Eurovision at 50: Post-Wall and Post-Stonewall

This essay looks at the popularity of the Eurovision Song Contest in the gay community, attempting to move beyond quick generalizations about the camp appeal of the trashy clothes and the diva-like behavior of the singers. Instead, it argues that idea of Europe characterized by Eurovision brings real and concrete advantages to gays and lesbians.


“Eurovision at 50: Post-Wall and Post-Stonewall,” in A Song for Europe: Popular Music and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest, ed. by Robert Tobin and Ivan Raykoff (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2007) 25-36.