Campaigners hope to persuade Catholic leader at today's talks to publicly express his views on homosexual rights Gay rights activists will urge Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun to bring the issue of homosexual rights into the public arena when they meet him today. In preparation for their two-hour talks with the head of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong, gay groups met last Wednesday for a second time to decide what topics they would raise during the historic meeting. At the preparation session, Rainbow Action - one of the groups that disrupted a Sunday Mass three weeks ago to protest against the Vatican's stance against same-sex marriages - decided they would ask Bishop Zen to discuss the issue of homosexual rights publicly. The group had invited the bishop to attend a forum on same-sex marriage, but he instead invited them to a private meeting without the presence of the media. 'Within a private meeting, Bishop Zen can talk very open-mindedly and show his support to us. But we don't want him to just reassure us in private and then go against us in public when the Catholic Church makes a statement against homosexuality,' said Yeo Wai-wai, a member of the group. Bishop Zen has agreed that comments at the meeting can be published later. But Ms Yeo said this would not be enough as it would not be a public statement. Although 21 gay rights groups were invited to the meeting, only 14 groups will be sending representatives. Frontier legislator Cyd Ho Sau-lan, who will be the mediator at the meeting, said: 'Some groups do not want to be exposed to the public and this shows the discrimination in the community against [the gay and lesbian communities].' The two hours allowed to the gay rights groups to express their opinions and to question Bishop Zen will be allocated equally among the groups. 'One of the main objectives is to establish a continuous dialogue,' Ms Ho said. 'But two hours is definitely not enough to establish a good understanding.' Gay rights advocate Chung To, of the Chi Heng Foundation, said he was optimistic about the talks. 'The fact that [Bishop Zen] is willing to meet us is already a big step forward. I believe there is a lot of misunderstanding on both sides,' he said. 'Initiating a meeting means an increase in the level of communication in future. I hope this meeting will allow our perspectives to be better understood by Catholic groups.' Roddy Shaw Kwok-wah, of Civil Rights for Sexual Diversities, was not sure if anyone from his group would be available to attend the talks said it would provide a good chance for both sides to voice their concerns and develop mutual understanding. 'I don't believe Bishop Zen will strongly voice [his opinions] according to the Vatican position as he has always led the Catholic Church in fighting against social injustice,' he said. 'We would like to hear from the bishop about his thoughts on the situation in Hong Kong, where same-sex couples are not protected by the law in any way.'