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Russia Wants to Ban Transgender People Changing Gender on Passport

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Newsweek removing transgender people's ability to update their passports and paperwork will be "a very difficult and traumatic experience" for that population.The move comes just months after Russian President Vladimir Putin tightened the restrictions under his so-called "gay propaganda" law which prevents the positive representation of the LGBTQ+ community in mass media.

The law, which was first introduced in 2013 and revised in December also prohibits speaking to children about anything related to transgender matters.Russian Federation Minister of Justice, Konstantin Chuychenko, today announced the move to prohibit transgender people from updating their gender markers on official documentation, including passports, as a means to "fix family values.""Now, first of all, we are talking about legislatively excluding the possibility of changing sex in the passport and other documents.

The permissibility of changing sex was enshrined in Russian law back in 1997. At that time, various international organizations, including the World Health Organization, set the tone in the formation of certain norms," ​​Chuychenko told Russian news outlet TASS on Monday.The minister explained that since 2018, transgender people in Russia have been permitted to update the gender markers on documentation without undergoing gender affirmation surgery, which is a range of medical procedures that allow a person to make changes to their body to better align with their gender identity.In order to be officially recognized as transgender in Russia, a person needs a medical note from a sexologist, psychologist and a psychiatrist, the latter of which diagnoses the patient with "transsexualism."Once that diagnosis is received, the person is then issued.

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