"A group of well-known Russian singers and writers has called for an end to discrimination against gay people.
They met after a local official tried to close Moscow's longest-running gay club, Dusha i Telo, where many of the artists have performed.
Activist Nikolai Alekseyev, who called the meeting, said it was the first time celebrities had come together publicly to denounce homophobia.
Requests to hold a gay pride march in Moscow have been rejected for years.
Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzkhov has previously described such parades as 'satanic'."
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