There was once a time, long ago in the 1960s, when a guy or gal could be arrested on the spot for wearing 3 or more articles of cross-gendered clothing. A pair of panties, a wig, and some fake lashes could get you a night in the slammer, locked up with other persecuted innocents and unsavory characters alike. If the police raids on the gay bars didn’t kill you, there was a good chance that a night in jail would.
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by marielle on December 28, 2008
by marielle on November 8, 2008
Perhaps you’ve been wanting to break out your other half more often — at the super market or that new martini bar downtown — but have been nervous about what could happen if you have a run-in with some bigots or a police officer. Recently we spoke with Michael Silverman, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, who answered my questions about a range of dangerous cross-dressing scenarios — and what you can do to protect yourself.