Russia gay activists invited to meet Obama at G-20 summit

Gay rights activists shout slogans during a rally in St.Petersburg, Russia, June 29, 2013. AP

MOSCOW Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists say they have been invited to meet with President Obama on the sidelines of this week's Group of 20 summit in Russia.

Obama and his administration have voiced concern over a law recently passed by Russia's parliament that targets "homosexual propaganda."

Igor Kochetkov of LGBT Network told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his organization has been invited to meet with Obama in St. Petersburg on Thursday and that it will attend.

The St. Petersburg-based advocacy group Coming Out said it also was invited but hasn't decided yet whether to go.

The White House would not comment on the meeting, but Obama has frequently met with civil society groups when traveling abroad.

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