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Musikblogg: Pop Star Darin Wins “Årets HBTQ” Posted by on Mar 5, 2021 in Culture

Musician Darin wins Årets HBTQ from QX Magazine. Photo: Peter Knutson

What do pop star Darin and the Crown Princess Victoria have in common? Is it their love of a good fika at the gay-friendly café Chokladkoppen, just a stone’s throw from the Royal Castle? Perhaps. But this year it’s something bigger; they each share the spotlight in receiving awards from the Swedish LBGT magazine QX. In this week’s music blog, we’ll highlight artist Darin’s win at Gaygalan, some LGBT vocab, and read both his and Victoria’s digital acceptances in Swedish.

First, Some Queer Vocab:

HBTQ is the Swedish equivalent for LGBT. It stands for:

Homosexuella  
Bisexuella
Transpersoner
Queer

The words above are almost identical to their counterparts in English. You can also use the adjective cognates gay as well as straight with a Swedish lilt in your pronunciation. For more queer vocab, visit RFSL’s website.

Vad är QX? What is QX?

QX is a monthly Swedish publication started in 1995 for gay and gay-friendly audiences. Their mission is to create a platform for the LGBT community in the Nordic Countries. QX writers pen content in Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, and even German. For queer travelers, QX puts out a Gay Guide to Stockholm in English to highlight gay events and gay-friendly travel spots.

Vad är Gaygalan? What is the “Gay Gala”?

The annual Gaygalan is a red carpet event that was established by QX in 1999 to celebrate the year’s best-ofs. QX’s readers vote for their favorite song, author, and film of the year, among other categories. There is even a “Keep-up-the-good-work of the Year” award to highlight individuals and groups championing work in the LBGT community. You can find a complete list of the winners and categories on wikipedia here.

Although the physical award show was canceled this year, the show went on… digitally. Arguably, the most prestigious awards are Årets HBTQ och Årets hetero / “LBGT Person of the Year” and “Hetero of the Year.” This brings us to our next question:

Vem vann i år? Who won this year?

Årets HBTQ / LBGT Person of the Year is artist and musician Darin. He took two prizes this year, also winning with Årets

Årets låt, Song of the Year. Photo: Peter Knutson, QX

Låt / Song of the Year, ”En säng av rosor / A Bed of Roses. You may remember a post Musikblogg: Fill in the Blank with SVT’s Musikkalendern that I wrote in December. Give Darin’s original song a listen and complete the listening exercise.

Stockholm native Darin Zanyar kom ut (came out) last summer after years in the entertainment industry. He reflected on coming out and winning the prize with this statement to QX:



Det här ett ovärderligt pris för mig. Tack för all kärlek och allt stöd ni visat mig ända sen jag kom ut förra året. Jag är så rörd av den fina responsen jag har fått från så många utav er. Jag visste verkligen inte hur det skulle tas emot, så ert fina välkomnande har betytt väldigt mycket för mig.
Vi har alla olika historier och resor som vi gått igenom och jag har en sån stor respekt för alla hbtq- personer, för jag vet att det inte alltid är så enkelt att vara gay i en straight värld.

Det som rört mig mest är när jag insåg hur mycket det faktiskt har hjälpt andra som gått igenom samma sak och inte vågat ta det klivet jag tog. Ni som då fick modet att också komma ut eller berätta för era närmsta, det här priset delar vi tillsammans!


Årets hetero är Kronprincessan / Hetero of the Year is the Crown Princess

Crown Princess Victoria’s title as “straight person of the year” earned international headlines.  The Crown Princess gave a speech at last year’s Stockholm Pride that struck a chord with the QX subscriber base, prompting the award. See her reflection on winning this award via the Royal Family’s Instagram feed:

Princess Victoria for QX Magazine. Photo: Peter Knutson

 


”Jag blev verkligen stolt och glad för den fina utmärkelsen från QX:s läsare. Den betyder mycket för mig. Tack! […] Det senaste året har varit en utmaning på olika sätt. På många håll i världen har arbetet för mänskliga rättigheter försvårats eller hindrats i skuggan av pandemin. Därför är det nu särskilt angeläget att vi fortsätter att varje dag arbeta för en värld där hbtqi-personer ges möjlighet att leva i frihet och utan förtryck. En värld där man kan vara just den man är, och vara stolt över det.”

 

Why is this important as a language learner?

It’s easy to get into a silo with language learning resources. But one must remember that Sweden is a living and breathing place with many different people and experiences. So, exploring other narratives will not only give you a richer vocabulary but also an array of connection points to draw from in your Swedish conversations. You may not become a QX subscriber after reading this blog article, but I challenge you to mix up your target language material from time to time. 

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About the Author: Chelsea B

Chelsea is a Swedish language instructor and translator living in Minnesota, U.S. She has a degree in Scandinavian Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College and has experience living and working in Sweden from north to south! In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, listening to music, and practicing slöjd, the Swedish word for handcraft.


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