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Dua Lipa Speaks Out In Support Of Fans After They’re Ejected From Her Shanghai Concert For Waving LGBT Flags

Pop sensation Dua Lipa has been doing a worldwide concert tour. One of her most recent stops was Shanghai, China. The country is known to be notoriously anti-LGBT socially, while relatively accepting legally. While homosexuality was decriminalized in China in 1997, forced conversion therapy is still common in the country, and a lot of LGBT content is censored. This censorship extended to this Wednesday, when some fans were kicked out of Dua Lipa’s concert for waving Pride flags.

Videos surfaced showing fans getting kicked out for other innocuous acts, such as standing…

And waving pride flags:

After the incident with the Pride flag, Dua Lipa got visibly upset onstage.

She stated at the concert…

“I want to create a really safe environment for us all to have fun … I want us all to dance. I want us all to sing. I want us all to just have a really good time.”

A video of the moment was captured on Twitter…

She went even further, tweeting on Thursday…

The full text reads…

“Last night I did it for my fans. A promised show. I stood by them, sang with them, and danced with them. I will stand by you all for your love and beliefs and I am proud and grateful that you felt safe enough to show your pride at my show. What you did takes a lot of bravery. I always want my music to bring strength, hope and unity. I was horrified by what happened and I send love to all my fans involved. I would love to come back for my fans when the time is right and hopefully see a room full of rainbows. I love you Shanghai xx.”

Some disputed the Pride flag story…

People offered kind words to the singer…

Hopefully her dream of a room full of rainbow flags in China will one day come true.

H/T: The Guardian, Human Rights Watch, Twitter

Written by Dana Levinson

Dana Aliya Levinson is an actress, writer, and trans activist. She graduated with honors from the New School where she wrote extensively about political and ethnic identity in the middle-east. She was a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and has written about politics and trans issues for The Huffington Post, Women's Health, Nylon, and The Notice Blog.