The political side of Nemo’s Eurovision victory: will a third gender enter the Swiss Civil Code?

The political side of Nemo’s Eurovision victory: will a third gender enter the Swiss Civil Code?
The political side of Nemo’s Eurovision victory: will a third gender enter the Swiss Civil Code?

Published on May 13, 2024 at 3:44 p.m. / Modified on May 13, 2024 at 3:44 p.m.

“How will the Federal Council thank a non-binary person who does not exist in Switzerland?” It did not take long for Nemo’s victory on Saturday evening at the 68th European Song Contest to move from artistic considerations to the political field. The question asked by political scientist Daniel Graf on the social network

This is because Nemo, whose full name is Nemo Mettler, born in Bienne on August 3, 1999, defines himself as a non-binary person. In other words: his felt gender identity escapes a man/woman binary. This aspect is also at the heart of the lyrics of his victorious song, The Code, and he made his welcome at Kloten airport on Sunday evening a sort of manifesto for the rights of queer people.

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