An anti-LGBT proposal was defeated in Russia, and a mother tries to block her 17-year-old son’s transition in Canada.

A bill that would have blocked transgender people from legally changing genders and would have banned same-sex marriage and adoption, has been withdrawn, at least for now, The Moscow Times reported.

The bill was co-authored by Federation Council member Yelena Mizulina, who also helped pass a law banning “gay propaganda” in 2013, according to The Moscow Times.

“Both bills are being withdrawn in order to find a version that all interested parties will accept, if possible,” The Moscow Times reported one of the co-authors saying.

The State Duma Committee on Family, Women and Children is named as the responsible committee for the bill designed to “strengthen the institution of the family,” according to the State Duma website.

State Duma deputy Oksana Pushkina commented on the bill, saying that the amendments regarding transgender people are contrary to the Russian Constitution, the news website reported.

Even so discrimination against transgender people is still common in Russia. Transgender people in Russia are currently classified as mentally ill and are also not allowed to drive, The Moscow Times reported.


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A transgender 17-year-old is currently in court in Canada, fighting for the right to undergo a double mastectomy, Reuters reported.

The teen’s mother sued the doctors involved with the surgery after the teen began hormone therapy in July, Reuters reported. The suite came in the week of Nov. 2, when the 17-year old was set to receive surgery.

A judge stopped the transition with a temporary injunction which expires on Nov. 27, Reuters reported. The mother is able to apply for an extension after this date.

Minors, defined as children under 19 years of age, are able to consent to medical treatment on their own under British Columbia’s Infants Act, according to the British Columbia HealthlinkBC website.

However, the treatments can only be authorized if “the health care provider is sure that the treatment is in the child’s best interest, and that the child understands the details of the treatment, including risks and benefits,” the website said.

In a previous ruling in January, the British Columbia Court of Appeal determined that a father could not bar hormone treatments from his 15-year-old, Reuters reported.