Russia bans Trans people from driving
Russia Bans Trans People And Those With 'Disorders Of Sexual Preference' From Driving. Russian Health Ministry spokesman Oleg Salagai said the new restrictions will not affect transgender drivers, according to the Associated Press.
In comments carried by the Interfax news agency, Salagai is quoted as saying that the ban would only target people with psychological conditions whose "mental reactions ... make driving a vehicle a source of danger."
Russia has reportedly banned transgender people, as well as those who suffer from "disorders of sexual preference," from obtaining driver's licenses.
The BBC reports that the Russian government has released a legislative document which outlines a revised set of medical controls for drivers in an effort to cut down on the number of car accidents.
Although most of the provisions refer to physical impairments (such as blindness), "gender identity disorders" including "transsexualism” and “dual-role transvestism” are referenced in the document, as well as “sadomasochism" and “exhibitionism," according to BuzzFeed's J. Lester Feder and Susie Armitage.
Among those to decry the new regulations was Shawn Gaylord of Human Rights First, who noted that "banning people from driving based on their gender identity or expression is ridiculous and just another example of the Russian regime’s methodical rollback of basic human rights for its citizens.”
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