In a move that has sparked outrage among LGBTQ+ activists, Russia has passed a law banning nearly all medical help for transgender people, including gender reassignment surgery. The Russian State Duma, or lower house of parliament, voted in favor of the new law on Friday, July 14, 2023.
The bill prohibits doctors from conducting gender reassignment surgeries, except in cases related to treating congenital physiological anomalies in children. It also restricts registry offices from amending official documents based on medical certificates of gender change.
This is part of a series of new anti-LGBTQ laws in Russia. Activists have condemned the move, calling it a violation of human rights and an attack on the transgender community.
The situation for LGBTQ+ people in Russia has been a topic of much debate and discussion in recent years. Some people believe that the new law is necessary to protect traditional values and the institution of the family, while others see it as a violation of human rights and an attack on the transgender community.
Opinions on this issue are divided, with some people supporting the new law and others calling for greater acceptance and inclusion of LGBTQ+ individuals in society. It remains to be seen what impact this new law will have on the transgender community in Russia, but it is clear that this is a complex and contentious issue that will continue to be discussed and debated in the coming days and weeks.