The 1975 singer Matt Healy defies Dubai’s anti-gay laws by kissing man on lips during concert


BRITISH rocker Matt Healy of The 1975 publicly defied Dubai’s anti-LGBT laws by wandering into the crowd at a recent concert in the strict anti-gay country and kissing a male fan on the lips.

Video footage also shows Healy telling gay fans that “God f****ing loves you.”

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The 1975 faced ,mixed reactions from fans following the display of LGBT solidarity[/caption]

Homosexual sex is illegal in the UAE, with the UK foreign office advising against PDAs – for straight couples  too.

Past arrests have been made in Dubai for as little as kissing in public.

The band played the Coca-Cola Arena on Tuesday, August 13.

Following the illegal kiss, Healy told the crowd: “”I love you bro. We’re all human, right?

“If you’re gay, I love you and God fucking loves you.”

After the performance lead singer Matt Healy Tweeted: “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.”

The band are outspoken supporters of LGBT rights last year they helped finance a new LGBTQ+ community centre in London.

But eagle-eyed fans pointed out that footage shared online of the kiss could get the receiver of Matt’s smooch in serious trouble, and was quickly removed.

Not all fans were impressed with Healy’s actions either.

Twitter user Rina said: “matty healy literally kissed that male fan knowing homosexuality is illegal in the united arab emirates??

“and probably put that guy in danger?? what for?? for straight girls from stan twitter to scream YEAH WE STAN AN LGBT SUPPORTER  ??

“i think the f**k no. electric chair.”

Brits have been slapped with harsh consequences for flouting the UAE’s strict rules on sexuality in the past.


  • Article 354 of the Federal Penal Code states: “Whoever commits rape on a female or sodomy with a male shall be punished by death.”
  • Although translations of this are disputed, homosexual sex and sex acts are illegal and is punishable by up to 10 years jailtime in Dubai
  • In 2013 it was announced that gulf countries were working on ways to ban gay foreigners from entering the countries
  • Legal and social sanctions against LGBT people mean that no formal LGBT organizations or nightclubs exist in Dubai

In 2017, Jamie Harron was sentenced to three months in prison after he touched a German businessman’s hip by accident at a nightclub to avoid spilling his drinks.

And in 2010, a 26-year-old Brit woman was caged by Dubai police for pecking a male friend on the cheek.

Other super-strict laws in the country have seen Brits jailed for things as simple as road rage and online rants.

Brit Jamil Ahmad, 23, had a run in with the law after flicking the V during a road-rage incident.

The IT consultant was on a romantic getaway with his wife, when he swore at a driver he claimed had dangerous cut him up.

Cops heard of the incident and arrested Ahmad on grounds of “public obscenity”.

Earlier this year a Brit mum was sacked and faced jail after calling ex-husband’s new wife a ‘horse’ on Facebook.

Healy tweeted that he didn’t think the band would be ‘allowed back due to my behaviour’
Homosexual sex is punishable in Dubai by up to ten years jail time
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