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Mayes v Texas

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Richard Mayes, a transsexual (later Rachell Mayes), was arrested a dozen times in Houston for cross-dressing. The defense attempted to point out the vagueness of sex appropriate dress in a time when the dress habits in society had so greatly changed. The challenge was rejected by the Harris County court and the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal. Subsequently, eight transsexuals challenged the same law on the ground that cross-dressing was needed therapy for them.
"Mayes v. Texas, 416 U.S. 909 (1974) denying certiorari to County Criminal Court at Law No.4, Harris County, Texas. Only Justice Douglas voted to take certiorari. Texas defended the cross-dressing law as protecting the survival of the human race by banning "homosexual disquises," See "Supreme Court Upholds Drag Ban." Advocate, April 24, 1974, at 10."
Eskridge, William N., Jr. Gaylaw: Challenging the Apartheid of the Closet. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999

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