TGEU, ILGA-Europe, and TLDP have submitted comments in the case Savinovskikh v Russia before the European Court of Human Rights. The case concerns a Russian trans man whose two foster children were removed from his home on account of his gender identity and transition.
The commenters addressed the following issues:
- Section I presents information about transgender parenthood and research that dispels some of the flagrantly incorrect myths and preconceptions that surround it;
- Section II describes broader international trends which contextualise the justifications invoked at the national level for restricting the applicant’s rights: historically, States have sought to restrict transgender parenthood and interfere with family relationships, based on heteronormative and transphobic assumptions and depathologisation of trans identities; and
- Section III examines national and international legal developments on the right to legal gender recognition, protection against discrimination based on gender identity, and protection of non-discrimination in relation to parenthood.