First same-sex couple to dance at the Vienna Opera


Aneri Upadhyay, Staff Writer

For the first time, the Vienna Opera is having an LGBTQ+ couple dance in the coveted cotillion. This is a monumental step towards equality for the LGBTQ+ community and is a step towards more acceptance and peace.

The Vienna Opera is a high-end gala where people come from all over the world to watch people dance the waltz, or join in themselves. It entails a formal dress code, especially for the cotillion, who dances first before the guests. The cotillion is required to be exceptional at the waltz and typically contained one man and woman for each pair, until now that is.

Sophie Grau and Iris Klopfer are the two women making history. Although they are not a romantic couple, they want to bring awareness to the LGBTQ+ community and promote peace among everyone.

The pair of friends is still going to pertain to the strict dress code of the Opera, as Klopfer will wear a formal white dress and Grau will wear a black suit. They wanted to respect the ball’s traditions and not ruin the pristine appearance of the cotillion with two formal white dresses.

This event helps promote diversity and love among everyone and demonstrates how everyone deserves the opportunity to love someone else.

Grau and Klopfer are changing the way that the world views itself and bringing awareness to the fact that people are still not accepted for their right to love. They are moving people in the right direction and changing the world for the better.