By Trudy Ring
Originally published on Advocate.com November 17 2013 4:54 AM ET
Two men fired shots in a Moscow gay nightclub Saturday, an attack considered part of the pattern of recent antigay violence in Russia.
The men threatened patrons at the Central Station club, and when an employee tried to keep them out, began shooting, reports website Queer Russia. No one was injured, but bullets damaged the club’s front door. The men escaped, but the club has surveillance video that its management hopes will lead to arrests.
There have been several other attacks on the club, and managers have appealed to police for additional protection, the site reports.
There has been much antigay violence in Russia since the passage last summer of a national law banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” to minors, essentially a ban on any positive discussion of LGBT rights or identities.