My everyday name is Christopher. My Hebrew name is Avner (אבנר). As so many European Jews, I’m part of an interfaith family. I was born in May 1972 at Höllviken, a locality on the southernmost tip of the Scandinavian Peninsula. After many years abroad, I now live with my husband in Malmö, a seaport situated on the Sound opposite Copenhagen.
I have written for various publications, and I’m always working on a story. In the autumn of 1995, I was one in a small group of people who founded QX, Scandinavia’s leading queer magazine. In April 2000, I bought my domain name and began to publish myself on the Internet. Then, in August 2005, I launched my diary and set about sharing thoughts and pictures along with fine art and notable news.
In addition to being an independent writer, I’m a lecturer in issues related to homosexuality, philosophy, religion, and public health. My working life has spanned managership at a technology company, clerkship at an enforcement agency, judgeship at the district and appellate courts, councillorship in a city borough, entrepreneurship in the publishing industry, and headship of several very different organisations.
I have spent my adult life fighting against HIV and fighting for people living with it. HIV—an abbreviation for the human immunodeficiency virus—is a retrovirus that, if untreated, destroys the body’s natural protection against infection. I began volunteering in the early 1990s when I first learned that some friends were living with HIV while others were dying from immune deficiency.
I became a mature student in 2005 when I enrolled at the Department of Philosophy and the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University. As a libertarian with a laissez-faire attitude to culture and a commitment to the whole gamut of civil liberties, I devoted much of my academic studies to analyses of the legal challenges to religious freedom that have been brought about by government agencies in Europe.
Leisure activities are mostly linked to my interest in the arts. I enjoy both classical and modern art, I spend many hours a week on quality film and television, and I have a season ticket to the Royal Danish Theatre, where I appreciate opera and ballet. I read for pleasure every day and have a special fondness for aphorisms and intelligent dialogue, in part because I subscribe to the minimalist idea that less is more.
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 social media. I prefer confidential and sensitive information to be communicated by either encrypted email or text messaging. I’m no fan of the telephone, so keep it in writing.
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