Germany: Conchita to perform at Stonewall Gala in Berlin

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Conchita Wurst, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, will be performing at the Stonewall Gala in Berlin as a guest of honour.

The Stonewall Gala takes place on June 20, and it aims to promote equality for the gay community.  Whilst there Conchita will be performing her victorious Eurovision Song Contest entry, Rise like a phoenix.

She will also be awarded with a special honour, the Soul of Stonewall award, after her win in Copenhagen this May. The award recognises contributions to the LGBT cause.

The gala takes place the evening before a number of parades to remember and celebrate Christopher Street Day.

The day gets its name from the Stonewall riots in 1969, where the LGBT community rose against police assaults that took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York City.

The tradition for parades came a year later in 1970 when one was held on Christopher Street, where the bar was located, and has since spread across the world.

Conchita’s win at the Eurovision Song Contest was Austria’s second win in the competition. Their only other win came when Udo Jurgens won in 1966 with his song Merci, chérie.

The host city, venue and date are yet to be decided for the 2015 edition but decisions on each are expected in the coming weeks.

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