Drag queen billboard impounded

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com July 10 2001 12:00 AM ET

In a move to publicize its dance CD Dancing Queens, record label Medalist Entertainment hired a truck to drive around Manhattan displaying a billboard featuring drag queen Angel Sheridan. According to the New York Post, a bicycle cop in Chelsea had the truck impounded under a little-used statute that declares a vehicle cannot be used for purposes of commercial advertising. Medalist paid the fine and retrieved the truck but also consulted Fordham University constitutional law scholar George Cochran on the issue. Cochran stated, “It’s outrageous. It’s an old statute that’s not relevant to anything these days. It’s basically unconstitutional.” David Brinker, a spokesman for the record label, mused, “I guess the cop just didn’t like drag queens.”