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09-01-2015, 03:37 PM
Russia: Transgender driving ban
New Russian Regulation Says Transgender People Unfit to Drive

Quote:Transgender people may no longer be allowed to drive cars in Russia under new road safety regulations signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
A decree published on the government website earlier this month lists an array of health conditions that can disqualify someone from getting behind the wheel, among them "personality and behavioral disorders" listed in the World Health Organization's classification of diseases.
The sections in question — F60 to F69 — name transsexualism and transvestism, along with other "disorders of sexual preference," such as fetishism and voyeurism. "Disorders associated with sexual development and orientation" are also listed.
The new road safety rules are "aimed at reducing the death rate from traffic incidents" in the country, a government note accompanying the decree said. It did not specify how being genderqueer could limit a person's ability to drive safely.
The Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights lambasted the new rules as violations of the Russian Constitution, saying in an online statement that the decree deprives "all transgender people, bigender, asexuals, transvestites, cross-dressers [and] people who need a sex reassignment" of the right to drive.
The statement added that well-known singers and comedians such as Verka Serduchka and parodist Alexander Peskov, who are male but dress up as women for their performances, would be affected by the new regulations.
Yelena Masyuk, a member of the Presidential Human Rights Council, said in a statement Thursday that limiting an individuals's right to drive based on their gender identity or sexual preferences represents a "possible injustice."
It remained unclear whether Russia would enforce the restrictions for individuals deemed to have "sexual disorders."
The World Health Organization may itself remove the section on transgender individuals during a planned revision of its classification of diseases this year.
Amid international criticism for its listing of transgender identity as a "disorder," the WHO said in a statement that it will review its section on "sexual disorders" to account for recent "advances in health-related knowledge."
The organization will offer recommendations for an update to its disease classifications, which were last revised in 1990, during an annual conference scheduled for May.
Medvedev's decree also pronounced individuals with "psychiatric disorders," including schizophrenia, mental retardation and drug addiction, unfit to drive in Russia. Gambling addicts could also be barred from driving, based on the WHO classifications cited in the document.

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09-01-2015, 03:38 PM
RE: Russia: Transgender driving ban
It won't be long until this comes to the US too.

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09-01-2015, 03:57 PM
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^No

Quote:The statement added that well-known singers and comedians such as Verka Serduchka and parodist Alexander Peskov, who are male but dress up as women for their performances, would be affected by the new regulations.
They bring up a very good point. I know I personally don't care about any social causes until they start to affect my favorite celebrities. I'm sure everyone else would agree with that sentiment.

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09-01-2015, 03:57 PM
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I'll admit, though I'm all for freedom of choice in these matters (I don't give a damn if someone wants to be transgender, doesn't bother me), working in law enforcement it can be a pain in the ass dealing with relevant regulations designed to protect everyone's rights. Bringing a transgender person accused of domestic violence to a jail where they are allowed to choose to be housed with females, most of whom are victims of domestic violence and have a problem with anyone they perceive as a man, presents some serious hurdles that usually end in the transgender person being put in permanent segregation. So yeah, there are certainly relevant debates to be had about certain controversial issues like that.

But treating it as a psychological condition that affects one's ability to drive safely? I can't come up with any sort of rationality. It simply doesn't make sense.

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09-01-2015, 04:00 PM
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If you thought I though america was bad, I say at least america ain't russia.

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09-01-2015, 05:07 PM
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I wonder how many people are legitimately surprised by this?

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09-01-2015, 05:21 PM
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That is the stupidest fucking thing I've ever seen enacted into legislation, and not just for the banning of transgender people from driving, but just how broad a categorization of "personality disorder" is used.

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09-01-2015, 05:26 PM
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One would expect that special level of stupid from Pat Robertson.

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09-01-2015, 05:30 PM
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(09-01-2015 03:38 PM)diddo97 Wrote:  It won't be long until this comes to the US too.

Surely you can think up something WORSE to come from this.
What ?
You infected with optimism suddenly ?

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09-01-2015, 06:14 PM
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(09-01-2015 05:30 PM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  
(09-01-2015 03:38 PM)diddo97 Wrote:  It won't be long until this comes to the US too.

Surely you can think up something WORSE to come from this.
What ?
You infected with optimism suddenly ?

You think transgender people shouldn't be allowed to drive?

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