In September of last year, Berghain held its Promote Diversity fundraising event, starting off as a concert and continuing on into the next morning as a party. The list of DJs for the party added up to a whopping 38 over 24 hours - so many, in fact, that the coat-check area was opened up as a third floor of music, while nearly every DJ appeared back-to-back with another artist for 1.5-hour sets.
During that same week, similar Promote Diversity fundraisers were held in Munich (Harry Klein), Paris (Rex Club), New York (Output/The Panther Room), Tel Aviv (The Block), San Francisco (Holy Cow/Honey Soundsystem) and Zurich (Heaven Club). The ticket proceeds from these events were to be donated to All Out, a LGBT-rights organization that is active in several countries around the world. This was in response to Russia's recently passed legislation against "homosexual propaganda," which included wording that criminalized virtually any public statement in support of "non-traditional sexual relations." But why would the global nightclub community take action to support sexual minorities? What relevance do they have to today's club culture, anyway?