Russian lawmakers unanimously passed a bill on Friday to ban gender-affirming surgical procedures for transgender individuals within the nation. The Chairman of the Russian State Duma Viacheslav Volodin announced the invoice’s passage on his Telegram channel, claiming the invoice will shield Russian residents and kids.
The invoice prohibits surgical procedure and hormone remedy for transgender people in addition to any gender modifications on official Russian documentation. The invoice additionally applies retroactively, barring any Russians who’ve already transitioned from adopting kids. The invoice additionally annuls transgender people’ marriages.
The one exceptions to the invoice’s wide-reaching language apply in circumstances of medical interventions for congenital anomalies or kids born intersex.
Chatting with the Associated Press forward of the invoice’s last studying, Govt Director of Russia’s Unbiased Psychiatric Affiliation Lyubov Vinogradova mentioned gender-affirming procedures “shouldn’t be banned fully, as a result of there are individuals for whom it’s the solely strategy to … to exist usually and discover peace with themselves.”
The regulation’s passage via the Russian Duma displays theescalating persecution of LGBTQ+ individuals inside the nation, regardless of international pressure to reverse course. In December, Russia enacted a sweeping law banning “LGBT propaganda,” together with any and all constructive shows of LGBT relationships and life for all age teams. In April, Russian authorities arrested two males and charged them with violating the regulation as a result of the 2 launched movies to YouTube and TikTok the place they are often seen touching.
The regulation additionally displays a worldwide rise within the persecution of transgender and LGBTQ+ individuals, together with broad restrictions on gender-affirming care within the US and lawselsewhere, which criminalize LGBTQ+ individuals fully.
The invoice now goes to Russian President Vladimir Putin for last approval, at which period the regulation will come into impact.
Source / Picture: jurist.org
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