It’s a very trailblazing LGBT Sunday as footballer Michael Sam was recorded kissing his boyfriend Vito by ESPN cameras for the NFL draft news yesterday, and bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst wins the Eurovision Song Contest
The Associated Press reports that Conchita Wurst, whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, won the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday.
She reportedly returned to her native Austria on Sunday after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in what was described as a big win for tolerance by the country’s top leader.
Wurst was greeted at Vienna airport by hundreds of fans singing the winning ballad, “Rise like a Phoenix.”
“Yesterday was a victory not just for me, but also for those people who believe in future that functions without discrimination and which is based on tolerance and respect,” Wurst told reporters. “That was transnational and had nothing to with east and west.”
President Heinz Fischer congratulated Wurst, saying to the Austrian press that it was “not just a victory for Austria, but above all for diversity and tolerance in Europe.”
Wurst gave the reporters great advice, “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss — you will land among the stars. That is exactly how I’m living.”
“I always say that my biggest goal is a Grammy, and on the way there I will grab everything that is given,” Wurst added.