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Austria rejects refugees because they didn’t act gay enough

Austria rejects refugees because they didn’t act gay enough

Austrian authorities have rejected claims for refugee status from gay asylum seekers because they didn’t know enough about gay culture or failed to look gay enough to convince immigration officers. One Iranian man, Navid,  was rejected because he didn’t know what the individual colours of the Pride flag stood for. The Federal Office for Aliens […]

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Same sex marriage will be legal in Austria

Same sex marriage will be legal in Austria

Austria will have same sex marriage from the beginning of 2019 following a court ruling in the European country. Gay Austrian couples have been able to enter into civil unions but marriage has held a definition of being between a man and a woman. The country’s courts have now ruled that definition can not remain […]

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Munich introduce same-sex crosswalk couples

Munich introduce same-sex crosswalk couples

In anticipation of a week of LGBT Pride celebrations, the city of Munich are stopping traffic with specialised road signals that features a symbolic representation of same-sex couples. Munich’s Pride celebrations begin on July 11, in conjunction with Christopher Street Day – a day of remembrance for the events at Stonewall in 1969. Much as […]

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Austrian National Assembly vote against marriage equality

Austrian National Assembly vote against marriage equality

Just 2 days before the launch of Vienna Pride, the National Assembly of Austria voted against a proposed resolution to grant homosexual couples “the human right of equal marriage”. Just 26 representatives voted for the legislation, with the remaining 110 members of government voting against. The Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) spoke openly at […]

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Eurovision Sheds Six Countries in First Round

Eurovision Sheds Six Countries in First Round

The Eurovision Song contest is underway in Vienna, Austria. Last night the first semi-final saw 16 acts take to the stage but only ten of them will get to go through to the grand final. Failing to make the grade was The Netherlands, a surprise knockout given that they came second overall in last year’s […]

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Austria Lifts Ban on Adoption for Same Sex Couples

Austria Lifts Ban on Adoption for Same Sex Couples

In Austria, the Constitutional Court has struck down a ban on same sex adoption. Prior to the ruling, those in same sex relationships were only able to adopt the biological children of their partner. Now, couples will be able to jointly adopt non-biological children. Chief Judge Gerhart Holzinger stated that the restriction went against the […]

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Conchita Wurst Releases New Video

Conchita Wurst Releases New Video

Everyone’s favourite bearded drag songstress Conchita Wurst has returned with a new video. ‘Heroes’ is Wurst’s first single since winning the 2014 Eurovision song contest in May In artistic black and white, Wurst channels the Madonna (religious Madonna, not singer Madonna) cradling a small blonde boy and wearing a halo-like headpiece. There’s a lot of […]

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Petition Calls for Removal of Eurovision Drag Artist

Petition Calls for Removal of Eurovision Drag Artist

Austria’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, bearded drag artist Conchita Wurst has attracted controversy. People in Russia, Belarus and Armenia and started petitions calling for the singer to be removed from the competition or edited out of the Eurovision broadcasts in their countries. Aram MP3, Armenian Eurovision contender, reportedly said that Wurst’s lifestyle was […]

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Meet Conchita Wurst: Drag Artist and Austria’s Eurovision Entry

Meet Conchita Wurst: Drag Artist and Austria’s Eurovision Entry

Austria’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen has been getting plenty of press attention. At a press conference on the 18th of March, the Austrian broadcaster revealed the country’s chosen song: a power ballad sung by a bearded drag queen. The singer in question first rose to fame under the name Tom […]

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