A transgender performer is suing the city of Chicago over its "sexist ordinance" that bans female nudity in bars.
Specifically, 23-year-old Bea Sullivan-Knoff is challenging the city's ordinance that prohibits female employees, patrons or entertainers of businesses with liquor licenses from exposing their breasts.
Sullivan-Knoff is a "queer, transgender woman and performance artist" who has a bachelor's degree in theater from Northwestern University. Her federal lawsuit filed Wednesday argues that the ordinance "reinforces archaic stereotypes and overbroad generalizations of the impropriety of women's breasts versus men's breasts."
The ordinance, according to the lawsuit, has prevented Sullivan-Knoff from "performing certain artistic pieces" and has caused her "emotional distress."
She is represented by attorneys at the Shiller Preyar Law Offices.
"In 2016 in a city as diverse as Chicago, there should not be an ordinance reflecting 19th century ideas about sex and gender," attorney Mary Grieb said in a statement. "Moreover, Ms. Sullivan-Knoff is a 23-year-old engaged in the very difficult task of making a living as a young performance artist, yet has been prevented from performing deeply personal pieces due to the City's transphobic and blatantly sexist ordinance that should be an embarrassment to a modern city in the 21st century."