A questionable “crossdressing” section of Fort Lauderdale’s public indecency ordinance has been removed.

The ordinance included wearing clothing of the opposite sex to “facilitate the commission of a crime or offense.” Transgender advocates were concerned that a transgender person could fall under this.

“Wearing clothing of any gender is not a criminal act. The language in the ordinance is dangerous because it could be read as conflating wearing clothing of the ‘opposite sex’ with criminal intent,” Matt Wood, a staff attorney for the Transgender Law Center, told SFGN last May.

Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Dean Trantalis, who is openly gay, brought the issue up with the city manager and the section of the ordinance was removed in September 2014, four months later. The revised ordinance passed 5-0.

 

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