This week, President Obama will be attending the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he'll meet with world leaders and see Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time in person since snubbing him last month. To Putin's chagrin, Obama will also be meeting with Russian gay groups for the first time since Putin signed the country's onerous anti-gay measures into law. The G20 Summit begins on Thursday.
Obama's meeting with Russian gay advocacy groups is not going to go over well with Putin. We won't be at the meeting, but we hope Obama's takeaways include the following:
Kids Can't Talk About Their Gay Parents
The gay propaganda law is vague and broad. And because of that, it's largely subjective and gives authorities an open field if they want to punish people. Here's what that law actually looks like (translated by Policy Mic):
Propaganda is the act of distributing information among minors that 1) is aimed at the creating nontraditional sexual attitudes, 2) makes nontraditional sexual relations attractive, 3) equates the social value of traditional and nontraditional sexual relations, or 4) creates an interest in nontraditional sexual relations.
For gay people and their allies, the law's vagueness makes life acutely difficult, since words like "attractive" and "interest" are purely subjective and can mean anything ranging from telling minors gay people exist to talking about how there are actually good gay people in the world (some of whom — gasp! — were Russian).