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Eurovision Finals Saturday
May 14, 2009, 5:26 pm
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My birthday week–which started last Friday with the awesome Franz Ferdinand show–will be drawing to a close on Saturday, with my Eurovision birthday party. Seven of my ten favorites got through to the finals, with only Montenegro, too gay to function Hungary, and lovely Ireland not making it through. Surprisingly few stinkers made it through, too, although for the second year in a row Denmark have unleashed a hideous travesty that got through anyway, somehow.

The campy event is stirring up controversy this year. Host city Moscow also has a Gay Pride parade scheduled for that day, and the government plans to stop the parade. According to the UK’s Lesbian and Gay Foundation,

A spokesperson for the Mayor of Moscow Sergei Tsoi said: “Moscow has never had gay parades and it never will…Not only do they destroy morals within our society, but they consciously provoke disorder which threatens the lives of Muscovites and visitors.” Gay rights activists are calling on all of this year’s contestants to pledge their support to LGBT rights.

The contest was designed to bring Europe together, but it has a reputation for being politically divisive and reinforcing national stereotypes. On a more positive note the contest itself has been traditionally LGBT affirmative.

No word on which contestants have come out in support of LGBT rights, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the defeated Hungarian Adok Zoli might be on the side of the parade organizers.


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