A recent Russian decree has upped the ante on the country's war against LGBT citizens. Titled "On Road Safety" and signed into law by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on December 29, the new provisions provide a list of conditions for which the government can ban people from driving on it's roadways.
Included under the wide-ranging order is a bar against those with "gender identity disorders, disorders of sexual preference and psychological and behavioral disorders associated with sexual development and orientation" classified under the World Health Organization's list of illnesses known as the ICD-10.
This list encompasses "disorders" such as "transsexualism" and "dual-role transvestism," alongside "pedophilia" and "exhibitionism." However, it's worth noting the ICD-10 does not recognize homosexuality as a disorder of sexual preference.
Russia's head of the Professional Drivers Union, Alexander Kotov, supported the new law despite it's apparent discrimination.
"We have too many deaths on the road," Kotov said. "I believe toughening medical requirements for applicants is fully justified."
The Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights has condemned the decree, cautioning that it "demonstrates bias against certain individuals and groups of citizens, as well as significantly restricting the rights and freedoms of citizens as a whole."
The group also cautions citizens to remain vigilant with their private information, advising "if police get the information about your sexual preferences… people may lose their driver's license."
The driving ban comes on the heels of Russia's 2013 prohibition against "homosexual propaganda," which has caused major acts such as Lady Gaga, Madonna and Selena Gomez to alter tour plans in the country.