In Russia, deputies pass a law against transgender people

Russian MPs adopted a law on Friday prohibiting gender transitions and banning in particular the adoption of children by transgender people. “This decision protects our citizens, our children”, assured on Telegram Vyacheslav Volodin, the president of the lower house of Parliament (Duma), while the modifications to the civil status, the surgical operations and the hormonal treatments had become accessible. in Russia after the fall of the USSR.

Since the attack in Ukraine, the authorities have multiplied conservative measures, in particular against LGBT +, saying they want to eliminate behavior that they consider deviant and imported from the West. The Russian security services (FSB) even arrested a transgender activist on Thursday accused of “high treason” for the benefit of Ukraine. He faces life imprisonment.

“It is unacceptable for us”

To justify this bill, Vyacheslav Volodin assured Friday that surgical operations for gender reassignment had exploded in the United States over the past ten years. “What a monstrous trend! It is a path that leads to the degeneration of a nation. This is unacceptable to us. »

The bill passed its third and final reading. It must now be validated by the upper house of parliament, the Council of the Federation, and then signed by President Vladimir Putin to enter into force, two steps that are usually mere formalities.

Medical exceptions, on the decision of a special commission, will be possible in the event of “congenital anomalies” in children or genetic or endocrine diseases, specifies the Duma.

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