Russia Bans Transgender People From Driving

Getting your driver's license in Russia just got a lot more complicated thanks to a law signed just before the start of the new year. It targets those with various medical issues that might make it unwise for them to drive, and in that list it includes those with "disorders of sexual preference," which means the LGBT community. If you suffer from disorders identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) such as transexulaism, dual-role transvestism or the desire to live and be accepted as a member of the opposite sex, then you will not be getting a Russian driver's license. So, members of the LGBT community will not be driving legally in Russia. RELATED: See Photos of the Russian Lada Xray Concept All these disorders are lumped in with things like sado-masochism, fetishism, voyeurism, and exhibitionism, as making you unfit to be behind the wheel of a vehicle. Which — with such a broad definition — could actually include a huge portion of the population. According to the BBC, they're taking these steps to help decrease the high number of traffic accidents on Russian roads. Obviously, human rights activists were quick to condemn the law and call for its immediate repeal. Not only do they take issue with it hindering people's freedoms, but they are concerned this may prevent those who need actual medical help from seeking out care over fears of losing their driver's licenses. Just when you thought Russia couldn't get any more ignorant... RELATED: See Photos of the 1978 Lada Niva Photo Credit: AP ________________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide