Tag Archive | Austria

Austria: Court Allows Marriage Equality – Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Discriminatory

Austria: Court Allows Marriage Equality – Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Discriminatory

The Austrian Constitutional Court’s ruling on December 4, 2017, that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional is a powerful victory for equal marriage rights, Human Rights Watch has said. It is the first time a Constitutional Court in Europe has held that the exclusion of gay people from civil marriage is unconstitutional. The Austrian […]

Austria: LGBT Pedestrian Lights Removed By Right-Wing Councillor

Austria: LGBT Pedestrian Lights Removed By Right-Wing Councillor

Traffic lights in Linz in Austria, which were put up to promote inclusion, and were funded by private donations, have now been taken down by a right-wing councillor, Markus Hein, who is a member of the Freedom Party (FPÖ). His party had also lodged a criminal complaint against the councillor who had organised the lights.

Watch: Conchita Wurst – “Everything has changed for the better”

Eurovision winner (and cover star of EILE’s July issue!) Conchita Wurst has spoken about the positive events that have taken place since her now-iconic performance won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest for Austria. Conchita, whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, recently performed at the Pride festivals of Berlin, Dublin, London and Madrid among others, before […]

Sweden Takes The Crown at Mr Gay Europe Finals 2014

Sweden Takes The Crown at Mr Gay Europe Finals 2014

For the first time in nine years, the title of Mr Gay Europe has returned to a Scandinavian, as Jack Johansson from Sweden won this year’s Mr Gay Europe finals in Vienna last weekend. Jack, a 20-year-old student living in Gothenburg, had been a strong contestant throughout the competition, as well as a favourite

Conchita Wurst Wins Eurovision 2014 for Austria

Conchita Wurst Wins Eurovision 2014 for Austria

The wonderful and powerful Conchita Wurst won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest last night with Rise Like A Phoenix, representing Austria.  (See video below). “This night is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom,” said Conchita, who was clearly shocked and moved as she won last night’s Grand Finale with […]

Russia, Ukraine and Belarus Petition Eurovision to Ban Austrian Entry Conchita Wurst

Russia, Ukraine and Belarus Petition Eurovision to Ban Austrian Entry Conchita Wurst

Russia, Ukraine and Belarus have all petitioned Eurovision to remove – or at least edit out – Austrian entrant Conchita Wurst from this year’s competition, as the presence of a drag queen in the contest has been branded by the Russians as “inapplicable” to their way of life.  The drag artist, Conchita Wurst – real name Tom […]

Gig Review: Wallis Bird @ The Academy, Dublin

Gig Review: Wallis Bird @ The Academy, Dublin

The wonderfully talented Wallis Bird performed last night at The Academy on Dublin’s Middle Abbey Street to a packed house, and those who attended were delighted with the evening’s events. While promoting her new album, Architect, Wallis kicked off the Irish leg of her European tour with a fantastic mix of both new material and some […]