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Eurovision Kiss Cam Brings Down the House With Same-Sex Kisses

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The celebration of same-sex couples was a bold move considering the contest airs in places like Russia that are hostile to LGBTQ people. 

The international Eurovision Song Contest kicked off this week in Tel Aviv, Israel, and audience members went wild when a kiss cam zeroed in on several same-sex couples during a cover of Bruno Mars's "Just the Way You Are" performed by 1998 Eurovision winner Dana International.

Eurovision, now more than 60 years old and with more than 50 countries eligible to enter, requires participating countries to submit an original song to be performed on live television and radio.

Votes are then cast to determine a winner. The contest is broadcast primarily in Europe; its airing in places like Russia that are hostile toward LGBTQ people makes the queer kiss cam revolutionary.

In addition to the audience members who cheered as the camera panned to various same-sex couples kissing, social media users praised the inclusivity of the cam.

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