We are just one day away of Eurovision 2018 to begin, and in Moovz we are following up the competition very close. Eurovision is an event with a relevance for the LGBT commmunity, and that is why we wanted to do a recap on the best and most legendaries LGBT moments of this important music event.
5. Israel’s Dana International debut
Dana International became the first transgender woman to perform at and to win an Eurovision contest. Her appearance broke a lot of stereotypes at the moment since she made helped out with the visibility of the trans community in an era where the topic was a major taboo in Europe. Moreover, her song “Diva” speaks about legendary and powerful women in world’s history making it a strong message of gender equality and empowerment for all women. After winning the contest, Dana stated that she also wanted to send out a message of freedom to battle those who have critized her for having chosen to be a woman.
4. The first Lesbian Kiss on stage in Eurovison.
Finnish singer Krista Siegfrid’s “Marry me” performance said it all, her kiss with another woman in the end of her act just sent a message out about marriage equality for the LGBT community. Her song spoke about marriage without using any gender pronouns and referred to the fact that love is just love, no matter the gender you choose to marry. Time after this performance became viral in Europe, Finland, Krista’s home country legalized gay marriage.
3. An apology to the LGBT Community.
Jacques Houdek is a Croatian singer who made some condemed statements about the LGBT community. He declared that “gays and lesbians could not have the same rights as other citizens because that would mean a total backlash”.
Despite Jacques was named as the “homophobe of the decade”, the famous coach of The Voice Croatia was selected to participate in Eurovision 2017. During his presentation he sang “My Friend”, performance in which he featured a stage full of sunflowers and a rainbow, a show which was taken by many in the gay community as a public apology for his comments.
2. Marija Šerifović’s open heart message.
Marija’s song “ Molitva” became an lesbian anthem even though it was sung in Serbian. Her performance at Eurovision 2007 where she sang along and holding hands with other vocal women wearing a tuxedo, a masculine dress symbol, represented a message of empowerment for women, as well as strength and support for those who been critized by society for having chosen a lesbian love, seemed by some as a forbidden one.
1. Conchita Wurst and the diversity.
Conchita’s Wurst Eurovision triumph back in 2014 became one of the most controversial and viral events in social media due to the strength and the nature of the Austrian character. Suddenly Conchita was compared to Dana International and labeled as a trans woman on stage, but in fact Conchita referred at herself as a Drag artist, making the LGBT diversity representation much wider. Besides that, Conchita’s appearance on stage pushed on to embrace LGBT visibility by using rainbow flags among their supporters, something that at the moment Russia banned for their supporters in the contest that same year.