The world’s most famous bearded lady, Conchita Wurst, will finally be part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival with a concert at the Sydney Opera House. David Alexander caught up with her to talk about her recent involvement in Adelaide’s Feast Festival, the high calibre of Australian drag queens, and Australia’s return to Eurovision in 2016.
With police recently marching in both Brisbane and Tasmania’s pride marches, this year has marked a shift towards more open support by the police of Australia’s LGBTI community.
One of the signature events of the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival will not be coming back for 2016.
Conchita Wurst is heading back to down under to headline Adelaide’s Feast Festival. David Alexander caught up with the world’s most famous bearded drag queen to talk about life after handing over her Eurovision crown, her advocacy for Syrian refugees, and her love of Australia.
The loss is almost twice the financial loss recorded in 2014, at $177,152, and the organisation heads into the 2016 season with a $321,732 bank balance.
For the past two weeks, Cairns was home to the biggest 11-day show of LGBTI pride in far north Queensland’s history as Tropical Mardi Gras came to town.
The symbolic gesture will see Hobart join several other councils around Australia who have flown their flags during LGBTI pride festivals or IDAHOT day.
Earlier this year, former Victorian Aussie Rules footballer Lachlan Beaton’s emotional YouTube please for equality went viral. In the Star Observer’s regular look at notable coming out stories, Beaton tells Benedict Brook the untold story of the fellow player who gave him the courage to finally be himself.