The 1975’s Matty Healy breaks anti-LGBTQ+ laws by kissing a male fan in Dubai
15 August 2019, 12:30 | Updated: 15 August 2019, 18:01
Matty Healy also said: "if you're gay we love you, and God fucking loves you".
Matty Healy defied anti-LGBTQ+ laws in Dubai by kissing one of his male fans at a recent tour date in the city.
It's no secret that The 1975 are vocal LGBTQ+ allies. As soon as the band first rose to fame with their self-titled debut album in 2013, Matty Healy, Adam Hann, Ross MacDonald and George Daniel have used their platform as stars to raise awareness about LGBTQ+ issues and encourage equality. Matty also donated a huge £16,000 to help set up an LGBTQ+ Community Centre in London in 2018.
READ MORE: Everything you need to know about The 1975's new album Notes on a Conditional Form
Now Matty has made a statement about gay rights at a concert in Dubai.
Due to Dubai's strict anti-LGBTQ+ laws, popstars are encouraged to not in anyway endorse LGBTQ+ rights at their concerts there. Last night (Aug 14), Matty ignored this at The 1975's first gig in Dubai. He not only proclaimed: "If you're gay we love you, and God fucking loves you" in front of an LGBTQ+ flag but he also stepped off the stage and kissed one of his male fans on the lips during the show.
Unsurprisingly, multiple fans filmed videos of the kiss and took to Twitter to praise Matty. In one of the videos, Matty can be heard asking his fan: "Do you want me to kiss you?" before kissing him. Matty joins the likes of stars such as Little Mix who've gone against Dubai's anti-LGBTQ+ laws to support their queer fans.
@Truman_Black thank you , you’re a legend pic.twitter.com/Pkjlc9upXU— luna (@iamababieluvme) August 14, 2019
he did THAT #the1975 Matty Healy pic.twitter.com/YZMxEwA1a6— ?????Jude (@judeqxt) August 15, 2019
Following the concert, Matty tweeted about what happened. He wrote: "Thank you Dubai you were so amazing. I don’t think we’ll be allowed back due to my ‘behaviour’ but know that I love you and I wouldn’t have done anything differently given the chance again".
He then added: "But who knows maybe they will let me back in let’s just wait and see".
But who knows maybe they will let me back in let’s just wait and see :)— 🥾🌍 (@Truman_Black) August 15, 2019
The 1975 are currently putting the finishing touches on their fourth studio album Notes On a Conditional Form. The LP is set to come out on February 21, 2020.