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Obama To Meet With LGBT Activists While In Russia

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Following his cancellation of a bilateral meeting with President Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Barack Obama may infuriate the Kremlin further by meeting Russian human rights activists, including LGBT rights groups, during his upcoming trip to St Petersburg for the G20 summit.

Four Russian non-governmental organizations told BuzzFeed Monday they had been invited to the meeting, scheduled for this Thursday at St. Petersburg’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. The groups include veteran human rights activists Lev Ponomarev and Lyudmila Alexeyeva, legal aid NGO director Pavel Chikov, and Coming Out, a St.
Petersburg-based LGBT organization. Another local LGBT group, the LGBT Network, is believed to be attending, though director Igor Kochetkov declined to comment to BuzzFeed, saying that he had been “asked not to say anything.”

Election monitoring group Golos is also believed to have been invited, though BuzzFeed could not reach its director or deputy director to confirm. Russia’s justice ministry forced Golos, which used to receive funding from USAID, to disband this summer under a law on “foreign agents” that many believed was created specifically to target the group.

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It is believed to be the first time Obama has met with members of the Russian LGBT community. Asked about Russia’s anti-LGBT law in August, Obama told Jay Leno that he had “no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them.


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He'll do anything to appeal to the people who've rightly abandoned him over the drone strikes. Sorry but nothing will make up for the amount of innocent civilians who've died thanks to the drones regardless of how honourable this is.

I'm sure the establishment Democrats will fawn over this while ignoring wire tapping, gitmo, drones etc.
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He'll do anything to appeal to the people who've rightly abandoned him over the drone strikes. Sorry but nothing will make up for the amount of innocent civilians who've died thanks to the drones regardless of how honourable this is.

I'm sure the establishment Democrats will fawn over this while ignoring wire tapping, gitmo, drones etc.
What has that got to do with LGBT rights?

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I do not understand why a US President would visit Russia and NOT meet the Russian President, whatever their differences. Why go to Russia? To totter around the Palace and view the sights?

And I am surprised he is getting a visa given his snub to Putin.

Not sure how it will look back in the US: President snubs President but meets a load of gays! Will that really endear him to middle America?

Seems a futile trip.
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What has that got to do with LGBT rights?
Nothing at all but if gay people are going to cheerlead Obama just because of this then it makes me sick when his actions have KILLED civilian men, women and children in Pakistan and Yemen in particular. They are much much much bigger issues in my opinion. But of course let every establishment democrat and alleged progressive tell us how wonderful Obama is just cause he likes gays.

Kill as many civilians as you want but as long as you support LGBT rights you get a pass apparently.

This President has show less respect to laws and the US constitution than even Bush and has been a complete and total failure but alleged "progressives" still support him because he picks easy issues like this to support.




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They can have a sodomy orgy together for all they want. Russia is a free country. Private life is private life.

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I do not understand why a US President would visit Russia and NOT meet the Russian President, whatever their differences. Why go to Russia? To totter around the Palace and view the sights?

And I am surprised he is getting a visa given his snub to Putin.

Not sure how it will look back in the US: President snubs President but meets a load of gays! Will that really endear him to middle America?

Seems a futile trip.
Won't hardly even register as news, snubbing the Russian President won't raise a single eye brow. As for "middle America" yeah they might not be fond of gays but they are the same ones who probably still hold negative views of Russia (post Cold War mentality) so it's a wash. The more progressive people who hold more positive views of the nation don't like their policies on gays so s snubbing the president will be viewed more favorably. It's not a risky move anyway u look at it, although I will admit its a tad bit surprising.

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In response to your rep I actually am gay but if you want to overlook how many deaths are on the hands of President Obama for your own faux-progressivism that is fine.
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I'm a fan of this. People like ys are too ludicrous to dignify with a response.
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