Putin: Changing Children's Gender Is a 'Crime Against Humanity'
Russian president slams 'woke' push to give kids sex change treatments
Russian President Vladimir Putin has slammed the ongoing push from the "woke" Left to interfere with children's biology by giving them life-altering sex-change treatments.
Russia's leader blasted efforts to change the gender of kids as a "crime against humanity."
He made the comments during a speech at the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi on Thursday.
Putin argued that the move to eliminate gender-based language, teaching children that biological sex does not exist, is subverting human nature.
“The discussion about the rights of men and women has turned into a total phantasmagoria in a number of Western countries,” Putin said.
He warned that such crimes against humanity are being done under the banners of progress, all while destroying family values.
"Those who risk saying that men and women still exist, and that this is a biological fact, are virtually ostracized," Putin said.
A crime against humanity done under the banners of progress - Putin on family values pic.twitter.com/Sm7BjdoZxT— RT (@RT_com) October 21, 2021
According to a translation by RT, Putin listed examples, such as banning words like “mother” and “father” in favor of terms like “parent one and parent two”, as well as “banning the phrase ‘breast milk’ and replacing it with ‘human milk’ so that people insecure about their own gender wouldn’t get upset.”
"And this is not new,” the Russian president went on.
"In the 1920s, Soviet culture-warriors invented a so-called ‘newspeak,’ believing that in this way they would create a new sense of consciousness and redefine people’s values.”
"This is not to mention things that are simply monstrous,” he added.
"Like when children are taught from an early age that a boy can easily become a girl and vice versa.
"In fact, they are indoctrinating them into the alleged choices that are supposedly available to everyone – removing parents from the equation and forcing the child to make decisions that can ruin their lives.
"This is borderlinecrimes against humanity – all under the guise of ‘progress.’"
In 2019, Putin insisted that Russia maintains “a very relaxed attitude towards the LGBT community,” saying, “We aren’t biased against them.”
However, he added, “let’s give children an opportunity to grow up and decide afterward who they want to be.
"Leave them alone.”
The country introduced a law in 2013 banning the “promotion of non-traditional sexual values among minors” as part of a bill designed to safeguard family values.
While it was criticized by a number of international human rights groups at the time, Putin said the measures were important for protecting children.
"I don’t care about a person’s orientation, and I myself know some people who are gay,” he added back then.
"We are on friendly terms.
"I’m not prejudiced in any way."