Russia proposes exam rooms to treat homosexuality

BuzzFeed reports:

Emblem of the Russian Ministry of Health (Image courtesy of Wikipedia)
Emblem of the Russian Ministry of Health (Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

The Russian Ministry of Health is proposing new regulations that would mandate the creation of dedicated exam rooms throughout the country for the treatment of what it calls “non-traditional sexual relationships,” including homosexuality and pedophilia.

The recommendations are part of a package of amendments to rules that govern care for “mental and behavioral disorders” published last week on a government website where the ministry will take public feedback before putting the regulations into effect. The draft would require “sexology exam rooms” in psychiatric hospitals and primary care clinics where clinicians would counsel “patients with conditions related to gender identification problems… sexual disharmonies and deviations.” They would also be able to diagnose and treat “sexual deviations among children and youth” and “consult youth about their sexual education and knowledge of gender.” …

The regulations specify that the sexology exam rooms must be equipped with “at least one dildo.” Though it is unclear why dildos were asked to be placed in the exam rooms, the Russian Society of Psychiatrists has in the past discussed using them to treat women who experience pain during intercourse.

The draft rules were published on Feb. 19, the same day the Russian legislature voted down a proposal that would have punished LGBT people who publicly come out. It is the first anti-LGBT proposal to be considered by the full parliament since passage of the so-called “gay propaganda law” passed in 2013.

In response to this news, Jamaican LGBTI activist Maurice Tomlinson makes the obvious point about homosexuality that many Russian officials somehow cannot understand: “We aren’t sick. We don’t need treatment.”

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]

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  1. They didn’t vote it down allowing people to practice homisexuality in pubic because they opposed it. Vladimir himself said he would be ok with it himself. The reason it was voted down was because of the people who brought the bill forward. The people who brought it forward had made the bill sound unprofessional and childish so he said maybe if someone else proposes it in more clear mature writing, etc.

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