Will Young has blasted the Conservatives’ treatment of LGBTQ people, saying it makes him ‘terrified’ to be a homosexual man in Britain.
Will, 44, declared this week at the Labour Party conference that if the Conservatives win the next election, he ‘won’t stay’ in the UK.
The singer also raised concern over remarks made by Home Secretary Suella Braverman at a recent party convention.
Braverman used her speech to warn of a ‘storm’ of migration to the UK, and she was promptly chastised for her hyperbole.
Braverman stated in another speech a month earlier that a system in which all LGBT men and women who are ‘fearful of prejudice’ can ‘qualify for protection’ is untenable.
Will told the Mirror in a new interview: ‘I won’t stay in this country if they [the Tories] win. No way. It’s too terrifying.’
The former Pop Idol star went on: ‘I feel scared when you see a Home Secretary stand up and pick on LGBT migrants and talking about hurricanes. They’re picking on minorities, it’s just terrifying.’
He also noted: ‘It makes me feel a bit scared as a gay man. I haven’t really seen that before. It’s weird that I’m in my 40s seeing politicians making such radical statements.’
Will also backed Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, saying that “positive change is on the horizon.”
In September, the home secretary told attendees of the American Enterprise Institute keynote in Washington DC: ‘Let me be clear, there are vast swaths of the world where it is extremely difficult to be gay or a woman.’
She added: ‘Where individuals are being persecuted, it is right that we offer sanctuary.
‘But we will not be able to sustain an asylum system if in effect, simply being gay, or a woman, and fearful of discrimination in your country of origin, is sufficient to qualify for protection,’ she went on, arguing the threshold for asylum has been lowered since the United Nations’ Refugee Convention was signed over 70 years ago.
According to the 1951 agreement, refugees are those who are “unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin due to a well-founded fear of persecution.”
At least a dozen countries have the death penalty for same-sex attraction, according to the Human Dignity Trust.