I was absolutely thrilled last month when gorgeous and talented Conchita Wurst, a drag queen from Austria, won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with the spectacular song "Rise Like a Phoenix."
This song is worthy of a great diva like Mariah Carey or Celine Dion but there's no need for either -- Conchita delivers the goods! Love the lyrics, love her performance, what a voice!
Sometimes the media mistakenly characterize Conchita as transgendered. However, she simply calls herself a gay man who does drag. But what about that facial hair? Doesn't it "ruin" the drag illusion? Not at all. If she were just engaged in traditional "gender-bending," she would not be bearded, it is true. But her style is what's called "gender-fucking" so the beard stays! Her beard is a statement that all rigid gender-based appearance rules are irrelevant and oppressive.
And I've noticed from this summer's TV coverage of various Pride marches and events in Canada and around the world that her bearded-but-still-elegant drag look is being widely imitated!