Conchita Wurst met with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday and received praise for her fight against LGBT discrimination.
Conchita was invited to speak and sing at the U.N. in Vienna, Austria today.
“I dream of a future where we don’t have to talk about sexual orientation, the color of your skin, your religious beliefs — because this is not important when it comes to society,” the drag queen said, according to AP Television. “Of course, it’s important for the human being, but it’s not important for society. And I would welcome you to join us, to join those people who think of this future.”
Conchita, who won the 2014 Eurovision song contest in May, was publicly condemned by conservative Russian groups following her win, so this vote of confidence from the U.N. is a huge step in the right direction.
“I will continue to fight against transphobia and homophobia,” Ban said in his speech. “I will stand strong for equality. I hope all of you will join our global, free and equal campaign. As Conchita said on the night of her victory, ‘We are unstoppable.'” (Read Ban Ki-moon’s full speech)
While we might not be able to completely wipe out intolerance overnight, public figures such as Conchita Wurst will continue to help pave the way for global acceptance.
Conchita urges, “You just can be respected if you respect others.” The fight for acceptance starts with you.