Eurovision Song Contest Wiki
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LGBT visibility in the Eurovision Song Contest includes both LGBT themes in the competing acts and performers themselves.

LGBT participants

Year Country Artist Identifies as Ref.
1997 Flag of Iceland.png Iceland Paul Oscar Gay
Flag of United Kingdom.png United Kingdom Katrina Leskanich (Katrina and The Waves) Lesbian [1]
1998 Flag of Israel.png Israel Dana International Transgender
2007 Flag of Serbia.png Serbia Marija Šerifović Lesbian [2]
2010 Flag of Israel.png Israel Harel Skaat Gay [3]
2011 Flag of United Kingdom.png United Kingdom Duncan James (Blue) Gay [4]
Lee Ryan (Blue) Bisexual
2012 Flag of Norway.png Norway Tooji Gay [5]
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden Loreen Bisexual [6]
2013 Flag of Ireland.png Ireland Ryan Dolan Gay [7]
2014 Flag of Austria.png Austria Conchita Wurst Gay [8]
Flag of Belgium.png Belgium Axel Hirsoux Gay [9]
2016 Flag of Germany.png Germany Jamie-Lee Kriewitz Queer [10]
Flag of Israel.png Israel Hovi Star Gay [11]
Flag of The Netherlands.png The Netherlands Douwe Bob Bisexual [12]
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland Rykka Non-binary
2017 Flag of Montenegro.png Montenegro Slavko Kalezić Gay [13]
2018 Flag of Finland.png Finland Saara Aalto Lesbian [14]
Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine Melovin Bisexual [15]
2019 Flag of France.png France Bilal Hassani Queer [16]
Flag of The Netherlands.png The Netherlands Duncan Laurence Bisexual [17]
Flag of Norway.png Norway Tom Hugo (KEiiNO) Gay [18]
2021 Flag of Australia.png Australia Montaigne Bisexual [19]
Flag of Germany.png Germany Jendrik Gay [20]
Flag of Iceland.png Iceland Hulda Kristín Kolbrúnardóttir (Gagnamagnið) Pansexual [21]
Flag of Ireland.png Ireland Lesley Roy Lesbian [22]
Flag of Italy.png Italy Victoria De Angelis (Måneskin) Bisexual
Ethan Torchio (Måneskin) "Sexually free" [23]
Flag of Macedonia.png North Macedonia Vasil Gay [24]
Flag of The Netherlands.png The Netherlands Jeangu Macrooy Gay [25]
Flag of Romania.png Romania Roxen Non-binary [26]
2022 Flag of Australia.png Australia Sheldon Riley Gay [27]
Flag of Israel.png Israel Michael Ben David Gay [28]
Flag of Iceland.png Iceland Elín Eyþórsdóttir (Systur) Lesbian

LGBT presenters

Year Presenter Identifies as Ref.
2019 Assi Azar Gay
2021 Nikkie de Jager Transgender
2022 Mika Gay

