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Austrian Drag Performer Conchita Wurst Wins Eurovision: VIDEO

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Austrian drag performer Conchita Wurst has won the Eurovision Song Contest, BBC reports:

Drag act Conchita Wurst won the competition with her song, Rise Like a Phoenix, with 290 points.

Collecting her trophy she said: "This night is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom. You know who you are - we are unity and we are unstoppable."

The Netherlands finished second with 238 points with Sweden third with 218.

Check out her showstopping performance and her reaction to winning, AFTER THE JUMP...



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  1. To the short-sighted posters who question "Conhita's" sexuality: It isn't important. She is a terrific talent. She helps us out of the Victorian rigidity of polarized sex and gender and into a world where your talent and skill matter more than your appearance and clothing. Frankly, it still makes me a little uneasy, but I welcome the freedom and potential surprises entailed.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | May 11, 2014 8:51:44 AM

  2. congrats Conchita

    Posted by: Moz's | May 11, 2014 11:03:39 AM

  3. To Tyler, Vann and other small-minded morons who posted their comments here against Wurst…I'm not a big fan of her song/performance but I applaud Wurst and Eurovision for what they've done as it was a slap to the face of Russia, Belarus & Armenia who banned/removed her from their broadcast.

    Posted by: Eric A | May 11, 2014 11:33:58 AM

  4. It all started with the Cockettes.

    Posted by: emjayay | May 11, 2014 12:24:37 PM

  5. Mike - Nothing in that wikipedia article says that this dude is gay or not. The fact that he is so coy about it suggests that he is probably not gay but is trying to use gullible gays to support his career.

    BillyExpat - Of course everyone should oppose Putin and his homophobia. But I don't see how it helping gays in Russia to support a bearded Austrian dude in a dress. We are just confirming to the Russian people that gays are the product of the West and are people who are gender confused, transvestites, or who don't know if they are men or women. We should instead be highlighting accomplished gay Russians who have contributed to building their nation.

    Posted by: Pete Frankas | May 11, 2014 1:37:39 PM

  6. @Pete: Conchita identifies as part of the gay community. Nothing coy about that. And it wasn't the "gullible gays" she needed to win over--it was the support of straight people, and she got it. She also had a lot of popular support in Russia, to the chagrin of the powers-that-be. That's a good thing.

    The victory doesn't mean the accomplishments of gay Russians can't be highlighted, though the Putin regime has been trying to scrub the gay out of Russian history. That started long before a bearded drag queen won Eurovision and would have continued regardless.

    Posted by: Ernie | May 11, 2014 7:11:14 PM

  7. Ernie said:

    "Conchita identifies as part of the gay community."

    What is that supposed to mean? Is he gay or not? And where have you seen that he identifies as part of the gay community? I have seen nothing of the sort. Someone linked to his wiki page, but it says nothing about his sexual orientation or gays.

    Also, this singer is a dude. He is not trans. It is considered transphobic to call this guy a "she" as it equates drag queens with transgenders. If you are going to be the moral authority on diversity and political correctness, you should really know all the petty rules.

    Posted by: Pete Frankas | May 12, 2014 1:51:18 AM

  8. Thomas,the man behind Conchita is gay. He came out on Austrian national television at age 18 eight years ago.

    And since when do you have to use he when you are talking about the drag persona of a person. In private life you use the male pronoun but for the drag queen persona the female.

    Posted by: Fretan | May 12, 2014 3:09:21 AM

  9. @Pete: It means what it means. I'm not sure why you're finding it all so complicated. As for pronouns, Fretan already explained that. Relax. It's not like reading this story means you have to become a gay man performing (spectacularly, it should be noted) as a bearded lady.

    Posted by: Ernie | May 12, 2014 4:12:33 AM

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