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Rammstein band members protest Russia’s anti-LGBTQ laws with onstage kiss

The gesture is illegal under the country’s ‘gay propaganda’ legislation

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Rammstein guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Krusp kissed onstage during their concert at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia on Monday night in a direct protest to Russia’s “gay propaganda” law.

Landers and Krusp kissed while performing the heavy metal band’s 2019 song “Ausländer.” Under Russia’s “gay propaganda” law, which passed in 2013, it is illegal to promote “non-traditional sexual relations” to youth. The law is also enforced for foreigners who can be arrested and detained for up to 15 days, fined up to 5,000 rubles and deported. It is unclear if Rammstein, whose band members hail from Germany, will face repercussions for the kiss.

Rammstein proudly displayed a picture of the kiss on Instagram captioning the post “Russia, we love you.”

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According to Rolling Stone, Rammstein has proudly supported LGBTQ rights at their past concerts. At a show in Poland, frontman Till Lindemann waved a Pride flag while crowd surfing in an inflatable boat.

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Annual celebration held at Carroll Creek Linear Park on Saturday

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Chasity Vain is among the performers at the main stage of Frederick Pride 2022. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The 10th annual Frederick Pride was held at Carroll Creek Linear Park in Frederick, Md. on Saturday, June 25.

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Rayceen Pendarvis hosts District of Pride Showcase

Mayor’s Office celebrates resilience of D.C.’s LGBTQ community with night of entertainment

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Rayceen Pendarvis hosts District of Pride Showcase on June 30. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host “The District of Pride Showcase” on Thursday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Theatre.

This event is to celebrate the resilience of D.C.’s LGBTQ community with a night of entertainment and performances that will feature the diverse queer talent.

This event will be hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis, with announcer Krylios, featuring DJ Honey. There will also be a performance by “Real Housewives of Potomac” star Candiace. 

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

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Mayor’s office to celebrate older LGBTQ individuals

District of Pride: Seniors Brunch on Monday

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The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host “District of Pride: Seniors Brunch” on Monday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Arts. 

This event is a celebration of Pride and a “thank you” to the District’s senior community members for their contributions to the LGBTQ+ community.

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

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