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Woman Battles City For Cross-Dress Bar

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Janet Law just wants a space for Wyandotte, Michigan’s cross-dressers. City officials, however, are putting the breaks on the former race car driver’s plans, which leads Law to believe they’re breaking the, well, law. Of course officials say otherwise:

[Lawmakers insist] she lacks parking to accommodate customers. She and her lawyer say officials have ulterior motives and will make a final appeal Wednesday to the Zoning Board of Appeals before filing suit.

In a standoff that’s caught the attention of advocates in the transgender community, Law’s lawyer, Guy Conti, says Wyandotte is violating her constitutional rights because the 1,400-square-foot club otherwise meets zoning rules.

Wyandotte Mayor James DeSana declined comment. “I’m not trying to be smart-alecky,” he said. “I just don’t want to discuss Janet Law.”

DeSana also says that if Law’s sure of discrimination, then she should sue.

Law currently has 26 parking spots. The city says she needs at least 119, even though her private club only allows 78. Wyandotte, Michigan only has about 30,000 citizens. How many of those do you think are cross-dressers?

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Jan 11, 2008
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  • 3 Comments
    • Paul in DC
      Paul in DC

      Michigan has almost 10 million residents, not 30,000. I love this blog, but the factual errors are ridiculous in almost every story! Really, do you ever read what you write before posting it?

      Jan 11, 2008 at 10:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Paul in DC
      Paul in DC

      Whoops. Take it back. Wyandotte, Michigan. Yep. Sorry.

      Jan 11, 2008 at 10:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • StillLiT
      StillLiT

      How sad is it that this city felt the need to triple the number of required parking spaces after the petition for the club? Sometimes I feel lucky enough to be in a very advanced society, technologically speaking, but then the narrow minded bigots rear their outdated heads and remind me that not everyone has evolved.

      Jan 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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