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Park Ridge discards 83-year-old drag ban
News posted Oct. 6, 2011
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times

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After 83 years, residents of Park Ridge can legally dress in drag.

The Northwest suburb removed its cross-dressing ban from the books on Oct. 3, an antique law left sitting in the city ordinance since 1928.

"It's just one of those archaic things that never got changed," said City Clerk Betty Henneman.

The cross-dressing ban is one a handful of antiquated and unenforced conduct laws the Park Ridge City Council tossed out in re-writing the city ordinance. Another included a law against swearing in public.

The ban appears to be a relic of a time when LGBT people were policed and arrested for "cross-dressing." The Park Ridge law was likely one of the last few of its kind left.

Chicago's cross-dressing law was removed in 1978 by the City Council after years of court dispute.

Henneman said that her office had fielded several calls after word got out that the law had been swept from the books. Most called, she said, because they thought the profanity and cross-dressing laws were amusing.

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