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Austrian LGBT Couples Can Now Legally Adopt Children

AustriaThanks to a Wednesday decision made in the Austrian Constitutional Court, same-sex couples will now be able to adopt children. Previously, gay and lesbian couples could only adopt if one of the partners was the child’s biological mother or father.

Chief Judge Gerhart Holzinger explained that the court could find "no objective argument for a differing rule based solely on sexual orientation" of prospective parents.

Same-sex couples may form a “registered partnership” in Austria, but are not permitted to marry. 


Lesbians Ordered to Leave Vienna Cafe After Kissing

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A lesbian couple was ordered to leave a cafe in Vienna, Austria last week after they shared a kiss which was deemed appropriate “in a brothel,” reports Pink News.

The couple, Eva Prewein and Anastasia Lopez, were told to leave Café Prückel after a waiter refused to serve them.

When they complained to the manager, they were told that kissing belongs “in a brothel and not in a traditional coffee house."

Around 2,000 people have indicated they intend to take part in a kiss-in protest planned at the cafe this coming Friday.

Café Prückel claims to "offer everything a Viennese coffee house has made world famous" - excluding a welcome for LGBT customers it would appear.

In June of last year, Austria's first openly gay politician, Ulrike Lunacek, was attacked with acid at Vienna's Rainbow Parade.


Conchita Wurst Says She Wants to Spend a Week With Putin to Better 'Understand' Him

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In an interview with Austria's Kurier newspaper, Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst explained her desire to visit Russia and spend a week with Vladimir Putin in order to better "understand" him.

The Local Austria reports:

“What does it mean to be Vladimir Putin? What pressure is he under?” she wondered. “At the end of the day, Putin just wants to be respected. This desire for respect unites Putin with minorities.”

PutinWurst added, however, that whatever pressure Putin is under does not excuse his country's discriminatory laws and that she has many fans in Russia which to her is "incredibly beautiful because it shows that many Russians do not agree with the decisions of their government."

RT notes Putin's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, "reportedly laughed off the possibility of a meeting between Wurst and the Russian president".

Check out Wurst's full (German language) interview with Kurier here.

Earlier this month, we reported Wurst would be returning to Eurovision Song Contest next year as a presenter and host. 


Conchita Wurst Returns As Presenter And Host For 2015 Eurovision Contest

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The glamorous Conchita Wurst, Austrian winner of 2014's Eurovision Song Contest, is returning to the song contest in a different capacity reports Pink NewsWurst is returning for the May 2015 contest as a presenter, and will also host the Green Room segment of the show, interviewing the current acts. Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer are taking up the main hosting roles during the event.

Wurst is also set to perform 2014's winning song "Rise Like A Phoenix," during the 2015's Contest Grand Final. The 2015 Contest is set to take place in Vienna. Wurst also performed in October at the European Parliament in Brussels and in the same month performed in front of the United Nations where she met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Several conservative countries were irked, including Russia, when Wurst won the 2014 Contest; Russia went so far as to revive a Soviet era Eurovision rival as a 'family friendly' alternative, but the notion was quietly scrapped this Summer.


UN Secretary-General Praises Conchita Wurst and Her Human Rights Advocacy

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This morning in Vienna, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted a meeting with Eurovision's Conchita Wurst. Reunters reports Secretary-General Ban praised Wurst for her talent, as well as what she represents from a human rights perspective.

Despite the UN's somewhat uneven track record on gay issues, this news is the latest in a consistant trend of good news for LGBT people out of the U.N.

Secretary-General Ban thanked Wurst for turning Eurovision into a "moment of human rights education." 

Said Ban: 

This year I extended benefits to same-sex partners of U.N. staff members... Discrimination has no place in the United Nations...When I heard that [Wurst] won this Eurovision song contest I immediately knew that she was a star of the world.

Reuters points out Ban's endorsement is particularly meaningful at a time when global tensions over LGBT issues are rising. They quote a confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who criticized Wurst, saying she symbolised "ethno-fascism," and a "decadent agenda" that the West tries to impose. 

[photo via Twitter]


Eurovision Winner Conchita Wurst Stuns With A Live Performance Of Cher's 'Believe' - VIDEO

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Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst gave a stunning performance of Cher’s Believe on live Austrian TV show Starnacht am Woerthersee on Saturday night.

Conchita was also interviewed and performed her Eurovision-winning song Rise Like A Phoenix.

Watch both performances, AFTER THE JUMP...

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