Russia makes transgender driving a criminal offense

Jan 10, 2015
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Russia’s notorious roads, where crashes are frequent and payments to corrupt transport police can seldom be avoided, will not have to deal with what the Kremlin views as a new and “dangerous” threat:  transgender and transsexual drivers.

In another sign of Moscow’s  intolerance of the LGBT community, the government has launched the ban that will, apparently, reduce road traffic accidents. For in Russia, transsexualism and transgenderism are now listed along with fetishism and voyeurism as examples of “mental disorders” that can make someone “unfit” to drive.


The new road safety rules, signed by the Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, have been published on the government’s official website. The government says the number of road accidents in the country justifies tightening medical controls on drivers, but fails to show how sexual orientation is connected to driving ability.

“Psychiatric disorders” including schizophrenia and drug addiction are also included in the new ban, prompting medical experts to warn that those suffering from mental health issues may be discouraged from seeking help for fear of being banned from driving.

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