Martinsville ordinance likely to change to accommodate drag show interest

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MARTINSVILLE (WSLS10) - The city of Martinsville is trying to clear up some confusion regarding cross dressing in the city.

The confusion comes from wording that was added to the masquerading and disguise ordinance back in the 1970s.

A business owner now has a conflict with that wording, so the city is considering making a change.

Currently, in Martinsville you can't wear a costume or disguise to hide your gender - but thanks to a city council candidate and a willing city council, that's likely about to change.

"Apparently," said Martinsville City Attorney Eric Monday, "what had come up was some folks were interested in possibly having a drag show in Martinsville. I personally don't have a Facebook page, but I understand that it generated quite a lot of comment on Facebook."

The wording in question has been in place for decades.

"We had a local cross dresser who always commented the mayor's wife on her outfits and she didn't like that," Monday explained.

But the city ordinance includes language from the state ordinance prohibiting people from wearing masks and hoods in public and that will not change.

"That's an old anti-Ku Klux Klan Ordinance," said Monday.

A timeline for removing the wording has not been set.