Conservative Parenting Group deplore Eurovision as "hotbed of sodomy"; attempt to ban contestant

Austria's Eurovision hopeful Conchita Wurst has become the victim of a transphobic backlash online.

Bearded drag queen Conchita - real name Tom Neuwirth - will compete for Austria at this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen.

But she has found herself the subject of petitions calling for her to be axed.

Conchita is currently 40/1 to win the competition.

According to Reuters, a petition from All-Russian Parent Meeting group calling for Russian authorities to remove Eurovision from broadcast in the country has been signed by more than 15,000 people.

It reads: "Austria will be represented in Eurovision 2014 by the transvestite contestant Conchita Wurst, who leads the lifestyle inapplicable for Russians.

"The popular international competition that our children will be watching has become a hotbed of sodomy at the initiation of the European liberals.

"Russia is one of the only European countries that has managed to maintain normal and healthy family values based on love and mutual support between men and women."

Russia recently enacted controversial laws that ban the 'promotion' of homosexuality, though the wide-ranging legislation has led to people being fired just for being gay, and there has been a marked rise in anti-LGBT violence in the country.

Ironically, Russia hit Eurovision headlines in 2003 when they selected faux-lesbian schoolgirl act Tatu to represent them, while last year's Finnish entry Krista Siegfrids' Marry Me was a marriage equality anthem and saw her kissing one of her female dancers on stage.


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