MOSCOW (AP) — New Russian road safety regulations bar transsexuals, transvestites and others with sexual "disorders" from driving, ostensibly for medical reasons.
The government resolution, dated Dec. 29 and signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, lists numerous medical conditions, including "mental and behavioral disorders" defined by the World Health Organization, that the government believes disqualify a person for a driving license.
The WHO classification contains "gender identity disorders" such as transsexualism and "disorders of sexual preference," including fetishism and voyeurism.
Those barred from driving also include people who suffer from mood disorders, anxiety, depression, dementia and schizophrenia. Based on the WHO classifications referred to in the regulations, drug addicts and pathological gamblers also could be kept from getting behind the wheel.