Eurovision drag diva Conchita Wurst met UN chief Ban Ki-moon in Vienna to call for an end to discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Ban announced the extension of same-sex benefits to all UN employees, saying discrimination has no place in the United Nations.
“I will stand strong for equality. I hope all of you join our global, free and equal campaign. As Conchita said on the night of her victory (Eurovision Song Contest), I quote: ‘we are unstoppable,’” he said.
The Austrian singer added:
“I dream of a future where we don’t have to talk about sexual orientation, the colour of your skin, your religious beliefs – because this is not important when it comes to society. Of course it’s important for the human being, but it’s not important for society.”
Since winning Eurovision, Wurst has made several public appearances to promote LGBT rights, despite attracting criticism from social conservatives.