Conchita Wurst Hub
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.”
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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:
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.
Watch highights from Madrid's Pride parade and part of Conchita's appearance in which she sings "And I'm Telling You", AFTER THE JUMP...
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.
In an interview before his May election, Bulgarian Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Angel Dzhambazki described Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst as a “bearded creature.”
In the same interview, Dzhambazki said that recognition of the intersexed as a third gender is “absolutely an unacceptable targeting of humanity against nature.”
Speaking to One Europe, Dzhambazki said:
“A beard lady became a symbol of the Old continent a few days ago. This bearded creature, called with the European name Conchita Wurst is like genetically modified organism and won the Eurovision. And I wonder, if the vice of our time is that we tolerate the perversity. I don’t want such a song contest for my children.”
Yesterday, Dzhambazki was accepted into the Eurosceptic centre-right Conservative Party’s ECR group in the European Parliament, along with Irish MEP Brian Crowley.
Speaking to Pink News, English Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder said:
“The public deserves an explanation as to why Conservative MEPs have agreed to share a platform with this divisive and hateful figure who is so out of touch with British values of tolerance and compassion. By associating themselves with such an openly racist and homophobic politician the Tories are dancing with the devil.”
Dzhambazki, a member of the Bulgaria Without Censorship party which is aligned with the Bulgarian National Movement, has also been accused of inciting hatred against immigrants, calling on the citizens of Sofia to "clean up" Bulgaria's capital city and take “self-defence actions” by establishing “volunteer patrols and units”.
Check out Conchita Wurst's winning Eurovision performance, AFTER THE JUMP...
Joining the revered company of religious wingnuts and reactionary politicians, Russian President Vladimir Putin is piling more hate onto Conchita Wurst for winning Eurovision 2014. Said Putin at a dinner in St. Petersburg:
The Bible talks about the two genders, man and woman, and the main purpose of union between them is to produce children. For us it is important to reaffirm traditional values.... I personally am very liberal (on matters of personal morality). People have the right to live their lives the way they want. But they should not be aggressive, or put it up for show.
It's a standard variation of the tired "stop rubbing it in our faces" argument, but the buried lede here is that Putin views himself as "very liberal." One has to wonder what qualifies as liberal in the mind of a man who compares gays to Nazis.