Eurovision Winner & Drag Queen Conchita Wurst on her First Time in Hong Kong
The Austrian singer and drag queen made headlines when she won the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. She was in town last week at the press conference of annual LGBT festival Pink Dot Hong Kong, as this year’s International Ambassador.
Welcome to Hong Kong! How do you feel about the city? It’s unbelievable and it’s so amazing! It’s my first time here, and I fell in love with Hong Kong immediately. I’m here because Austrian Airlines flew directly from Vienna to Hong Kong for the first time, and they were nice enough to let me be here for a few days. I've explored a lot of the city so far: I went to the Peak, I travelled around the city, and I’m planning to go to Macau. I’m here for almost a week, so it’s really luxurious for me to get the chance to explore the city.
Too bad you can’t make it to this year’s Pink Dot! I’m sure it won’t be the last! Maybe not this time, but hopefully I’m gonna make it in the future.
"Everybody’s agreeing that love is the strongest power, the most important thing we ever experience in life."
Do you know much about the gay rights in Hong Kong? I do know a little bit about it, I don’t know so much that I can stand here and talk about the issues, but what I've heard is, the situation is not as relaxed as it could be. But, you know, that’s [the same] in many places around the world, and I think we have to work as a society on equality. It’s just beautiful that these events go towards the direction of celebrating love and respect: At the end of the day, it's not just about sexual orientation. Everybody’s agreeing that love is the strongest power, the most important thing we ever experience in life.
You’re an international gay icon, what do you think of that? I don’t really see myself as a gay icon! I’m aware of the fact that as a person in the public eye, and if you’re openly gay, or a member of the LGBTIQ community, you automatically have a voice. And it’s a huge privilege that I can talk to so many people through interviews to reach even more people. Many of the misperceptions and the awful things that have happened are based on not enough knowledge about the community: basically, not enough information.
Got any gigs coming up in Hong Kong soon? We’d love to have you! Thank you so much! We do have some plans: I played at the Sydney Opera House earlier this year, and we really would love to bring this concert to Hong Kong as well. It would be amazing if it works out, because I just really love being here and I hope people will enjoy me singing here!