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Conchita Wurst: Rise Like A Phoenix – VIDEO

Conchita Wurst Rise Like A Phoenix

Drag performer Conchita Wurst (aka Thomas Neuwirth) has revealed the music video, "Rise Like A Phoenix," which will be Austria's Eurovision entry for 2014.

A fashion student graduate who lives in Vienna, Neuwirth first appeared as Conchita in the Austrian show Starmania.

It's a sweeping power ballad, and you can watch it AFTER THE JUMP...

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Copenhagen To Host Gay And Straight Weddings During Eurovision This May

During last year's Eurovision Song Contest, Krista Siegfrieds of Finland performed "Marry Me," and placed a big 'ole kiss on one of her female back-up singers to boot (right). Looking to up the romantic ante, Eurovision's 2014 host city, Copenhagen, will offer three locations for all couples, same-sex included, to be married around the city. 

EurovisionkissEurovision reports:

“Since 2010, we have had a lot of success marrying same- and opposite-sex pairs in the open air at selected locations in Copenhagen. As a city, we put a lot of effort into making everyone welcome and the Eurovision Song Contest is an excellent opportunity to offer weddings," explains the director of Copenhagen’s Citizen Service, Thomas Jakobsen, who is responsible for marriage ceremonies in the City.

“In 1989, Copenhagen City Hall performed the world’s first ever civil partnership. Now, 25 years later, the City of Copenhagen will once again play host to diversity with wedding arrangements in the city," says Søren Lauersen, Chairperson of LGBT Denmark.

"I am sure that many couples, gay and straight from both home and abroad will accept this offer”, he went on to say.

The marriage ceremonies will take place May 7th, 9th, and 10th, and you can find more information about them at Copenhagen's tourism website.

Eurovision Star Ryan Dolan Comes Out: VIDEO


Ryan Dolan, perhaps best known as Ireland’s contestant in Eurovision’s Song Contest last year (which saw the entrance of a pro-equality song titled ‘Marry Me’), came out of the closet in an interview with Ireland’s Radio One. As The Independent reports, the singer told radio personality Derek Mooney,  “In school I was confused about who I was, and it was really hard for me growing up because of that. It was hard to deal with because I knew that I was gay, but I couldn't get the courage to talk to someone about it.”

Dolan also admits that he contemplated suicide while struggling to come out: “I never attempted suicide, but it was a thought in my mind.” 

Perhaps Dolan's biggest fear at the time was what would happen after he came out to his father. When he finally shared his news with his father, Dolan was surprised by the supportive response he received:

“My father was the last person to find out because I was afraid of what he would think. I think he actually took it the better than anyone I told. I couldn’t ask for better parents, they’ve been great to me my whole life.

“My whole life I built it up in my head. The more I thought about it the harder it got. Telling my father was the main thing because me and my father would be very close.”

The singer, 28, also reflected on how quickly attitudes have changed towards homosexuality and how he wishes he had come out sooner:

“It’s not a big deal anymore. Things have changed compared to even when I was in school. Young people are coming out now at 15 or 16 which would never have happened when I was at school.”

“Thinking back now I wish I would have came out about it a long time ago. I think my youth was wasted worrying all the time about it. If I had been more open back then I would have been happier.”

Dolan's new single, ‘Start Again’ is set to be released on March 7. The music video for the song will focus on, “two young boys in school, who know they’re gay,” according to Dolan.

Watch a video of Dolan, clad in leather and accompanied by a bevy of beefcake, performing at the Eurovision Song Contest with his song, ‘Only Love Survives,’ AFTER THE JUMP…


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Eurovision Song Contest Organizer Demands Answers from Russian TV Over Anti-Gay Laws: VIDEO


The organizer for the Eurovision Song Contest has sent a letter to the two state-run television stations in Russia raising concerns about the country's anti-gay laws if the contest were to be held there, according to the Hollywood Reporter:

"We decided to make that step because several bigger countries have expressed concerns about safety," Thomas Shreiber, head of entertainment programs at the German TV station NDR and a member of the committee, was quoted as saying by Stern.

The letter calls on the two Russian stations to answer several questions regarding creative freedom and safety of Eurovision participants and fans in case Russia were to host a contest.

Under Eurovision regulations, if a Russian participant wins the next song contest, which is to be held in May 2014 in Copenhagen, the following year, Russia would host the contest. Some European counties are worried that the Russian law "against propaganda of homosexuality among minors," which came into effect earlier this year, could lead to safety problems for gay participants and spectators, should a contest be held in Russia.

And there's plenty of so-called "gay propaganda" in Eurovision's contest, as evidenced by Finland's 2013 entry "Marry Me" last year.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Farid Mammadov Photo Caption Contest: VIDEO

Farid Mammadov

The folks over at Wiwibloggs decided to have some fun with Eurovision's muscle-bound Azerbaijani singer and are holding a caption contest for the above photo of Farid and his dancer in the green room. The submissions are pretty slim so far, so head on over and test your creativity after watching the video of his performance AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Marriage Anthem 'Marry Me' Advances to Finals of Eurovision Song Contest: VIDEO


Finland's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, "Marry Me" by Krista Siegfrids, has become a gay marriage anthem and advanced to the finals last night with a performance that featured a big wet woman-on-woman kiss.

Check it out as well as a Euronews report on the finalists, AFTER THE JUMP...

Radio Free Europe reports:

Greece's "Alcohol Is Free" by Koza Mostra also made it through, filled with metaphors about the plight of the crisis-stricken country.

The 26 countries competing in the final are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, Ukraine, and Britain.


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