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Princess steals the show at Sweden's gay gala

Published: 05 Feb 2013 10:23 GMT+01:00

The Gay Gala at the Cirkus concert venue in Stockholm is an annual event sponsored by QX magazine, which is published for the LGBT community in Sweden and Scandinavia.

At the gala, Crown Princess Victoria was given a minute-long standing ovation when she caught the audience by surprise and appeared on stage just before midnight. She was there to award the prize for Gay of the Year (Årets homo) to comedian and author Jonas Gardell.

"We'll dry each other's tears with open hearts," the princess announced.

"The prize goes to the author, the dramatists, and the inspiration - Jonas Gardell."

In Pictures: See the winners and performers at the gala

The comedian accepted the honour, but not without a quick reminder as to who was supposed to be the star of the moment.

"Victoria, you may be the princess but tonight I'm the queen," he said.

Gardell has been more in the spotlight than usual ever since the publication of his best-selling novel Never Dry Tears Without Gloves (Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar) that chronicles the Aids epidemic in Sweden in the 1980s.

The novel has since been made into a three-part TV series, and both the novel and the series picked up awards on Monday night.

Simon J. Berger, one of the lead actors in the series, picked up the award for Best TV star and Adam Pålsson and Adam Lundgren, from the same series, won best TV couple.

Other winners on the night included the Bee Bar as the best gay hangout, and Loreen's Euphoria as Song of the Year.

The gala will be broadcast on TV4 on Saturday night.

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11:45 February 5, 2013 by ann2
Victoria is the classiest royal ever.
12:34 February 5, 2013 by skogsbo
Imagine the outcry if you had the same 'straight' awards.
07:51 February 6, 2013 by stupr
@ skogsbo. The reason to have such an award is to help promote equality for the LGBT community.... ergo there would no such need for a straight award.
11:28 February 6, 2013 by byke
The real question is, where was daniel?

Was he "Behind the scenes"
12:15 February 8, 2013 by Achilles7
@ stupr

Having an event exclusively for LGBT people in order to promote equality seems self-defeating. Surely if we're all equal and all the same, etc. then there is no need to have a special event for a 'special' type of people. Ergo - they're not actually special because we're all the same. The whole thing is oxymoronic.
15:21 February 8, 2013 by tadchem
Respect is like love; if you want it for yourself, you have to give it away.

Bigotry is self-defining; if someone else's race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, or any other immutable characteristic is important to you, then you are the bigot.

If the LGBT community wants to give themselves awards, that is their business, and of no interest to me.

If the Princess wants to give her respects to the LGBT community, she will get respect back from them.
09:49 February 13, 2013 by salalah
#1: NOT

Seems like she is trying to please the one reamining group who still is fascinated with crinolines and crowns.

What about her biblical values?
11:29 February 25, 2013 by teodoratosic
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