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The 1975's Matt Healy defies Dubai's anti-gay laws by kissing male fan

Consensual sodomy is illegal in Dubai and punishable with up to 10 years in jail

2019-08-15

Words: Steve Brown

The 1975’s frontman Matt Healy defies Dubai’s strict anti-LGBTQ laws by kissing a male fan while performing in the Arab state.

While performing ‘Loving Someone’ in their first show in Dubai, Matt moved from the stage down to the screaming audience and hugged a male fan after he had asked the singer to marry him.

Healy - who previously said he is attracted to men just not in a sexual way - embraces the fan before the pair share a quick kiss, going against the strict anti-LGBTQ laws in the Arab state.

Following the kiss, the singer took to Twitter to thank the fans and said: “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.

“But who knows maybe they will let me back in let’s just wait and see :).”

Consensual sodomy is illegal in Dubai and is punishable with up to 10 years in jail. However, it is not unheard of to see two men walking holding hands whether they identify as LGBTQ or not.