The London-based indie-pop group Autoheart has released a music video for their song “Moscow,” which features two gay Russian soldiers kissing in front of the Kremlin.
A scene in the video offers a nod to an incident last month when a group of same-sex couples in Moscow were violently attacked and then arrested for doing just that. The band addresses the theme of the song in a note they posted on on YouTube, saying it’s about “the daft optimism of being in love, when you just want to run away with that person, dream about being together forever, the house, the dog, and nothing else matters.”
They add: “We are lucky in Britain to have laws that mean whether we are gay, straight, bisexual or anything in between, our relationships are recognized and our rights protected by law. But in Russia there is an anti-gay crisis happening right now: their government does not want to afford their people those same rights and are trying to criminalise even the discussion of gay equality.”
The band encourages fans to sign the AllOut.org petition, which has over 200,000 signatures, that calls on the Russian government to stop the crackdown against LGBT people of the country.
“Wouldn’t it be amazing if one day everyone all consenting adults could be free to love who they want to without fear of persecution?”