We’re still recovering from our nausea after listening to a Belarusian conservative hate on Conchita Wurst. If you have not yet watched the video of him saying that Miss Wurst makes him “ill”, then click here.

Assuming you have not thrown up, it is time to hear Conchita’s response. Proving that it is possible to take the high road, she delivers a message of tolerance Miss Universe style. The only difference is that this beauty queen, who happens to have a beard, is sincere. And boy has she been around the block.

As a child Conchita, who grew up as Tom Neuwrith, faced plenty of prejudice for failing to conform to gender stereotypes. “My stance is that I fight for something positive rather than against something negative,” she told Radio Free Europe. “I was always an outsider and I was confronted with discrimination. I don’t want this to happen to the next generation.”

The uproar in Belarus and the Anti-Wurst Campaign in Austria did not surprise her. “I think there are intolerant people everywhere. One cannot reduce it to Belarus and Russia. I think there were enoguh people against [my selection] here in Austria, as we have seen. In the end it’s just something I expected.”

It appears that Conchita will use Eurovision as a platform to speak out against Vladimir Putin’s anti-LGBT laws. “It’s a human-rights violation that should not be taking place in the 21st century,” she says in the interview below. “Considering our world’s history, we should not be picking on such things. There are really bigger problems.”

To read more of our coverage of Conchita Wurst click here.

Willy Lee Adams contributed this report from London. Follow him on Twitter @willyleeadams. You can also keep up with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following wiwibloggs.com on Twitter and Facebook.

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Wolf
Wolf
6 years ago

How a dragact with a beard is supposed to represent the LGBT community is beyond me. Hate to say it but really, I think it brings more harm to the image than that it helps it. Clearly he is not identifying himself as a woman. And this has nothing to do with loving the same gender. I guess of course anyone should be able to look and dress the way they want to look and feel good with, but don´t act like it is the most normal thing ever to see a well, drag with a beard on the streets.

Chris
6 years ago

Thank you for presenting the two articles for Conchita and that Belarussian man.

Paul
Paul
6 years ago

I don’t have anything against Conchita but to me it seems like the beard looks like an attention-grabbing thing to separate her from, for example, Dana International. (without it I think there wouldn’t have been this much of complaints from some of the countries). I’m personally still OK with it though.

Karl
Karl
6 years ago

I’m in FULL support of Conchita! Anyone who “hates” her or is disgusted by her is uneducated, and doesn’t understand what she’s doing!

PACO
6 years ago

Señor o señora bla…o es usted un ente de otra galaxia?,ya que lo unico que le define son sus palabras y pensamientos totalitarios y extremistas,hacia una artista y ser humano que ha sido seleccionado por una empresa tv Austriaca, para que le represente en esc 2014.Como se atreve hablar de esa manera es mas me voy a poner a su altura,y voy a dar mi valoracion de la actuacion de biolorrusia en esc 2013,una señorita con un vestido con muy poca tela,cantando muy mal,pesima puesta en escena y encima un ritmo latino,queda en la tabla final de resultados en puesto… Read more »

hetalialover
hetalialover
6 years ago

Conchita,i will support you!!!!!

Tiggeh
Tiggeh
6 years ago

Good Luck to Conchita and to all the haters….you know where to go!

Nadya
Nadya
6 years ago

Bla: Conchita came second in Austria in 2012. Does that make all of Austria sick? Grow up. The world is changing. You will be left behind.

bla
bla
6 years ago

OMG it is man, it is not miss!!! You are really sick website, if you support this ill person.