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Thousands protest lesbian couple’s ejection from Vienna cafe for kissing

Friday, January 16, 2015
Protestors hold a poster reading " Kiss me I'm cute" during an protest in support of gay kissing, in Vienna, Austria, on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.
Police estimated around 2,000 people participated in the protest Friday, forcing the closure of one downtown street. Some of the demonstrators exchanged long kisses. [...]

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Austria court lifts adoption restrictions for same-sex couples

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Austria's Constitutional Court in Vienna.
Prior to the decision Wednesday, same-sex partners could adopt a child only if one of them was the child's biological parent. [...]

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Newsweek profiles Conchita Wurst: ‘Europe’s game-changing bearded lady’

Sunday, December 28, 2014
Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage during the opening ceremony of the Life Ball in front of City Hall in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, May 31, 2014.
Europe is changing, and Conchita Wurst is both beneficiary and agent of that change. Her stardom is proof that Austria is willing to love someone different. Now’s she’s been elevated to a global stage. [...]

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Austria politician tells Pope Francis to speak up for same-sex marriage

Friday, November 28, 2014
Ulrike Lunacek
STRASBOURG, France -- A prominent, openly lesbian politician from Austria presented Pope Francis with a rainbow scarf on Tuesday, and called on the Pontiff to speak up for women’s rights and same-sex marriage. [...]

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No charges for man who attacked politician because there were no injuries

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Ulrike Lunacek
VIENNA -- A man who attacked Austria’s openly gay Greens politician Ulrike Lunacek by spraying butyric acid on her at Vienna's LGBT pride parade last month, will not face charges because no injuries were sustained. While the suspect has been identified, yet remains at large, prosecutors say he will not [...]

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Gay politician attacked with acid substance at Vienna pride event

Monday, June 16, 2014
Ulrike Lunacek
VIENNA -- Austria's first openly gay politician was the victim of an attack at Friday's annual LGBT pride parade in Vienna. An unknown assailant sprayed butyric acid at Ulrike Lunacek, leader of the Austrian Greens’ delegation to the European Parliament, as she was giving an interview on the sidelines of [...]

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Conchita Wurst steals show at ‘Life Ball’ charity event for AIDS research

Sunday, June 1, 2014
Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage during the opening ceremony of the Life Ball in front of City Hall in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, May 31, 2014.
VIENNA — Party-goers dressed in little more than body paint rubbed shoulders with men in tuxedoes and cross-dressers in wild costumes on Saturday, transforming Vienna's City Hall into a fantasy land. But in the end, Conchita Wurst stole the show. The occasion, Europe's biggest charity event, was serious: raising money [...]

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Austrian drag queen wows 10,000 fans outside federal chancellery in Vienna

Sunday, May 18, 2014
Conchita Wurst
VIENNA -- So... who was the real Conchita Wurst? The one on stage, of course. But with some of the fans gathered Sunday to fete the hirsute Austrian drag queen wearing fake beards, it was a justified question. [...]

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Transgender Austrians to get new school transcripts

Friday, May 16, 2014
VIENNA -- Austria's education minister has instructed schools to re-issue grade transcripts to transgender persons who have requested that they be identified by another sex. [...]

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Gay Olympic ski jumper says protests aren’t worth it because ‘no one cares’

Sunday, February 9, 2014
Matthias Schrader, APAustria's Daniela Iraschko-Stolz soars through the air during a women's ski jumping training session at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — An openly gay women's ski jumper says protests against Russia's law banning homosexual "propaganda" aimed at minors aren't worth it because "no one cares." [...]

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