Sunday, 13 July 2008

Italian state uses mental illness to disguise homophobia...

Now this story is one of the best illustrations as to why the mental illness classification of transsexual or transgender people must be legally removed on a global basis though we must start here in England.

It is now over 30 years since homosexuality was removed from the list of mental illnesses but if organised religion has it’s way it would be returned to the list of mental illnesses.

It is important to note that if this man (or the Italian state) had declared himself to be transgender or transsexual then the blatant state discrimination would be legal.

Being transgender or transsexual is also a fundamental human right and deserves the same protection from discrimination as homosexuality. This cannot be achieved whilst a bunch of American Caucasian heterosexual males decide what does or doesn’t constitute a mental illness.

An Italian court has ordered the government to pay 100,000 euros (£79,919) to a man who had to retake his driving test because he was gay.

Danilo Giuffrida, now 26, told doctors he was homosexual during a medical examination for military service.

The information was passed to the defence and transport ministries.

Mr Giuffrida was told to repeat his driving test or have his licence suspended because of his "sexual identity disturbance".

Mr Giuffrida passed his test for the second time but his licence was renewed for just one year rather than the usual 10 years because of his homosexuality.

A court in Catania, Sicily, ordered the ministries to pay damages on the basis that Mr Giuffrida's constitutional rights had been breached and that homosexuality could not be considered a "mental illness".

The judge said the actions of the ministries showed "evident sexual discrimination".

Mr Giuffrida welcomed the sentence as "a step forwards for civil rights."

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