Going global means being a model for many, and Eurovision 2019 winner Duncan Laurence is taking a strong stance on Hungary’s recently passed anti-LGBT law.
In an interview with Belgium’s MNM, the “Arcade” singer said that he won’t perform in the country because of the new law, which bans content deemed to “promote homosexuality and gender change to minors”. Adding extra insult, the proposal is wrapped up in a government bill that punishes pedophilia, essentially connecting gay people with the abuse of minors. The law also bans LGBT literature for under-18s, which includes educational material and advertisements deemed to promote gay rights.
“If you want to accept who you are, you should surround yourself by people who love you and leave the country,” Duncan said. “I won’t perform there again. That’s very difficult, because there’s people who would feel supported by me being there, however when a country goes against human rights, you have to make a clear statement”.
“You don’t choose your sexuality. It’s not okay to discriminate in this way.”
Duncan is a well-known figure within the LGBT community. He recently premiered his song “Heaven Is A Hand To Hold”, which features on the soundtrack for season two of the American romantic drama series Love, Victor. He also got engaged to his boyfriend last year.
His winning Eurovision entry “Arcade” has met huge success two years after his victory. After going viral on TikTok, it’s spent several weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Duncan also got to perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
It’s worth mentioning that “Arcade” charted in Hungary as well. Back in May 2021, it peaked at 34 on the country’s chart.
Conchita Wurst: “When they ask why Pride is still needed…”
Duncan Laurence is not the only Eurovision winner to have spoken on the issue. Conchita Wurst has also criticised Hungary’s new law.
Writing on an Instagram story, she stated: “When they ask you why Pride is still needed…”, and shared a piece of news on the issue.
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