I am Christopher Aqurette, a Swedish writer and commentator with a Master of Arts in Religious Studies. I was born in May 1972 at Höllviken, a coastal village on the southernmost tip of the Scandinavian Peninsula. After many years abroad, I now live with my husband in Malmö, the country’s third-largest city and a major seaport situated on Øresund opposite Copenhagen.
I have written articles for several publications, and I was one in a small group of people who, in 1995, founded QX, Scandinavia’s leading gay publication. In April 2000, I bought my very own domain name and began to publish myself online. Five years later, in August 2005, I launched my diary and set about sharing personal thoughts and pictures along with notable stories.
I recently embarked on writing fiction, which is something I have not done for a very long time, even though it has always been what I wanted to do the most. As I have written much about the writings of other people and read all types of literature, not least whilst doing the spadework for book and theatre reviews, I now think I have enough literary experience to write a smart suspense novel.
In addition to being a freelance writer, my working life has spanned managerial responsibilities in a global information technology company, judge service in the city court and the appellate court, councillorship in a city borough, strategic public health planning for a local government, and chairmanship of a professional organization promoting good health in the gay and transgender community.
I was a mature student when I began to study for my master’s degree at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University. As a libertarian philosopher committed to the whole gamut of civil liberties and human rights, I devoted much of my academic studies to analyses of how Sweden’s judiciary has dealt with legal challenges to the religious freedom of minority groups.
In my final thesis, I examined four court cases that have become legal precedents. I did so with the purpose of trying the hypothesis that for a custom to be protected by the laws of religious freedom it must carry value in a defined religion in accordance with American philosopher John Searle’s general theory of institutional facts, expressed in his formula, X counts as Y in C.
I have been active in politics since my late teens. In 2010, I won a nomination in the conservative Moderate Party’s primary election and subsequently ran for a seat in the Swedish Parliament. I did not manage to win enough votes in the general election, so my political activism has shifted to organizations advocating individual liberty, laissez-faire capitalism, and European federalism.
My pastimes are mostly linked to my interest in the arts. I take great pleasure in art exhibitions, I spend many hours a week on quality film and television, and I have a season ticket to the Royal Danish Theatre, where I regularly appreciate opera and ballet. I read for pleasure every day and have a particular fondness for aphorisms because I subscribe to the minimalist idea that less is more.
I am a frequent traveller who considers visits to cities of great culture a favourite leisure activity. As a staunch Europhile with a taste for fine art, I love spending time at one of Europe’s many theatres and museums. I am also keen on visiting the places with the best gay bars, clubs, and parties. And my affection for America makes me do regular journeys across the Atlantic Ocean.
My diary is registered with the Swedish Broadcasting Authority. Sources are therefore legally protected and their right to anonymity is absolute. To make contact, send me an email, a text message, a letter by post, or a direct message on Twitter and Facebook.
Portrait photography by Andreas Paulsson (2016).