LGBT themes in competing acts

Year Country Song Themes
1961 Flag of Luxembourg.png Luxembourg Nous les amoureux A love song regarding a same-sex relationship.
2013 Flag of Finland.png Finland Marry Me Krista Siegfrids kissed one of her female backing singers to protest Finland's stance on marriage equality.
2015 Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania This Time When Vaidas and Monika kissed each other midway through the song, the two female and two male backing vocalists performed same-sex kisses.
2018 Flag of Ireland.png Ireland Together The song's music video and live performance featured dancers portraying a same-sex couple.
2020 Flag of Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan Cleopatra The song contained the line "Straight or Gay or in between".
2022 Flag of San Marino.png San Marino Stripper The song's music video and live performance featured a same-sex kiss between Achille Lauro and one of his male backing performers.
Eurovision Song Contest
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Winning Songs
RefrainNet Als ToenDors, mon amourEen beetjeTom PillibiNous les amoureuxUn premier amourDanseviseNon ho l'etàPoupée de Cire, Poupée de SonMerci, ChériePuppet on a StringLa, La, LaBoom Bang-a-BangVivo CantandoUn jour, un enfantDe TroubadourAll Kinds of EverythingUn banc, un arbre, une rueAprès ToiTu Te ReconnaîtrasWaterlooDing-a-DongSave Your Kisses For MeL'Oiseau et l'enfantA-Ba-Ni-BiHallelujahWhat's Another YearMaking Your Mind UpEin bißchen FriedenSi la vie est cadeauDiggiloo DiggileyLa Det SwingeJ'aime La VieHold Me NowNe Partez Pas Sans MoiRock MeInsieme: 1992Fångad av en stormvindWhy Me?In Your EyesRock 'n' Roll KidsNocturneThe VoiceLove Shine a LightDivaTake Me To Your HeavenFly on the Wings of LoveEverybodyI WannaEveryway That I CanWild DancesMy Number OneHard Rock HallelujahMolitvaBelieveFairytaleSatelliteRunning ScaredEuphoriaOnly TeardropsRise Like a PhoenixHeroes1944Amar pelos doisToyArcadeZitti e buoniStefania
Aspects of Eurovision
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Big FiveCongratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song ContestCurse of Number TwoCurse of GreenDouze Points!ESCRadio AwardsESC Top 250Europe Shine a LightEurovision AgainEurovision's Greatest HitsEurovision National BroadcastersEurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire SagaFounding SevenLGBT visibilityLynda WoodruffMarcel Bezençon AwardsNul PointsOGAERecordsStand-insThe Reorder BoardTie SituationTop Scoring SongsVoting DiasporaWithdrawn SongsYou're a Vision Award


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  2. I Am A Lesbian! – Marija Serifovic Opens Up in Her Film "Confession" (28 November 2013). Retrieved on 8 November 2021.
  3. Asked and Answered - Harel Skaat (30 March 2011). Retrieved on 28 February 2022.
  4. Akingbade, Tobi (22 July 2019). Duncan James 'proud to be gay' as he reveals new boyfriend Rodrigo Reis (en). Retrieved on 8 November 2021.
  5. Norway: Tooji comes out, releases new song “The Father Project” (en) (8 June 2015). Retrieved on 9 November 2021.
  6. Eurovision winner Loreen comes out as bisexual (en) (6 February 2017). Retrieved on 8 November 2021.
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  8. Conchita Wurst: 'Most artists are sensitive and insecure people. I am too' (6 July 2014). Retrieved on 8 November 2021.
  9. Axel Hirsoux getrouwd met een man (nl) (7 May 2014). Retrieved on 9 November 2021.
  10. pronouns = she/her they/their (en) (31 May 2021).
  11. Israeli entrant to Eurovision says humiliated at Russian airport for being gay (en) (23 April 2016). Retrieved on 8 November 2021.
  12. Netherlands: Douwe Bob Comes Out As Bi (en) (10 March 2016). Retrieved on 8 November 2021.
  13. Montenegro Eurovision Singer Hits Wrong Note Back Home (en) (21 April 2017). Retrieved on 8 November 2021.
  14. Saara Alto opens up about her sexuality as she poses in stunning new photo shoot (en) (23 December 2016). Retrieved on 8 November 2021.
  15. Ukraine: "I showed my essence" - MELOVIN comes out, kisses a woman and a man on stage at Atlas Weekend festival (en) (6 July 2021). Retrieved on 8 November 2021.
  16. Le youtubeur Bilal Hassani, idole queer des jeunes, représentera la France à l'Eurovision (fr). Le (27 January 2019). Retrieved on 8 November 2021.
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  22. 'I pushed being gay deep down inside me' - Eurovision hopeful Lesley Roy (en) (15 March 2020). Retrieved on 8 November 2021.
  23. Sanremo 2021, i Maneskin si spogliano e parlano di libertà sessuale (Italian) (12 February 2021). Retrieved on 8 November 2021.
  24. Eurovision's Vasil is ready to be a voice for LGBTQ people in North Macedonia and the Balkans (en) (2 May 2021). Retrieved on 8 November 2021.
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  26. Adams, Oliver (3 August 2021). “I always thought I was a boy in a girl’s body” — Romania’s Roxen comes out as non-binary (en). Retrieved on 8 November 2021.
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