Dua Lipa's LGBT fans removed from concert after waving pride flag

Fans ejected from Dua Lipa Shanghai concert over gay-rights flags

While the reason behind the concertgoers' eviction has not been made clear, PEOPLE have reported that it was because they were standing and dancing which is prohibited at the venue while others have speculated that it was because they were waving pride flags.

The news broke on Twitter that people were kicked out of Dua Lipa's show by security after waving the flag and fans quickly shared their anger before Dua Lipa spoke out herself.

Dua also addressed the incident during the show and appeared visibly upset as she told the crowd: "I want to create a really safe environment for us all to have fun". And just have a really good time.

Dua Lipa is now marking the end of her debut album by performing a series of live shows ahead of the release of her highly anticipated second record, which fans have dubbed DL2.

"I am proud and grateful that you felt safe enough to show your pride at my show".

In an Instagram note posted Thursday, Dua Lipa wrote that she'd love to return to the city one day and "see a room full of rainbows".

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She went on to add, "What you did takes a lot of bravery".

The rights in China are behind that of the United Kingdom, meaning that the fans who shared the flag were actively persecuted.

According to Shanghaiist, it's still unclear why fans weren't allowed to stand up during the show. I would love in these last few songs for us to really, really, really enjoy ourselves.

A woman at the concert told the BBC that the security staff and police were being "heavy-handed" and "aggressive".

Homosexuality is not illegal in China, as of 1997, but the Chinese social media site Sina Weibo did recently make headlines when they announced that posts relating to homosexuality would be taken down (though this ban was eventually reversed following a backlash).

While another added: "I just found out that at Dua Lipa's last concert, the security of the place expelled fans who wore an LGBT flag, which is a frightful injustice".

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