by Leander Milbrecht
Darin Zanyar came out as gay to his Instagram followers. The 33-year-old is one of Sweden’s most famous pop stars – with seven number one albums. The singer with Kurdish roots has also become a role model for the Kurdish community through his courageous step.
“Everyone in the world should be able to be proud and accepted for who they are. I know how difficult it can be. Took me a while, but I am proud to be gay. Happy Pride!”
Zanyar was born in Sweden on June 2, 1987. His parents are from Kurdish Iraq. In 2004 he took part in a Swedish singing competition and made it to the finals. Although he didn’t win, his career started full blast afterwards. With seven number one albums, he is now one of Swedens best-selling artists.
Coming-outs give hope to Kurdish queer community
Zanyar is not alone in this: Shortly before his outing, the Dutch-Kurdish singer Naaz declared on Instagram that she is queer – because she would love in more ways than she had previously thought. The Kurdish queer community celebrated the two stars’ coming out in social media as the beginning of a new era. Until now, there have been hardly any famous role models for young Kurdish queers who have publicly come out. One user wrote:
These two amazing and talented Kurdish singers came out yesterday as a part of LGBTQIA+. Until now the Kurdish lgbt community lacked any representation. This is beyond of what you think. Now a kurdish child who feel different have a representation, and have someone to lookup too. pic.twitter.com/FOJiPG332Y
— milanananan (@milanmeriwani) August 3, 2020
Another one said in his post:
Do you people remember Darin Zanyar? The famous Kurdish singer that blew up mid 00s?
Well, he just came out!
Making him the first Kurdish artist that’s openly gay!
We’re all proud and sending utmost support for this young man. Hoping he’ll overcome the backlashes with ease. pic.twitter.com/UPLOFbpeZq
— ZeeTheKid (@Zheera_ZJ) August 3, 2020
- 720px-Darin_Zanyar_2014-01-18_001: By Erik Asla / Warner Music Sweden - http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/warnermusic/images/darin-pressbild-285127, CC BY 3.0 / wikimedia.org/
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