Rammstein guitarists kiss onstage in protest against Russia's anti-LGBTQ laws

Julia Hunt
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ARCHIV - Till Lindemann von Rammstein singt bei einem Konzert am 28. Februar 2010 in Moskau. "Haifisch" ist die dritte Single des Rammstein Albums "Liebe ist fuer Alle da". Das Lied lehrt uns, dass dieser nicht nur Zaehne hat, nein der Haifisch hat auch Traenen. Die Single erscheint Mitte Mai 2010. (AP Photo) --- FILE - Till Lindemann of Rammstein performs in Moscow's Olympiisky concert hall, Sunday Feb. 28, 2010. (AP Photo)

Rammstein rockers Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe took a stand against Russia’s anti-LGBTQ laws by kissing on stage during a concert in the country.

The German musicians – who are both guitar players in the heavy metal – locked lips during a performance of their song “Auslander” at Russia’s Luzhniki Stadium earlier this week.

There was an international outcry in 2013 when Russia passed what is known as the “gay propaganda law,” and many have said that the legislation has made the country a hostile environment for LGBTQ people.

However, Landers and Kruspe were undeterred by the policy as they leaned in and puckered up onstage in front of thousands of their fans.

The group also reiterated their statement by later sharing a photo of the moment on Instagram.

The photo was captioned “Russia, we love you!”

Rammstein is currently on a headline tour, with several stops across Europe.

Their display in Russia was not the first time the band has shown solidarity to members of the LGBTQ community.

Last month, they also spread their message when they performed a gig at the Stadion Sląski, Chorzow in Poland.

As the crowd watched, the group’s frontman Till Lindemann appeared in a dinghy while waving a Pride flag.

Landers and Kruspe have also kissed at other shows, leading some fans to nickname the duo “Paulchard.”

Rammstein was formed in Berlin in 1994. The band is comprised of Landers, Kruspe, Lindemann, Oliver Riedel, Christoph Schneider and Christian ‘Flake’ Lorenz.

The group has released seven studio albums. Their latest record – which was untitled – dropped in May this year.

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