A Sacred Heart icon with bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst as a queer Christ has gone viral after the Austrian performer won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest this weekend in Copenhagen.
If Christ came back today, would s/he would appear as a genderqueer person singing an upbeat song like Conchita’s winning tune, “Rise Like a Phoenix”?
I rise up to the sky
You threw me down but
I'm gonna fly...
Conchita is the alter ego of openly gay 25-year-old singer Thomas Neuwirth. He has spoken in favor of LGBT rights and told Reuters that Conchita's beard is "a statement to say that you can achieve anything, no matter who you are or how you look."
You can enjoy the genderbending performance on video or download the song.
Thanks to Jayden Cameron of the Gay Mystic blog for the news tip.
Austria's Conchita Wurst hails Eurovision victory over intolerance (Reuters)
Conchita Wurst, Austrian Drag Queen, Wins Eurovision Song Contest (Huffington Post)
This post is part of the Queer Christ series by Kittredge Cherry at the Jesus in Love Blog. The series gathers together visions of the queer Christ as presented by artists, writers, theologians and others.