Conchita Wurst came home to a heroine's welcome in Austria on Sunday after the bearded drag queen won the Eurovision Song Contest in what she called a victory over the forces of intolerance, including... more 
Conchita Wurst came home to a heroine's welcome in Austria on Sunday after the bearded drag queen won the Eurovision Song Contest in what she called a victory over the forces of intolerance, including Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Sporting high heels, a tight dress, butterfly eyelashes and a full beard, Wurst - whose birth name is Tom Neuwirth - swept to victory with her "Rise Like a Phoenix" ballad before a global TV audience of about 180 million people in 45 countries. The 25-year-old "queen of Europe" said, "I share the opinion that this was not a victory just for me but for the people who believe in a future that works without discrimination and is based on tolerance and respect. This transcends borders." less 
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Sun, May 11, 2014 11:00 AM EDT