Russia Imposes Ban on Transgender Medical Procedures, Gender Changes on Documents, and Trans People Adoptions

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed new restrictions into law on Monday that dramatically clamp down on transgender individuals inside his country.

The new federal law bans transgender surgeries, transgender hormone therapy, and the use of puberty blockers by transgender individuals, according to the Russian government.

“The only exception to this rule will be medical interventions related to the treatment of congenital physiological abnormalities (defects), as well as genetic and endocrine diseases caused by structural disorders of the reproductive tract in children,” Putin’s office said in a statement. “Such interventions will be allowed in accordance with decisions made by medical commissions of medical organizations within the jurisdiction of the Russian Healthcare Ministry.”

The new law annuls any marriage if a spouse changes their gender, and those who change their gender are automatically “excluded from those who have the right to be adoptive parents, and they cannot be appointed guardians or trustees.”

The 70-year-old president has long fought against transgender ideology, comparing them in 2021 to COVID-19.