Bearded lady Conchita Wurst to sing at EU parliament

Agence France-Presse
The hour-long concert in front of the European Parliament building is part of a campaign to fight discrimination
DIVA. Singer Conchita Wurst representing Austria performs during rehearsals for the Second Semi-Final of the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark last May 7. Nikolai Linares/EPA

VIENNA, Austria – Transvestite Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst will perform in front of the European Parliament building in Brussels on October 8, the bearded Austrian sensation said Thursday, September 11.

European lawmaker Ulrike Lunacek, one of five MEPs from 5 different factions who invited Wurst to perform, said that the hour-long concert was part of a campaign to fight discrimination.

“The wonderful signal for openness and anti-discrimination that the people of Europe gave Conchita Wurst with their votes must be translated … into forging a society and legal framework allowing everyone to live and to love without fear,” Lunacek said.

Wurst won the Eurovision Song Contest – an often kitsch annual music extravaganza now more than 50 years old where people all over Europe and beyond vote for their favorite song – in Copenhagen in May.

In recent months she has performed at LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) events around Europe and in July closed Jean Paul Gaultier’s haute couture show in Paris wearing a black and red vampire-themed gown. –