The 1975's lead singer defies Dubai anti-gay laws with kiss
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The lead singer of the band The 1975 kissed a male fan during a concert in Dubai in protest of the United Arab Emirates’s anti-LGBTQ laws.

Footage from the Wednesday concert shows Matt Healy, the lead singer of the band, going into the crowd and kissing a man on the lips as the audience cheered, the BBC reported.

The singer then returned to the stage and said, "I love you bro. We're all human, right?" 


Homosexual behavior is illegal in the UAE and punishable by imprisonment, according to CNN Philippines.

The singer also cried during another point in the concert and told the audience, "I just want us to identify as humans and not as groups of individual different people."

"I'm sorry, I know it seems indulgent for me to cry but I do this every night and it's the same thing, I see so much passion and pain and I know what you guys are going through and I know you're not representative of your governments," he said, CNN Philippines reported. 

The singer took to Twitter to defend his actions after the show. The protest took place during the band’s performance of their song “Loving Someone.”

“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,” Healy tweeted Wednesday.

Wednesday marked the band’s first performance in the UAE. The group won best British group and best British album this year at the Brit Awards, and all of their albums have gone to number one on the charts in the U.K.

This is not the first time Healy has advocated for the LGBTQ community. He helped fund a new community center in London for LGBTQ people last year. He told The Observer, “You might wonder why it is needed, and even ask yourself what exactly is everyone still scared of, but sadly, I think stigma still exists even in London and we still have some way to go."