Vladimir Putin Sparks Outrage After Signing Law That Bans Gender Change In Russia

Written by on July 25, 2023

In a move that has sparked outrage and concern among the people of Russia, their President, Vladimir Putin, has signed a law banning gender changes in the country. This law, which was passed by the Russian lower house of parliament, not only prohibits individuals from legally or medically changing their gender on official identity documents but also includes provisions to ban transgender people from adopting or fostering children and annul their marriages if one of the couples changes gender. This latest crackdown on LGBTQ+ rights under President Putin is expected to become law and has raised fears of a black market for hormones and an increase in suicide attempts among young people. It is part of a current disturbing trend of rollbacks on LGBTQ+ rights in Russia.

On social media, people have been left outraged, saying Putin was denying individuals the right to express their true gender identity and forcing them to live as someone they are not. By prohibiting gender changes on official documents, the law effectively erases transgender individuals from society, denying them access to basic rights and services. Moreover, people say that the provisions that ban transgender people from adopting or fostering children and annul their marriages further marginalize an already vulnerable community.

The implications of this law go beyond just legal and administrative consequences. Doctors and rights advocates have warned that the ban may lead to a rise in a black market for hormones, as transgender individuals seek alternative ways to obtain the necessary medical interventions. This can have serious health risks, as individuals may resort to unsafe practices in their desperation to affirm their gender identity. Additionally, the law’s impact on mental health cannot be overlooked. The denial of the right to transition can have devastating effects on transgender individuals, potentially leading to increased rates of depression, anxiety, and even suicide attempts, particularly among young people who are already more susceptible to mental health challenges.



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