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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.


Bearforce 1 Is Back And Looking For An 'Action Man' - VIDEO

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The bearband Bearforce 1 (whom some of you may remember us telling you about back in 2007 and 2008) has returned after the original group broke up five years ago. Band leader Robert Brown returns with a new line up of bears. As Joe.My.God points out, the newly reformed group is entering the 2015 Eurovision song contest as an entrant for Switzerland with their new song "Action Man." 

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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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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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