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May 11, 2014

A new LGBTI star is born at Eurovision

For much of the Eurovision song contest, LGBTI fans hoped, rather than believed, Conchita Wurst could win the competition for Austria.

The bearded drag artiste clearly gave one of the performances of the night with stunning vocals of her James Bond-esque song ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’.

However, in amongst the sea of rainbow flags that were being waved in the arena, there were doubts that victory would materialize when it came to the votes, especially from Eastern European countries who previously tried to get her banned.

May 7, 2014

Gay Star News was on hand to witness rainbow flag moments on Danish TV, find Eurovision's Tallest Hair and capture other Eurovision highlights

With a theme of #JoinUs, the 59th Eurovision Song Contest has been welcoming contestants and fans from all over Europe for the televised competitions this week in Copenhagen.

On Tuesday night, Europe voted for ten countries to make it to the Eurovision grand final. Those through to the final are: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Russia, San Marino, Sweden, Ukraine, and Gay Star News favorite Iceland

January 23, 2014

Leading LGBT rights advocate in Baku says in his suicide note: ‘This world is not colorful enough for my colors. Farewell.’

A 20-year-old gay man killed himself in Azerbaijan yesterday (22 January).

Isa Shakhmarli was the chairman of Azerbaijan’s Free LGBT group, a Baku-based campaigning charity aiming to improve the lives of the community in the capital.

He was discovered dead after reportedly hanging himself using the rainbow-colored flag.

On his Facebook page, Shakhmarli wrote: ‘I am leaving you. God bless you. This country and this world are not for me.

‘I am going to be happy now. Tell my mother I loved her very much. I blame you all for my death.

September 13, 2013

LGBT Azerbaijanis have held their first gay pride march in the majority Muslim former Soviet state with no attempts to suppress the event reported

A group of gay friends marched through the Azerbaijan capital Baku last Saturday with a rainbow flag in what is believed to be the country’s first ever LGBT pride celebration.

No arrests were made and there were no reports of violence or harassment.

Azerbaijani language news site Gay.Az reports that the event was organized by Ruslan Baluxin and a group of friends and followed a ‘mini rally.’

September 13, 2013

LGBT Azerbaijanis have held their first gay pride march in the majority Muslim former Soviet state with no attempts to suppress the event reported

A group of gay friends marched through the Azerbaijan capital Baku last Saturday with a rainbow flag in what is believed to be the country’s first ever LGBT pride celebration.

No arrests were made and there were no reports of violence or harassment.

Azerbaijani language news site Gay.Az reports that the event was organized by Ruslan Baluxin and a group of friends and followed a ‘mini rally.’

February 19, 2013

Swedish Euphoria HQ singer and Eurovision winner and will join Sydney Mardi Gras parade after-party on 2 March

Eurovision 2012 winner Loreen has joined the Sydney Mardi Gras parade after-party as a last minute addition.

Loreen will join Crystal Pepsi (Jake Shears from the Scissor Sisters), Heather Small (ex-M-People) and Delta Goodrem at the party, Mardisgrasland, on Saturday 2 March.

June 1, 2012

Azerbaijan rejects Iran's allegation that an imaginary gay parade was cancelled as lies

Azerbaijan has accused Iran of lying over Iranian claims the Azeri government was forced to cancel a gay parade during the Eurovision Song Contest last weekend.

As Azerbaijan hosted the camp Eurovision, Iran used false rumors of a 'gay parade' to be held in the Azerbaijan capital of Baku, in at attempt to discredit the secular Azeri regime as 'un-Islamic'.

But yesterday (31 May) Ali Hasanov, adviser to President of Azerbaijan, condemned Iran's intervention as 'lies'.

June 1, 2012

Azerbaijan rejects Iran's allegation that an imaginary gay parade was cancelled as lies

Azerbaijan has accused Iran of lying over Iranian claims the Azeri government was forced to cancel a gay parade during the Eurovision Song Contest last weekend.

