For those (admittedly probably not that many) of you who don't have a clue what Eurovision is - let me give you a brief explanation:
So every year, European nations (that's the continent, not the Union,) plus Israel and the recent addition of... Australia (...? Honestly, none of us know either,) compete in a song contest.
The founding nations, plus the home nation, get an automatic pass to the final (which is how the UK inexplicably ends up there, dazed and confused, every year.)
But that doesn't really explain the spectacle, glitz, glam, and uniqueness of Eurovision.
Because Eurovision is shamelessly fabulous (as well as occasionally bemusing, gonna be honest.)
The whole thing is a bright and glittery celebration of being yourself and doing whatever the f**k you want (even if sometimes that wasn't necessarily a great idea; still, s'all good!)
It's the fabulousness of it all that has, over the years, made the event a rallying point for the LGBTQ+ community.
In Eurovision, people who all too often still, even in the 21st Century, face discrimination and even persecution and death, can celebrate themselves.
From the stunningly beautiful, and breathtakingly talented, Conchita Wurst, to this year's Ukrainian rainbow, this is the place where European LGBTQ+ folks can celebrate being awesome, while the allo-cishet (non-LGBTQ+) people join us in celebrating pop music as a whole!
So, in a world of far-right a**holes and increasingly bad news, I invite you to the biggest, most fabulous, party on Earth!