Tag Archives: Vienna

Vienna Tops Ranking Of World’s Most Liveable Cities

Reuters reports: The Austrian capital Vienna has topped Mercer’s index of most liveable cities for the 10th year in a row. Known by tourists for its imperial past, gilded palaces and classical music, the city of 1.9 million is also nicknamed “red Vienna” for having long been run by the political left, with cheap public services and abundant social housing. …

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LIVE VIDEO: Eurovision 2015 Finals
UPDATE: Sweden Wins, Russia Takes Second, Italy Finishes Third

Hold on my tender kittens because Gay Christmas is not over yet! The Eurovision 2015 finals in Vienna begin at 3PM US east coast time. The favorites are Sweden and Russia, but I’m still partial to the UK, Latvia, Slovenia, Cyprus, and Israel – in that order. (I think.) Jump into the comments, follow along, and give us your favorites …

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LIVE VIDEO: Eurovision Semi-Finals 2

The finals are Saturday. Competing right now in the second semi-finals round are 17 nations:  Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Iceland, Israel, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland. (Tipped by JMG reader Luis) UPDATE: Finalists chosen in this round: Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Norway, Montenegro, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Latvia, Israel.

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VIENNA: City Readies For Gay Christmas

The Eurovision Song Contest is often referred to as “Gay Christmas” and Vienna is getting ready to host the finals in two weeks. Via Reuters: Gay-themed traffic lights are getting Vienna into the mood for the annual Eurovision Song Contest, one of the world’s most popular kitsch cultural events which this year is being hosted by the Austrian capital. Dozens …

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Eurovision 2015: All 40 Entries

All 40 entries in Eurovision 2015 have finally been named and snippets of all the songs are in the clip below in alphabetic order. Only seven of this year’s entries are not in English. I might change my mind during the semi-finals, but thus far my favorites are Belgium, Denmark, Georgia, Greece, Israel, and the United Kingdom, the last of …

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AUSTRIA: Conchita Wurst Meets UN Head Ban Ki-Moon During Talks On LGBT Rights

Via the Associated Press: U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has joined Austrian cross-dressing pop star Conchita Wurst in calling for an end to bias based on a person’s sexual orientation. Wurst teamed up with Ban on Monday on the sidelines of a U.N. conference to deliver their message of tolerance. Ban told reporters that he will continue his fight “against …

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Seen In Vienna

Posted to the Facebook page of pop singer Joss Stone, who is touring Europe.

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AUSTRIA: Lesbian Politician Attacked With Acid At Vienna’s Pride Parade

Via The Local: Austria’s first openly gay politician, leader of the Austrian Greens’ delegation to the EU parliament Ulrike Lunacek was the apparent victim of an attack at Friday’s annual Rainbow Parade in Vienna. An unknown assailant sprayed butyric acid at the politician as she was giving an interview on the sidelines of the parade. Lunacek and the interview team …

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Barbara Eden Headlines AIDS Fundraiser

An apparently ageless Barbara Eden took the stage in her Jeannie costume yesterday at Vienna’s Life Ball, which is the biggest AIDS fundraiser in Europe. She is 78, folks.  Also appearing at the event was Bill Clinton. (Via Boy Culture)

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Well-Hung Art

At a Vienna gallery showing a special exhibition of male nudes, art fans were invited to attend in the nude themselves. These museum goers didn’t just leave their outerwear at the coat check. They handed over their shirts, trousers, underwear – everything, except their shoes and socks. The occasion at Vienna’s Leopold Museum was a special after-hour showing of “Nude …

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