As Azerbaijan hosted the camp Eurovision, Iran used false rumors of a 'gay parade' to be held in the Azerbaijan capital of Baku, in at attempt to discredit the secular Azeri regime as 'un-Islamic'.

But yesterday (31 May) Ali Hasanov, adviser to President of Azerbaijan, condemned Iran's intervention as 'lies'.

May 27, 2012

Sweden's Loreen met with human rights activists before winning the international pop contest

Eurovision winner Loreen, who stormed to victory last night (26 May) at the Eurovision Song Contest, has spoken publicly about Azerbaijan’s gay rights record.

The Swedish pop star met with human rights activists this week in the capital to encourage their fight for equality.

‘Human rights are violated in Azerbaijan every day. One should not be silent about such things,’ Azeri opposition newspaper Azadliq quoted Loreen as saying after her meeting.

May 27, 2012

Sweden's Loreen met with human rights activists before winning the international pop contest

Eurovision winner Loreen, who stormed to victory last night (26 May) at the Eurovision Song Contest, has spoken publicly about Azerbaijan’s gay rights record.

The Swedish pop star met with human rights activists this week in the capital to encourage their fight for equality.

‘Human rights are violated in Azerbaijan every day. One should not be silent about such things,’ Azeri opposition newspaper Azadliq quoted Loreen as saying after her meeting.

May 26, 2012

As Baku welcomes the camp Eurovison Song Contest, we examine the challenge that gay, bi and trans Azeris face in an oppressive Azerbaijan

'Welcome to the Eurovision Song Contest, from Baku in Europe!' greeted star-eyed host Eldar 'Ell' Gasimov, the 2011 contest in a duo with Nigar Jamal.

The flamboyant contest is being held in a fantastic newly erected Crystal Hall, a shimmering glass and steel building on the shores of the Caspian Sea. The atmosphere and festive mood of kitch glitz and glamour, with outlandish hair-does and exquisite dress codes more than match the glittery exterior of the venue.

May 26, 2012

As Baku welcomes the camp Eurovison Song Contest, we examine the challenge that gay, bi and trans Azeris face in an oppressive Azerbaijan

'Welcome to the Eurovision Song Contest, from Baku in Europe!' greeted star-eyed host Eldar 'Ell' Gasimov, the 2011 contest in a duo with Nigar Jamal.

The flamboyant contest is being held in a fantastic newly erected Crystal Hall, a shimmering glass and steel building on the shores of the Caspian Sea. The atmosphere and festive mood of kitch glitz and glamour, with outlandish hair-does and exquisite dress codes more than match the glittery exterior of the venue.

May 26, 2012

Eurovision 2012 celebrates three hour show filled with usual camp and controversy

Eurovision 2012 has come to a spectacular end with a three hour show filled with the usual camp and controversy.

The competition tonight (26 May) in Baku, Azerbaijan, saw Sweden win with 372 points going to 28-year-old Loreen for her club hit, Euphoria.

May 25, 2012

GSN outlines the history, our favorite traditions, and this year's betting odds of the international pop contest

It is nearly time for the glorious camp fest that is the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.

If you don’t know your Abba from your Azerbaijan, then Gay Star News is here to help ahead of the final, televised around Europe, tonight (26 May).

We’re here to tell you what every gay (and occasional straight viewer) needs to know about Eurovision.

May 25, 2012

Barefoot Wine creates cocktail honoring Eurovision final on 26 May

To celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, we are giving away a case of mixed wine courtesy of Barefoot Wine.

All you have to do is send us the country you think will win Eurovision via our Twitter @gaystarnews, and if you are right you may be the lucky winner we will pick out of a hat on Monday (28 May).

Barefoot Wine has created a special ‘Light Your Fire’ cocktail in honor of the competition hosted in Baku, Azerbaijan on Saturday (26 May).

