Since her Eurovision win back in May, Conchita Wurst has often been dismissed as a mere gay icon (as if that were a bad thing). But of course she’s so much more. Last weekend, during a talk at The Observer Ideas Festival in London she proved that her “we are unstoppable” declaration wasn’t a worthless platitude.
Conchita was the star speaker (well in our eyes anyways) at the prestigious event, which also featured the likes of Edward Snowden, Tine Tempah and Kim Dotcom. The “That’s What I Am” songstress dedicated her speech to the UK’s place in Europe, a particularly relevant topic given the rise of UKIP and the recent Scottish referendum. She alludes to Europe’s role in maintaining peace, inventing democracy and promoting freedom, arguing that unity is the key. She’s not just a gay icon folks. She’s an icon for ALL!
To watch her eloquent speech, along with a reprise of “Rise Like A Phoenix”, click the still below.