Obama to meet with LGBTI activists in Russia
According to reports on BuzzFeed, President Obama is slated to meet with LGBTI activists whilst attending the G20 summit.
BuzzFeed suggests the President will meet with activists including Lev Ponomarev, Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Pavel Chikov, and Coming Out, a St Petersburg-based LGBT organisation whilst in Russia for the summit.
The US state department has failed to confirm the story, but it is not completely unreasonable to believe such a meeting could take place.
Just last month President Obama voiced his concerns over the treatment of LGBTI people in Russia whilst attending an interview on Jay Leno’s popular talk show.
While Obama nixed the idea of boycotting the Sochi Olympics he did say he had “no patience for countries that try to treat gays and lesbians and transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them.”
President Putin signed the anti gay propaganda bill into law in June, effectively making the discussion or promotion of homosexuality illegal.