Exactly zero percent of Queerty readers will be surprised to learn that there has been another antigay attack in Russia.
And we’re not talking about some isolated hate speech out in the sticks; or one unfortunate victim who was mugged in a dark alley. Nope — the attackers are getting so brazen that this time they released a toxic gas at Central Station, in a crowded nightclub with a generally gay clientele. Five hundred people were present, some of whom needed medical attention but refused to go to the hospital, perhaps because they didn’t want to have to explain what they were doing at a gay club.
Fortunately, Central Station was equipped with a “smoke removal machine,” according to media reports. Why would a club have such a machine handy? Probably because this is the fourth time that they’ve been the victims of a gas attack.
Oh and the attacks don’t stop there. A few weeks ago, someone fired a gun in the club. Another harasser hung a banner reading “GAY CLUB ENTRANCE” to try to intimidate clientele. And on one more occasion, someone blasted disruptive music at the entrance.
Who is the Boris Badenov behind all this? According to Central Station’s owner, Andrew Leszczynski, it’s the real estate company that owns the building. It’s unclear if that’s true, but Leszczynski’s appealed to police for help so we should be getting to the bottom of this aaaaaaaaaany day now.