Eurovision contestants show solidarity with LGBTQ+ fans: ‘representing queer’
Iceland’s Eurovision entry brought a trans pride flag to the stage. (Twitter)
Eurovision began with a powerful show of solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community, with contestants taking to the stage with Pride and Trans Flags.
Artists representing Australia and the Netherlands brought the Pride Flags to the Eurovision Stage in Turin, Italy, at the Grand Finals on Saturday night (14 May).
Meanwhile, the Icelandic entrant was seen carrying the Trans Pride flag – the trio was praised by Eurovision fans for putting queerness front and center at the event.
There was a display of LGBTQ+ solidarity and support from the contestants during the flag parade. When Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra came out with the colors of Ukraine, the audience applauded.
LGBTQ+ Eurovision fans praise queer contestants
Twitter immediately went into overdrive, with LGBTQ+ Eurovision fans heaping praise on Australia’s Sheldon Riley, Iceland’s Sistur and the Netherlands’ S10 for bringing LGBTQ+ representation into the mix.
— Marcus ️ WATCH MOB Psycho 100 (@SootMarkus) 14 May 2022
There was a trans flag!!#eurovision
— Joe ️🌈💙🍂 (@TheJoeHarper_) 14 May 2022
— AJ, Monica Liu admirers (@uisgebeatha) 14 May 2022
Iceland at Eurovision With a Trans Flag We’re in Love ️️️
— Federico Ripley (@federicoripley) 14 May 2022
I spy three LGBT pride flags and one trans pride flag. The queues are representing tonight. #eurovision
— Liam Beattie (@Liam_Beattie) 14 May 2022
The Netherlands with the proud flag and Iceland with the Transflag. I stan the right countries. #eurovision
— sharonjinks monsoon stancount (@scgd2203) 14 May 2022
Pride flags :’) #eurovision
— ijah (@pitbullston69) 14 May 2022
Iceland’s entrée Sistur is made up of three sisters Sigga, Beta and Elin. All three have been vocal in support of the trans community – especially for trans children.
“We are trying to support and tell people around the world, mostly parents, that you must love your child unconditionally,” the group was quoted as saying on the Eurovision website.
“No matter how they are, they must be loved; they must be protected. That’s what makes this world so much better. If kids have the space they need, they can make our world more More loving and more accepting.
“It is our role to get them the way they need it. We see you and we love you and there is hope. ,
Meanwhile, Australia representative Sheldon Riley is performing the song “Not the Same”, which touches on his experience growing up autistic and queer.
“I was told for a long time that I would not be able to perform myself as a normal working human being, to find work or to make friends or have a partner,” he said. sbs news,