In Russia, it may be forbidden to change the sex in the passport and other documents as one of the steps to “fix family values”. This was stated in an interview with TASS by the Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation Konstantin Chuichenko.
He clarified that from 2018 to 2022, more than 2,700 cases of gender reassignment were registered in the country, of which about 190 marriages were registered after gender reassignment.
According to him, it is necessary to legally exclude the possibility of changing the sex in the passport and other documents. The permissibility of changing sex in the passport was enshrined in the Russian Federation back in 1997, then international organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), "set the tone" in the formation of norms, Chuichenko emphasized.
Now one of the grounds for making corrections or changes in the passport, according to the minister, is a certificate of gender change issued by a medical organization. Surgical interventions for gender reassignment are not provided for in the passport.
“A person who has changed sex in the passport, but remains physiologically the same, can marry, adopt children. Questions also arise, at what age can such a person who has changed sex on paper retire? Or, if he breaks the law, to which correctional institution should he be sent? We have not just legal collisions related to the issue of gender reassignment, but, above all, inconsistency with current conceptual documents and constitutional priorities.”
Lawyer Maxim Olenichev, who works with LGBT persons, explained in a conversation with The Insider that the criterion for LGBT “propaganda” in Russia is “the formation of a positive image of people who are in non-traditional sexual relationships.” However, this provision is not found either in the RF Code of Administrative Offenses (Article 6.21, Article 6.21.2), or in other laws. At the same time, the courts have already accepted such an explanation, considering cases of “gay propaganda”.
The Insider did a detailed analysis of the "LGBT Propaganda" law, which can be read here .