Two members of German metal band Rammstein kissed onstage in Moscow in a show of defiance at Russia’s notorious anti-LGBTIQ laws.
Guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe were seen moving towards one another before kissing during a performance of “Aüslander”.
The band later posted a photo of the moment to Instagram captioned “Russia, we love you!” in Russian.
Russia’s “gay propaganda” law, introduced in 2013, effectively bans all public expression of LGBTIQ identities.
The Russian government has used it to justify a broader crackdown on both LGBTIQ protests and groups.
Human rights groups say the law has caused an increase in homophobic vigilantism in the country.
The kiss isn’t the first time Rammstein have shown their support for the LGBTIQ community.
Frontman Till Lindemann was seen waving a rainbow pride flag while crowdsurfing during a show in Poland late last month.
Poland’s LGBTIQ community are currently dealing with a rise in anti-LGBTIQ rhetoric and homophobic violence in their country.
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Sorry, I may be a little bit overexaggerated about this, but:
— Earl from Ipanema ? (@laudadoom) June 2, 2019
I love this band so so much 💕
Just when I thought I couldn’t love them more than I already do, here they come, waving pride flags and openly supporting LGBTQ people. Thank you Rammstein for being the most amazing human beings one could ask for! 💕🏳️🌈#Rammstein #Pride pic.twitter.com/PDvIBKAu7p
— Earl from Ipanema 击 (@laudadoom) July 25, 2019
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