Yungblud paints rainbow flag on Polish street in fight against country’s anti-gay laws after making promise to fan


Yungblud paints rainbow flag in Poland in protest to homophobia in the country (Picture: Getty/Twitter)
Yungblud paints a rainbow flag in Poland in protest to homophobia in the country (Picture: Getty/Twitter) Getty/Twitter

Yungblud has fulfilled his vow to paint rainbow colours on the streets of Poland in retaliation to the country’s treatment of gay people and its laws.

In 2020, the 25-year-old musician shared a photo of himself on Twitter in 2020 in which he could be seen standing proudly on rainbow-covered street in London’s Camden.

A Polish fan had responded by saying she wished rainbow-adorned roads could be a possibility in her native country, which she branded ‘the most homophobic I’ve ever seen.’

‘The pavements will be painted in beautiful colours. im gonna paint the f***in street myself outside the venue next time i am there. We will keep fighting. all my love is with you,’ Yungblood had replied.

The singer stayed true to his word, and after performing in Warsaw as part of his European tour, he posted a video of himself painting rainbow colours on a street in the country’s capital while surrounded by cheering fans.

Speaking over the clip, the star, whose real name is Dominic Harrison, said: ‘Last night I played Poland. A year ago I told you all that I would paint your streets with beautiful colours in solidarity with your cause and your fight.

‘I want you to know that… I think about you all and I am with you every single day. Yungblud is about all of us.

‘It’s about a generation that will come together to enact positive change in this world and the people who try to hold onto an old ideology that will hold us back will inevitably fail because we’ll outgrow them all. Never, ever, be ashamed to be who you are. I promise you we’re winning, even if they don’t see it yet. Be proud of who you are.’

Captioning the video, he added: ‘Never apologise. never compromise. never hide who you are. love as much as you can every fookin day!!! to love another is NEVER WRONG.’

Referring to the paint, he added: ‘It’s f**kin led based paint too , try gettin that off!’

Poland holds conservative views around issues pertaining to LGBT rights as a majority of the population is affiliated to the Catholic Church.


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Yungblud, pictured here at the MTV EMAs 2021, kept his promise to a fan by painting rainbow colours in Poland’s Warsaw (Picture: Getty Images)

Dozens of small towns in Poland have declared themselves free of ‘LGBT ideology’, forging a divide between the religious right and the more liberal-minded Poles. Many gay people living in these areas have been forced out.

In July last year, the EU launched a legal investigation against Poland and also Hungary for how LGBT people are treated.

Meanwhile, Yungblood has previously opened up about being pansexual, saying that he hopes his decision to come out publicly will encourage others struggling with their sexuality to come out.

He first described himself as ‘sexually fluid’ in 2019 and came out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community last year.

‘I was just like with it all; “I’m pan, you know what I’m saying?”,’ the star told Hunger magazine. ‘It doesn’t matter what genitalia you’ve got or what you identify as, if I love you, I love you and that’s it, and that’s (something) I’ve struggled with my whole life, because I didn’t know what I was. I couldn’t quite put a label on it.

‘Then I learned about pansexuality from magazines and the internet and I think it’s so beautiful that sexuality has really come to the forefront of my generation’s mind, that you can be beautifully yourself.’

He added: ‘What I want to encourage with my message is that no matter what you are, no matter how you want to express yourself, you are individual and you are beautiful just by simply existing. I wanted to make a stand so that if anyone’s out there scared to come out, they will come out.’

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