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Parade Honoring Eurovision Winner Conchita Wurst Blocked in Moscow

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Moscow officials have put the kibosh on a parade planned to honor Eurovision winner and bearded drag performer Conchita Wurst, the Guardian reports:

Citing the risk of violence and the need to "respect morality", Moscow's security department denied an application for the Conchita Wurst March of Bearded Women and Men, which was due to take place on 27 May...

...On Thursday, a representative for Moscow's security department announced that the parade had been rejected.

"We informed them that the event could not take place," Alexei Mayorov explained to Interfax. While the Associated Press reported that there were "concerns [the march] would provoke clashes between gays and their opponents", Mayorov told Interfax that the city's decision rested on their wish to "respect morality in the education of the younger generation".


Courtney Act Cavorts with the 'Mean Gays': MUSIC VIDEO

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Courtney Act released a new video today for her pop track "Mean Gays" which also features fellow Drag Race Top 3 contestants Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano.

Says Act of fitting in with the LGBT community:

"I had a difficult time balancing my work and play lives. On the one hand, I loved drag and performing as Courtney. On the other hand, I felt an immense pressure to go to the gym and get the right body so I could fit in with the West Hollywood boys. It’s fun to be a part of a clique but when the group starts to influence how you feel about yourself, or how you act towards other people, it is time to reevaluate the situation. It’s important to be in touch with what feels right for you, surround yourself with people who  \respect the way you choose to live and always be an individual.”

Watch her play it all out in "Mean Gays", AFTER THE JUMP...

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Eurovision 2014 Host Pilou Asbaek Was Banned From Wearing Rainbow Colors Because It Was ‘Too Political’

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One of the hosts from Eurovision 2014, actor and director Pilou Asbaek, has revealed that Eurovision organizers banned him from wearing rainbow colors during the broadcast because it would be “too political.” The Independent reports that Asbaek wanted to wear the rainbow colors in protest of anti-gay laws in Europe:

"I asked them if I can wear rainbows. No. We're not allowed to be political. It's about music, not politics.”

He went onto say: “But music and politics, you cannot divide them. Not in my mind.” 

Though Asbaek was not allowed to visually demonstrate his support for LGBT rights at this year’s Eurovision, there was ample evidence of support for LGBT equality among the crowd at the competition in Copenhagen:

Members of the audience in the B&W Halls in Copenhagen, Denmark were seen waving rainbow flags during the evening. Meanwhile the Icelandic entry Pollapoenk sang a song called 'No Prejudice', which called for equality for all.

This year’s Eurovision contest notably saw the victory of drag performer Conchita Wurst of Austria. Wurst has sadly been criticized for her gender identity, being called “it” by Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky and a “pervert” by Vitaly Milonov, the author of Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law. However, despite the criticism from prominent Russian figures, Wurst’s track, “Rise Like a Phoenix,” has risen to the top of the iTunes charts in Russia following her win. 

In case you missed it, you can watch Wurst's winning performance HERE


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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Austrian Drag Performer Conchita Wurst Moves into Eurovision Final: VIDEO

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Austrian drag performer has moved into the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The Independent reports:

Before the show, Ms Wurst hit back at critics, including Russian politician Vitaly Milonov (the author of the ban on gay 'propaganda'_, who called her a “pervert.”

“I can only say ‘Thank you for your attention!’” she told the Associated Press.

“If this is only about me and my person, I can live with it. I'm just a singer in a fabulous dress, with great hair and a beard," she added.

The nine other countries to qualify on Thursday at the show in Denmark’s capital city, Copenhagen, were: Switzerland, Slovenia, Poland, Romania, Norway, Greece, Malta, Belarus and Finland.

Check out a very amusing interview with Wurst during the competition, as the host jokes about her last name and says she would like to share a sausage together later, AFTER THE JUMP...

Click HERE to see Conchita's song "Rise Like a Phoenix".

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Anti-Gay Ex-Drag Queen Candidate Steve Wiles Got 27 Percent of Vote in Failed Primary Bid

Steve Wiles, the anti-gay GOP candidate for the state senate in North Carolina who is opposed to same-sex marriage and is a former drag queen who went by the name Mona Sinclair, received 27.49 percent of the vote in yesterday's primary election in his very conservative District 31, but failed to win.

WilesWrote Wiles on Facebook on Sunday:

I'm impressed by the way this story was used to present me to the conservative right as a gay advocate while at the same time presenting me as anti-gay to the gay community. THAT...is talent! I am a Christian...I try to live a life that reflects my beliefs...I rarely, if ever, hit that mark! Meanwhile, I've maintained life-long friendships with a few people from the "club" days. One person springs to mind, although I will not call names, who is a former Miss Gay America, NC USofA and has performed successfully all of his adult life - he is one of the most loving men I've EVER known...Loving and accepting of everyone around him. He would do ANYTHING for his friends....I respect that in a person. He knows (and always has known) of my conservative stand on issues like gay marriage; he accepts that although he doesn't agree with me.

To some, I'll be known as a hard worker or a loving son...to some, I'll be known as someone who has always stood up for what I thought was right at the time - even if it was wrong! To some, I'll be known as a person who will ALWAYS admit my short-comings and my faults. To some, I'll be thought of as anti-gay...and to a select few, I'll just be a "fag." Know that no matter which group YOU fall into - I have no hard feelings toward you and respect, not only your opinion, but your right to have that opinion.


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