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Anti Nudity Laws, Topless Laws and Public Nudity Ordinances

Read articles about laws and ordinances on public nudity, public lewdness, being topless in public, and where nudism is legal or illegal. You can also learn about new legislation being proposed in U.S. cities or states regarding public nudity.

Below you can read some of our articles about anti nudity laws as well as other blogs related to legal issues:

New Clothing Optional Nude Beaches in Florida

Call To Action: Sign These Petitions and Help Establish Two New Clothing-Optional Nude Beaches in Florida With its ideal climate, over 1,000 miles of coastline and a huge tourism industry, you would think Florida State would have a lot more official clothing-optional beaches than it currently does. Not only is its environment conducive to nudism, but Florida law expressly states that public nudity is legal “in any place provided or set apart for that purpose.” Florida case law has established that nudity becomes a crime when it involves “lascivious” behavior, and simple nudity is not a violation. But Florida has ... Read more

NEF 2015 Poll: Most Americans Approve of Nude Sunbathing; Not Offended By Nudity

Naturist Education Foundation’s 2015 Poll Gets Americans’ Take On Nudism, Nudity and Nude Sunbathing The Naturist Education Foundation (NEF) commissioned a U.S. opinion poll in 2015 to gauge Americans’ views on naturism and public nonsexual nudity and nude sunbathing. Bob Morton, executive director of NAC (Naturist Action Committee) has published a full report of the results on the NEF website. These nationwide polls were started in 1983 by Lee Baxandall, founder of The Naturist Society. The first poll was conducted by Gallup and there were only 3 questions (the same questions as #1, #2 and #10 in the latest poll). ... Read more

Lawsuit Challenging Ocean City’s Topfree Ordinance Filed in Federal Court

Civil Rights Complaint Filed Against Ocean City For Topfree Ordinance On January 16, I, along with Chelsea Covington and three other women filed a civil rights complaint against Ocean City, Maryland for its ordinance banning topfreedom for women. We are represented by civil rights attorney Devon M. Jacob. If you follow my blog or topfree news, you may remember that Ocean City passed their “emergency ordinance” last June after the media alerted everyone to the fact that there was no existing law against topfreedom. Not only was there no local ordinance, but the state of Maryland doesn’t have any existing ... Read more

Everything That’s Wrong With Maryland Attorney General’s “Advice Letter” on Topless Laws

Maryland Attorney General Supports Discriminatory Topless Laws But This Is Not Over On June 14, the Maryland Attorney General’s Office (OAG) issued a “letter of advice” about women’s topfreedom in Maryland. It came out just a few days after the town of Ocean City, MD passed an “emergency” ordinance that outlawed women from going topfree in public. This letter arrives 10 months after the OAG had received the request for an opinion on this subject. And still, they say this is not their “official opinion.” As Chelsea Covington, the activist at the forefront of the battle for women’s topfreedom rights ... Read more

Ocean City Passes Emergency Law Against Topfreedom For Women

Ocean City Deems Topfreedom “Unpalatable” and Unsuitable For Families Updates since this article was published:  In June of 2017, the Maryland Attorney General’s Office came out with their “unofficial” opinion on the topfreedom issue, and it wasn’t good. Read the follow-up blog. January 2018: Chelsea Covington, Felicity and three other women filed a civil rights complaint against Ocean City for its discriminatory topless ordinance. Last week, news came out that topfreedom was allowed, or more precisely, not outlawed, for women at Ocean City beach in Maryland. This was after three women were recently seen sunbathing topfree, and word got out ... Read more

Chelsea Covington Topless / Topfreedom Activist Across the Northeastern USA

Interview With Chelsea, Topfreedom Activist & Author of the “Breasts Are Healthy” Blog Update 2018: Since this interview was published, I have joined Chelsea and three other women in filing a civil rights complaint against Ocean City, Maryland for their discriminatory topfree ordinance that went into effect last year. I will continue to post major updates to this site as the case progresses. To learn more about Chelsea and her activism, read on to our interview below! Topfreedom is technically legal for women in most U.S. states and in many big cities. This is often due to the absence of any written ... Read more

Topless Laws and Topfreedom in New York State

NY Laws On Topfreedom, False Arrests and Topfree Equality in NYC Like many U.S. anti-nudity laws, New York’s “Exposure of a person” law — Penal Code 245.01 — includes the female nipple when describing body parts that aren’t allowed to be shown / exposed in public. (With the exception of public breastfeeding.) HOWEVER, this part of the law was nullified in 1992 by the NY Court of Appeals ruling in People v. Santorelli. Ever since then, it has been legal for women to go topless in public wherever men can. Topfree Equality in New York (Photo in Central Park, NYC) ... Read more