John M. Becker

Russia Backs Away from Trans Driving Ban

Filed By John M. Becker | January 15, 2015 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: driving, driving ban, driving while trans, Russia, Russian anti-LGBT laws

map_of_russia.jpegTransgender Russians will not be forced to give up their driving privileges after all, Reuters reports:

Russian officials have given transgender citizens, many of whom have felt increasingly persecuted by the state in recent years, the green light to keep on driving after a new road safety decree sparked panic that they would be banned from the road.

The decree, a legal amendment which includes a list of symptoms from the World Health Organization's international classification of diseases, lists trans sexuality among the medical conditions that could prevent a person from driving.

But a government official said that a mental or behavioral disorder in itself was not a reason to stop someone driving.

The law would affect only those suffering from chronic and prolonged mental disorders with severe or persistent symptoms, Health Ministry spokesman Oleg Salagai told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

This description applies to less than one percent of patients in the category 'disorders of adult personality and behavior', under which trans sexuality is classified in the current WHO system, Salagai said.

A member of the Russian LGBT Network told Reuters that with this clarification, the new road safety policy was very unlikely to be used against transgender Russians.

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