Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Russia’s “Trans Driving Ban” Doesn’t Really Target LGBT Community. It Actually Targets the Mentally Ill - The Daily Beast

So, lets recap...

The BBC prints a story that's doubleplusgood because it's anti-Putin or anti-Russia AND it fits the current narrative of the Ministries of Truth in both Washington DC and London. Except it's not really true, aka as an untruth, aka as a lie.

It gets promoted as major news on many important news sites, where it's promoted to the high heavens. Then the TRUE story comes out, and so do the crickets.

And to top it all, because of the insane promotion of this story because it meets all the important doubleplusgoodthink criteria, even though it's actually crude propaganda, real people end up getting hurt as a result. But small people must get hurt because lies and propaganda about Putin and Russia is the only thing that matters these days. Screw the small people. 


An overhyped government decree had much different problems than the ones originally reported, but Western media coverage has led to an anti-LGBT backlash within Russia
“Russian Government Bars Transgender People From Obtaining Drivers Licenses!”

Such were the headlines on prominent gay blogs, most linking to a BBC story to the same effect.

Trouble is, it isn’t true. And the media reporting, say activists, has made things worse.

“On 6 January the Russian government issued a decree that approved a list of medical conditions and diagnoses leading to full or partial limitation of the right to drive a vehicle,” emailed Anastasia Smirnova, former Project Manager of the Russian LGBT Network and now Programmes & Policy Officer at ILGA-Europe. (ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association, is a worldwide federation of LGBT organizations from 110 countries. Smirnova is also a participant in The Daily Beast’s recent Quorum: Global LGBT Voices program.)

However, Smirnova found, “Trans* people have not been purposefully targeted by the decree.”

In fact, the decree – Decree #1604, issued December 29, 2014 – included a list of diagnoses that may become grounds for revocation of a driving license. And that decree simply included a laundry list of diagnoses from the new ICD-10, the World Health Organization’s revised classification list for mental and physical diseases and disorders. The disorders included:

F00-F09: Mental disorders due to known physiological conditions

F20-29: Schizophrenia, schizotypal, delusional, and other non-mood psychotic disorders

F30-39: Mood [affective] disorders

F40-48: Anxiety, dissociative, stress-related, somatoform and other nonpsychotic mental disorders

F60-69: Disorders of adult personality and behavior

F70-79: Intellectual disabilities

Complete story at - Russia’s “Trans Driving Ban” Doesn’t Really Target LGBT Community. It Actually Targets the Mentally Ill - The Daily Beast

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