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Russia Bans Parade for Our Favorite Eurovision Winner, Bearded Drag Queen Conchita Wurst

Austrian singer Conchita Wurst arrives with the trophy at the airport in Vienna Sunday May 11, 2014. Bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst has made a triumphant return to Austria after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen Saturday, in what the country's president called a victory for tolerance in Europe. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Austrian singer Conchita Wurst with her 2014 Eurovision trophy.RONALD ZAK/AP

A parade for this year’s Eurovision song contest winner, Conchita Wurst of Austria, has been banned by Russian officials, who cited “a risk of violence” and “a need to respect morality,” according to The Guardian.

Wurst, born as Tom Neuwirth, uses the stage name Conchita Wurst, and has become an icon for Europe’s LGBTQ community.

The 26-year-old won Eurovision, a song contest between different countries belonging to the European Broadcasting Union, by singing “Rise Like a Phoenix” last week, and all while donning a sparkly drag costume and a black beard.

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The singer’s Russian fan base wanted to hold a parade called “The Conchita Wurst March of Bearded Women and Men” to honor Wurst’s achievements on May 27 because it marks the 21st anniversary of homosexuality’s legalization in Russia. Moscow’s security department denied the application on Thursday, May 15.

This is hardly surprising since, according to BBC , Moscow enacted a 100-year-ban on gay pride parades in 2012.

Though homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in the 1990s, last year, the country passed a law banning the dissemination of “gay propaganda.”

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