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Driving While Queer?

I’ve officially heard of just about everything now. Apparently, in Italy, being gay can screw with your driver’s license.

An Italian court has ordered the government to pay 100,000 euros ($157,700) 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”.

I can’t think at the moment of any stereotypes about gay drivers. So I’ll just guess that the Italian defense ministry thinks you have to be straight to drive straight. (Or, “gaily forward,” as we sometimes say….)

2 Comments

  1. So I’ll just guess that the Italian defense ministry thinks you have to be straight to drive straight.

    Wait, wait… there are straight streets in italy?! I thought italy was famous for their twisty and winding streets through the country sides, no?

    Gosh, I hate to think if I live in Italy, would I ever be able to obtain a driver’s license? If you go with stereotypes — I’m asian and gay — they probably won’t even allow me to walker’s license. 😛

  2. How long do you think it will take the Italian government to pay him!?
    As for driving in Italia – straight or not, you have to be brave…

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