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Russia Cancels Anti-Gay Eurovision Alternative - VIDEO

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Russia has canceled plans to hold it’s own drag queen-free Eurovision alternative, reports Attitude.  

The “Voice of Eurasia” - which originally ran in the Soviet era between 1977 and 1980 - would have consisted mostly of countries from the former Soviet Union.

Following this year’s Eurovision, Communist Party deputy Valery Rashkin said that the “madness” of Conchita Wurst’s win had exhausted Russia’s patience.

In a statement at the time, the country’s Slavic Committee said:

“Conchita Wurst's Eurovision victory symbolises the complete collapse of the European Union's moral values. We do not need Europe!”

However, although the show’s producers will not hold the event next month due to the current “political situation” in Russia, they are still planning to host the contest in 2015.

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Russian Reps Under Investigation For Homophobic Conchita Wurst Cartoon - VIDEO

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Two Russian politicians are under investigation after using a video depicting Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst to announce their anti-gay platform, reports The Moscow Times.

The six-second video by Murmansk city council representatives Oleg Guz and Almaz Gismeyev - which has since been deleted - depicted several cartoon figures resembling Wurst gathering a sign reading “There will be a parade!”  The video then shows Guz and Gismeyev shaking hands while a voice-over announces their names and the slogan “Against Loudmouths and Gays.”

Although GayRussia.eu said that Guz and Gismeyev uploaded the video themselves, it is unclear whether it was an official campaign video for the upcoming municipal elections on Sept. 14.

Prosecutors in the city are investigating the video for evidence of incitement to hatred.

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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.

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Conchita Wurst Struts Down Runway for Gaultier: VIDEO

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In addition to being the winner of this year’s Eurovision singing contest, Conchita Wurst can now add couture fashion model to her CV after making her debut on the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier. Wurst and Gaultier first met two years ago at another of Gaultier’s shows, the designer told The Independent. Gaultier was instantly struck and inspired by the Austrian drag queen.

“I always say that beauty is difference and Conchita has shown us all that she is unstoppable.” Said Gaultier “[S]he looks great in couture; she is a real couture woman.”

In the past Gaultier has worked other iconoclastic beauties such as singer Beth Ditto, and drag queens Juanita More and Andrej Pejic.

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Millions Hit Streets of Madrid for LGBT Pride, Including Conchita Wurst: VIDEO

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More than a million people took to the streets of Madrid, Spain yesterday for one of Europe's largest LGBT Pride celebrations, Expatica reports:

ConchitaTens of thousands crammed one of the Spanish capital's broad central avenues, the Paseo del Prado, in the early evening to the din of drums and whistles in a parade scheduled to last seven hours.

Organisers expected more than a million people at the evening parade, the main event in five days of festivities by defenders of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.

The festival kicked off on Wednesday night with an open air appearance by Conchita Wurst, the bearded Austrian transvestite who won the Eurovision song contest in May. That was followed on Thursday by an annual highlight of the festival: men in high heels and dresses raced on foot through Madrid's gay district, Chueca, cheered on by crowds.

Wurst sang on Friday evening alongside various Spanish stars at a concert in the Vicente Calderon stadium, home to Atletico Madrid football club.

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Irish Government To End Discrimination Against LGBT Teachers - VIDEO

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The Irish government announced on June 28th that under an employment law amendment to be passed shortly, schools will no longer be allowed to fire teachers based on family status or sexual orientation.

The news came on the same day as Dublin’s biggest ever Pride Parade, with an estimated attendance of 40,000.

The amendment, jointly submitted by Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, will repeal section 37 of the Employment Equality Act of 1998, which currently allows religious institutions to discriminate “where it is reasonable to do so in order to maintain the religious ethos of the institution”.

Speaking to The Journal, Labour Senator Ivana Bacik said that there were delays in the repeal of section 37 of the Employment Equality Act in order to ensure that the legislation was “robust enough":

“The Department of Education have been keen to progress it as it affects teachers in their everyday work. Teachers unions have been campaigning for this for a long time. While it has never been used to dismiss someone, it has still been present for teachers. It struck fear in teachers who were fearful of sharing personal details about their personal lives with colleagues and that really is unsatisfactory.”

According to the Irish Times, the proposal to repeal Section 37 will come before government ministers today.  Following approval, the proposals will be passed on to the lower and upper houses of the Irish legislature.

The change in legislation has had cross-party support within the Irish legislature.

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