How will Russia’s tough new law affect trans people?

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07/25/2023

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new law that bans transgender people from changing their gender on ID documents or undergoing transition-related medical care such as surgery and hormone therapy. Campaigners have condemned the legislation, the latest rollback of LGBTQ+ rights in Russia, warning that it could fuel mental health problems among trans people and prompt some to turn to unregulated and potentially dangerous treatments. Here’s what you need to know.

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