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Rammstein band members kiss onstage in Moscow

August 1, 2019

In support of Russia's LGBTQ community, two male members of the German heavy metal group kissed in front of a massive crowd in Moscow. Under a so-called gay propaganda law, the kiss could be considered illegal.

Rammstein performers on stage
Image: picture-alliance/dpa/C. Soeder

During a concert Monday night in Moscow, Rammstein guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe kissed onstage in front of a crowd of 81,000 at Luschniki Stadium, Russia's largest football stadium.

Read moreRussia arrests suspect in killing of LGBT+ activist

The band then posted a picture on Instagram and Facebook with the caption, "Russia, we love you."

The gesture from the German heavy metal band was in defiance of Russia's "gay propaganda" law, which makes it illegal to display or promote "non-traditional sexual relations." The law was passed in 2013, ostensibly to protect minors.

Read moreEuropean Human Rights court rules Russian 'gay propaganda' law illegal

Attacks against members of the LGBTQ community are a regular occurrence in Russia. Perpetrators are rarely prosecuted, according to human rights activists.

Screenshot Instagram - Rammstein
Image: Instagram/rammsteinofficial

The kiss in Moscow was not the first time the band members have smooched while performing their song "Ausländer" (Foreigner), nor was it the first sign of support for the LGBTQ community from Rammstein during their current tour.

Read more: Rammstein: Sons of East German punk

At a concert last week in Chorzow, Poland, Rammstein drummer Christoph Schneider was hoisted above the crowd in an inflatable raft waving a rainbow pride flag. 

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Wesley Rahn Editor and reporter focusing on geopolitics and Asia