Around the Scene: Oct. 1, 2009

A popular alternative nightclub in a Chicago suburb is addressing an interesting challenge after instituting a policy that requires cross-dressers to provide a valid photo ID that matches their “gender presentation” for that evening. In other words, if you are dressed in drag, you have to show a government-issued ID that shows you in drag. The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois says Hunters Nightclub might be unwittingly discriminating against cross-dressers by creating a special burden that singles out its cross-dressing clientele. The manager of Hunters, Peter Landorf, argues that he is attempting to protect his liquor license from cross-dressing prostitutes who were posting ads on Craigslist saying they would be at the venue and “available.” Landorf and his staff are working on alternative solutions.

Dallas party-goers are looking forward to a ‘Vegas-style’ hotspot coined Thrive that will open its doors on Friday, Oct. 2 with a performance by Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones. The venue reportedly sports a custom-designed sound system, impressive lighting set-up and a glass-enclosed circular bar surrounded by 360 degrees of video. Other pseudo-celebrities expected at the opening include a laundry list of reality television contestants from MTV’s "Paris Hilton’s My New BFF" and VH1’s "Daisy of Love."

Officials in the Australian city of Surfers Paradise are debating a radical plan that would limit the number of nightclubs allowed to operate within the area in hopes of improving a family-friendly image meant to lure tourists to its idyllic shores. In a report presented to the city council, they would approve less nightclub development in favor of venues that focus on family-orientated entertainment.

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