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City Council to consider updates to breastfeeding and topless ordinance

The City of Fort Collins will consider updates to public nudity laws at the next city council meeting on Oct. 20, which could allow women to go topless in public.

Under the current ordinance, women may not be topless from the waist up in public, including those who are nursing a child. The updates city council is considering are twofold: one option would allow all women to go topless in public in the city, while the other would allow an explicit exception to public nudity laws for women who are breastfeeding.


The city invites the public to share their thoughts on the updates and why they should or should not be passed on their website for public nudity laws.

Brandon Snavely, a Fort Collins resident, brought up his family concerns with the proposed updates at the Oct. 6 city council meeting.

“Changing the public nudity ordinance to allow women to be topless in public would actually take away the choice of these families and children on whether or not they want to be exposed to public nudity,” Snavely said.

In 2010, Boulder enacted updates to its public nudity code that allowed women to be topless in the city. Earlier this year, topless activists walked down Pearl Street to advocate for topless rights as part of the Free the Nipple campaign.

Collegian City Beat Reporter Erik Petrovich can be reached at or on Twitter @EAPetrovich.

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    taxpayer22Oct 11, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Women in Moslems areas like Saudi Arabia can not legally drive a car, vote, travel, etc. according to Islamic Sharia law .

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    Lauren TruslowOct 9, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    There is literally no legitimate or logical reason why women should not be able to be topless wherever Men can be topless, so in a restaurant or most establishments = no, for health reasons. At the beach or their yard etc. = yes. As far as nursing a child, that shouldn’t be a debate. There is no reason outside of the sexual meaning people have permanatley ascribed to breasts that women should not be allowed to be topless when a man can be, nursing is not sexual being at the beach is not sexual. Hands and mouths can be sexual but only when engaging in sex acts, breasts are not a sex organ and are only sexual when being used in that manner. It is about time that breasts were normal and women weren’t sent the message that it is only acceptable to be exposed if being used for sex or male entertainment. It may be a bit jolting to those of us who did not grow up this way but subsequent generations will see this as the norm, it won’t be scandalous and women subsequently will be less of a sex object and on more equal footing. Men have breasts and nipples, some of them large some of them small as do women, no reason whatsoever aside from discrimination because of societal views on breasts being inherently sexual that we should not have equal rights in this regard.