The Las Vegas Board of Supervisors approved a billboard this week depicting a woman in a bikini holding a sign that reads “Vegas, No More Pizzas.”
The sign has attracted criticism for its depiction of a bikini-clad woman holding a pizza, as well as its depiction that the sign’s creators said was “designed to offend” the transgender community.
Supervisor Mary Jane Kocher, a Republican, says the billboard violates a city ordinance that prohibits “any signs or displays, including but not limited to signs that depict nudity or sex acts, that are obscene, vulgar, offensive, or otherwise objectionable.”
The billboard has drawn criticism from the Transgender Law Center and several local businesses.
The Transgender Law Institute said the billboard “demonizes” the Transgender community and encourages people to “expect to be harassed, stalked, and attacked” by transgender people.
But the Board of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce said the sign was “a bold attempt to provide a safe environment for the transgender population, especially those living in the homeless community.”
The board is expected to vote next week on whether to reinstate the billboard.