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'Not since Dana International’s triumph in 1998 has Eurovision displayed so vividly its importance to the LGBT community'

Orla Tinsley

Published 12/05/2014 | 12:33

It’s that time of year where rebirth, discovery and being true to who you are allow some of Europe’s best, and some of it’s most bonkers, to take to the stage.
It’s that time of year where rebirth, discovery and being true to who you are allow some of Europe’s best, and some of it’s most bonkers, to take to the stage.

Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision win on Saturday night was a triumph for tolerance and acceptance across Europe.

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Despite the predictably disapproving comments from some Eastern European countries the Rise Like A Phoenix singer brought the Eurovision message of tolerance home with a glittering bang.

By accounts of all things sparkling and sequined the 25-year-old drag queen, the onstage creation of Thomas Neuwirth, was a polarizing figure from before the competition even began. Attempts by the Ukraine, Belarus and Russia to have Wurst and Austria banned or edited were unsuccessful and fuelled the support that helped Conchita rise to victory.`

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