Queer Eurovision fans moved as Iceland proudly flies pansexual flag
Iceland’s Eurovision entry thrilled fans by appearing to wave the pansexual Pride flag during the second semi-final.
Daði og Gagnamagnið are unable to perform live in this year’s Eurovision finals after a band member tested positive for COVID-19. The group were permitted to continue on in the competition, appearing through rehearsal footage.
During the second Eurovision semi-final on Thursday (20 May), Daði og Gagnamagnið joined the broadcast from their hotel room. The group were all wearing their signature blue-green jumpers and were holding the flag of Iceland.
But one member had a surprise for fans: she proudly waved the pansexual flag as it was announced the group had qualified for the grand final on Saturday (22 May).
— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) May 20, 2021
Queer Eurovision fans went wild after spotting the flag and immediately shared their joy at the pansexual representation,
Rob Holley, who ran the wildly popular Eurovision Again rewatch in 2020, and is now works on the contest proper, said he thought “that’s the first time that we’ve seen the pansexual pride flag” during the competition.
— Rob Holley (@robholley) May 20, 2021
Other fans identified the person holding the pansexual flag as Hulda. One person said the move “genuinely makes me so happy” and was “just another reason to support Iceland”.
— leah (@paradiseIeah) May 20, 2021
— santiago trillo quinteros 🦙🦩 (@lallamaflamenca) May 21, 2021
Another person thanked the group for waving the flag. They said: “You have no idea how happy that made me. Representation really does matter!!!”
Thank you so, so, SO much for the flag!!!
You have no idea how happy that made me. Representation really does matter!!! #Eurovision #OpenUp #Pansexual @dadimakesmusic pic.twitter.com/C4jinUBKIQ
— 🇬🇷🇯🇵ヒロ/Hiro/Χιρο🇨🇭 (@hiro_esc) May 21, 2021
Fans revelled in the fact that the flag would bring more visibility for pansexual people.
did iceland have a pansexual pride flag there? we truly love to see it #Eurovision
— Ceitidh 🌸 (@hoodedhawks) May 20, 2021
— Svai || 🇱🇹 #18 🇮🇹 #24 🇸🇲 #26 (@mai__dire__mai) May 20, 2021
— Dr Amy Roberts (@drAR387) May 20, 2021
Eurovision has welcomed more LGBT+ representation this year. Nikkie de Jager – also known by her YouTube name NikkieTutorials – became the first trans host of Eurovision. The beauty guru can be seen interviewing each of the contestants for the Eurovision YouTube channel.
Nikkie shared that it has been an “amazing honour” to act as a host for the singing competition. She said she hoped others would take home from her by “seeing its OK to live your truth, to be yourself and still be able to do awesome things in life as hosting Eurovision is”.