Gay ad sparks protests in Kazakhstan

An online ad for a gay club in Kazakhstan has provoked widespread criticism on social media.

The ad features a gay kiss between the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly. The club, Studio 69, is on the corner of Pushkin and Kurmangazy streets in the relatively liberal city of Almaty.

However, the ad has attracted mostly negative comment on Twitter, and activists have filed a lawsuit against the adverting agency that created the ad saying that it “insulted both Kazakhs and Russians.”

The agency, Havas Worldwide Kazakhstan, has issued an apology and has promised that the ad will not be used in public.

Homosexuality is legal in Kazakhstan but anti-gay attitudes are strong.