This shit will never die:
An Elk Grove Village gay bar popular with cross-dressers now requires them to show a valid photo ID that matches their "gender presentation." Put another way, they now need a photo ID that shows them in drag.
Hunters Nightclub reluctantly imposed its new ID requirement because cross-dressing prostitutes were advertising on Craigslist and mentioning the establishment, said manager Peter Landorf.
"They're implying they're coming here," said Landorf, whose new rule could cut down on his cross-dressing clientele. "If it is prostitution in any form, that could cost me my liquor license."
Under the new admission rule, cross-dressers must have a government-issued photo ID that looks like the person presenting it at the bar. That, of course, is a serious hurdle for people like Andy, a "part-time transgender woman" who lives in Goshen, Ind., but goes to Chicago to "dress" as Jeanette.
There's just so much wrong with this idea.
First, not every trans person, nor every person who's gender expression doesn't match their ID, is a prostitute. Not by a long-shot.
Second, there are prostitutes who have ID that matches their gender expression. More commonly known as "enterprising young gentlemen," these people have been in gay bars forever and this rule isn't going to stop them.
Third, a person who's CD or someone who occasionally likes a little drag probably has a valid reason for not going down to the DMV dressed as the opposite gender that'll appear on their license. It might hurt job prospects, family relations, and other participation in the community as their birth gender. One would think a queer hang-out would respect the fact that some of its clientele is in the closet and would like to stay there.
Fourth, the fact that the bar owner is so afraid that he could lose his liquor license for the behavior of his clients, for the consensual, adult behavior of his clients, is deplorable. Who's going after this guy? Who wants to see Hunters close down? I wouldn't be surprised if, like every major city in America, there's a group of "concerned citizens" trying to shut down any place that seems like fun.
Fifth, I don't know how Illinois is set up when it comes to full-time transgender and non- or pre-op transsexual people getting new ID that reflects their gender identity, but I'm going to guess that there's a time period where someone who's transsexual would have to spend living as their intended gender before they can get the M or F changed. It's easy to imagine how a policy like this, which is supposed to be about the photo, could become about the M or F.
Last, but not least, we shouldn't be complicit in our oppression. Queers gender policing other queers? Seriously? Get off it. A gay bar is supposed to be where we let down our guard and relax a bit when it comes to playing it straight.
There's got to be a better way for this bar to stay open.