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Queer wars: the best place to start promoting gay rights is at home

Australia detains asylum seekers in a country that criminalises homosexuality. AAP/Dan HimbrechtsWhen Austrian singer Conchita Wurst headlined the Mardi Gras afterparty on Saturday night it seemed as though all of Sydney was celebrating. Yet Wurst’s message of “respect and tolerance” continues to be controversial.

Wurst won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Her victory became a cultural flashpoint. While Russians booed her performance, crowds in Copenhagen jeered the Russian contestants. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin tweeted that Eurovision:

… showed supporters of European integration their European future: a bearded girl.

Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia …read more

Source: The Conversation

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