Charli XCX – the half British, half Ugandan singer – has vowed never to return to Uganda due to their anti-gay laws.
Charli – who wowed at the MTV EMAs last night – would regularly visit the African country as a child but has stated that she would not return now due to their stance on homosexuality.
She told the Metro, “I have been to Uganda when I was younger. It was amazing, but I wouldn’t go there now because I am so anti a lot of the laws that have been passed there.”
According to a leaked document, Uganda are hoping to go the way of Russia in outlawing the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality, including outlawing the practice of homosexuality, the work of LGBT-orientated charities or to “make a representation … by whatever means of a person engaged in real or fictitious unnatural sexual practices.”
After Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act was struck down by the Constitutional Court in August, the Ugandan government hope to pass an even stricter Bill.
Despite the fact that Uganda is her mother’s birthplace, the popular Boom Clap singer admitted that, “It was really upsetting that that’s the road the government decided to go down. I’m never going back there. It’s a terrible backwards decision.”
The country’s President Yoweri Museveni backed the first anti-gay law, however, he has announced his concerns that it may affect international trade relationships. He said last month that “we want to protect our children from homosexuality, but we do not want to kill our trade opportunities.”
Charli XCX performed a medley of Boom Clap and Break The Rules to a packed crowd at SSE Hydro last night at the MTV EMAs 2014.
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