UN Secretary General Praises Eurovision Winner, Drag Superstar Conchita Wurst

Screen cap via YouTube

Screen cap via YouTube

It seems like the unlikeliest of pairs: the drag queen, beard-sporting star that won Eurovision and buttoned-up UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Ban played host to Conchita Wurst today in an effort to fight discrimination and to fight for acceptance for minority groups—especially those in the LGBT community.

According to Reuters: “Wurst, whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, won the 2014 song contest for Austria in May. Ban said she had turned the event, often derided for its kitsch performances, into a ‘moment of human rights education” fighting for diversity and tolerance.'”

Ban, an outspoken ally for the LGBT community said: “This year I extended benefits to same-sex partners of U.N. staff members… Discrimination has no place in the United Nations.” He also is a fan of Wurst: “When I heard that she won this Eurovision song contest I immediately knew that she was a star of the world.” Wurst returned home to a heroine’s welcome after her song contest victory before a TV audience of about 180 million in 45 countries.

Check out Wurst’s performance after the jump…

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