Clubs protest against Russian anti-gay law


Clubs in Berlin, New York and Munich will host parties in protest of Russia’s anti-homosexual propaganda policy.

The law, which was passed in June with full parliamentary support, made it illegal to discuss or distribute information about homosexuality to anyone under 18. The decision sparked street violence in Moscow and has also attracted fierce international criticism.

In response, three clubs — Berghain/Panorama Bar in Berlin, New York’s Output and Harry Klein in Munich — plan to host Promote Diversity parties in September.

The famed techno club Berghain has posted a Promote Diversity listing for Thursday September 12. Admission charges for these club events will go directly to All Out, a charity that supports LGBT rights globally.

An Ostgut Ton mailout said: “Equality and tolerance are basic values that the club and music scene has always supported. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that the level of freedom we have achieved cannot be taken for granted, be it here or elsewhere.” The full admission charge for the night will be donated to All Out, an organisation that supports LGBT rights globally.

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