LGBT Danmark gives SKAM – LAKS award 2017

LGBT Denmark honours this year's Norwegian youth series SKAM for bringing a nuanced image of being homosexual on the TV screen.

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The successful SKAM series has been on all – especially the young lips since it started airing. With it’s many characters and portraits of everyday life and culture as a young, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, the series has created a much needed, nuanced and realistic picture of what it means to be young today and young LGBTQ.

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For the same reason, it was not difficult for LGBT Denmark to decide that this year’s “LAKS” should go to SKAM and the actors, the author, the director and the NRK. The reasoning thus states:

SKAM has in a nice and effortless way told, among other things, the story of the three homosexual Isak and Even and Eskild. The season gave a loving and natural portrait of the young people at eye level with today’s youth, who broke with stereotypical performances and taboos. SKAM talks to both the heart and the brain and can help other young people who are creating an identity and to allow them to understand that they are the one they are without reservation.

Julie Andem, the scriptwriter and the director of SKAM, says about the award of this year’s “LAKS”: “We in SKAM are so happy and grateful to win this award because it means we have achieved something with the purpose of the series: To make everyday life easier for young people who are ashamed of their own sexuality. It is so important that we continue to tell stories of this kind of theme and that we show young people a diverse picture of what sex and sexuality are. I’m very excited to receive the prize and celebrate Pride with you on 19 August! “.

Carl Martin Eggesbø, who plays the homosexual Eskild in SKAM, says of the year’s “LAKS”: “We are very grateful, it is very touching to hear that our work has meant so much. SKAM’s diversity of love stories has made it easier for them who grow up today. Perhaps it has made it a little easier for one and another parent and grandparent too. And what these stories have taught us is that behind skin colour, religious affiliation or sexual orientation, we are all basically people who try as well we can to handle love too. “

LGBT Denmark’s annual award is the LAKS of the Year, is given to people, organisations or others who have been moving towards the stream during the year. Former recipients of the LAKS of the Year include former Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Morten Kjærum, Nina Stork and others.

Julie Andem, scriptwriter and director of SKAM and Carl Martin Eggesbø, who plays the gay character Eskild in SKAM received the prize today at Pride Show (Copenhagen Pride) at Rådhuspladsen in Copenhagen. In addition, there was video greetings on the big screen from “Isak and Even”, the gay boyfriends in SKAM, played by Tarjei Sandvik Moe and Henrik Holm.

LAKS = salmon

Photo by NRK

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