May 24, 2012

Tehran's ambassador recalled from Azerbaijan as tensions escalate over rumors of a gay parade at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku

Iran has recalled its ambassador from Azerbaijan over rumors of a gay pride event during the Eurovision Song Contest.

The envoy for consultations in Tehran was withdrawn from Azerbaijan's capital Baku after the two neighboring countries accused each other of meddling in each other's affairs.

May 24, 2012

Tehran's ambassador recalled from Azerbaijan as tensions escalate over rumors of a gay parade at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku

Iran has recalled its ambassador from Azerbaijan over rumors of a gay pride event during the Eurovision Song Contest.

The envoy for consultations in Tehran was withdrawn from Azerbaijan's capital Baku after the two neighboring countries accused each other of meddling in each other's affairs.

May 22, 2012

We have just watched the Eurovision first semi-final in Baku, Azerbaijan where 18 acts took to the stage

The first Eurovision semi-final in Baku, Azerbaijan has seen 18 acts take to the stage but only 10 of them are through to Saturday's grand final.

For the other eight countries, their Eurovision dream is already over.

Gay Star News was in the live audience and we can report the show was full of the usual Eurovision camp and costumes. It's easy to see why the pan-European song contest attracts LGBT fans around the world.

Here are our top four acts of the night:

May 17, 2012

Azerbaijani group say 'no place in Azerbaijan for immoral gays'

Prominent Eurovison website, esctoday.com and other fan sites have been hacked today in an apparent anti-gay cyber attack.

The group behind the attack claim that Eurovision, the prominent European song contest which is coming to Azerbaijan over the next week, backs gay pride.

May 17, 2012

Azerbaijani group say 'no place in Azerbaijan for immoral gays'

Prominent Eurovison website, esctoday.com and other fan sites have been hacked today in an apparent anti-gay cyber attack.

The group behind the attack claim that Eurovision, the prominent European song contest which is coming to Azerbaijan over the next week, backs gay pride.

May 14, 2012

Homophobic Muslims take to streets of two cities in Iran, furious at rumors of a gay pride event during the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan

Angry homophobes took to the streets of two Iranian cities on Friday (11 May) to protest rumors of a gay pride event during next week's Eurovision Song Contest in neighboring Azerbaijan.

The kitsch European pop tournament will begin in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan in the Caucasus, on 22 May, with the grand final held on 26 May.

In January, gay scene website nighttours.com suggested that a gay pride could take place in the city during the lead-up to Eurovision, but removed the article a few days later.

May 14, 2012

Homophobic Muslims take to streets of two cities in Iran, furious at rumors of a gay pride event during the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan

Angry homophobes took to the streets of two Iranian cities on Friday (11 May) to protest rumors of a gay pride event during next week's Eurovision Song Contest in neighboring Azerbaijan.

The kitsch European pop tournament will begin in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan in the Caucasus, on 22 May, with the grand final held on 26 May.

In January, gay scene website nighttours.com suggested that a gay pride could take place in the city during the lead-up to Eurovision, but removed the article a few days later.

May 4, 2012

Rumors of a gay pride during this year Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan have been met with angry rhetoric from southern neighbor Iran

Iran has criticised its neighboring country of Azerbaijan, appearing to believe rumors that a gay pride will be part of the Eurovision Song Contest there this month.

The kitsch European pop tournament will be held in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan in the Caucasus on 22 May.

In January, nighttours.com, a website for listing and news about the international gay scene suggested that gay pride could take place in Baku during the lead-up to Eurovision content, but removed the article a few days later.

May 4, 2012

Rumors of a gay pride during this year Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan have been met with angry rhetoric from southern neighbor Iran

Iran has criticised its neighboring country of Azerbaijan, appearing to believe rumors that a gay pride will be part of the Eurovision Song Contest there this month.

The kitsch European pop tournament will be held in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan in the Caucasus on 22 May.

In January, nighttours.com, a website for listing and news about the international gay scene suggested that gay pride could take place in Baku during the lead-up to Eurovision content, but removed the article a few days later.