In a December 29th decree, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev states that people "with disorders of sexual preference" are banned from driving in the country.
Identifying as gay, transgender or transsexual is considered one of the many "'mental disorders' now barring people from driving," according to the BBC. Fetishism, exhibitionism and voyeurism are also included, as are amputees and those under 4-foot-11-inches.
This move further suppresses Russia's LGBT population, forcing people to remain closeted for fear of losing mobility.
The wide-ranging law was signed just before Russia's government recessed for the New Year Orthodox Christmas holiday. It is the latest in a number of legislative measures to isolate LGBT people, shoring up rising homophobic and nationalist rhetoric that has benefited President Vladimir Putin.
Medvedev's "On Road Safety" decree claims "the decisions are aimed at reducing deaths from road traffic accidents," but does not cite specific evidence. This comes on the heels of Russia's government announcing it will slash vodka prices by 16% in February, in a country where one-quarter of men die before 55 due to alcohol consumption.
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