LGBT organisations cancel Eurovision parties as part of boycott
At least three LGBT+ organisations have cancelled planned Eurovision parties and screenings as a part of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. This year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Israel has become embroiled in controversy, with some activists calling for a boycott due to the ongoing Israel-Palestinian conflict. Among those boycotting the event are LGBT+ organisations in Barcelona, Copenhagen and Melbourne, who all announced in recent weeks that planned Eurovision parties would not go ahead due to the ongoing conflict. Barcelona LGBT+ organisation cancelled Eurovision screening to ‘defend human rights’ Barcelona-based LGBT+ organisation El Casal Lambda cancelled this year’s edition of its annual Eurovision party, which was due to take place at the city’s LGBT+ centre, due to their “long and extensive experience defending human rights.” Meanwhile, an LGBT+ youth organisation in Copenhagen announced in a statement on Facebook earlier this month that its planned Eurovision party would not go ahead. “We have listened to the feedback we have received and have chosen not to hold the event,” the statement said. They said they had planned to celebrate Eurovision as they saw it as a non-political event and a celebration of the European community. FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty “However,
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