Crown Princess Victoria made headlines 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. "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 prize was given to 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. "Few have touched us and made us so proud as you have. Your message is clear. Straighten your back. Stretch out your hand. We will wipe each other's tears," Victoria said to the author after a surprise appearance that prompted a standing ovation at the glitzy award show. "Victoria, you're our crown princess, but I think tonight I'm our queen," Gardell replied. Last year's Gay of the Year title went to Sweden's first elite footballer to announce he's gay, Anton Hysen, son of former Liverpool star Glenn Hysen. Sweden legalized gay marriage in 2009 and the Lutheran Church, which was the state church until 2000, has authorized the celebration of same sex marriages. Please support Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil's GLBT activism at Ekta Transglobal.
[PHOTO: Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria holds hands with Swedish gay author Jonas Gardell, after handing out the "Gay of the Year" award to Gardell during the annual Swedish QX Gay Gala in Stockholm, Sweden on February 4, 2013.]