the nation.

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Wedding of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, and Daniel Westling; Cortège at Slottsbacken

“It’s a true delight for me to be here tonight. To feel your power, your happiness and your sense of community,” the princess said in a speech hailed as historic by media and gay rights activists.

The princess, 35, entered the stage to the tones of disco group ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” at an awards ceremony organised by the Swedish gay magazine QX.

The prize was given to openly author and comedian Jonas Gardell, whose book and TV series “Never Dry Tears Without Gloves” has sparked a national debate on the treatment of gay men during the onset of the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.

The book’s title refers to the instructions given to a nurse as she wiped tears off a dying man’s face.

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