Sunday, May 09, 2010
On this day in 1998 Dana International did more than win the 43rd annual Eurovision Song Contest for Israel with Tzvika Pick and Yoav Ginai's song Diva - she shattered an untold number of misconceptions in the process. Since Dana was born a boy, conservatives in her homeland campaigned against her selection; their failure, though, was a greater inevitablity than her victory. In the end she and her song scored 174 points, edging out the UK entry Where Are You? by Imaani, which was only able to manage a nevertheless respectable 167.
Still, despite the bigotry she faced back in her at home, she took to the stage in Birmingham with her head held high and from there would take Europe and the world by storm by being a gifted performer, a positive person refusing to be held back by hatred, and an inspiration to everyone who's ever suffered judgement in the name of religion...
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