I stumbled across a news article about Russian President Vladimir Putin and how he allegedly referred to transgender people as “transformers”. While he went on to say he doesn’t understand what it is, I couldn’t help but find the humor in his mistaken wording.
Putin went head to head with award-winning musician Elton John over LGBTI issues at the recent G20 summit.
He made the gaffe when he responded to John’s criticism of Russia’s appalling LGBTI rights record.
‘They’ve thought up six or five genders – transformers, trans… I don’t even understand what it is myself,’ he said at a press conference at the summit.
‘They need to stop violently imposing their point of view on others.’
So the country’s leading advocacy organization, the Russian LGBT Network, decided to educate Putin and his United Party members.
The Network sent a range of informative brochures to the party offices. It also sent them to Alexander Yakubovsky, a member of the General Council of United Russia.