Monday , 3 October 2022

Going Topless Is Legal In These U.S. States & Canadian Provinces (+132K Views)

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Going topless for both men and women has come a long way over the lasttoples-150x150 83 years but still has much further to go as the map of the U.S. below illustrates.

By Lorimer Wilson, editor of

Going topless for both men and women has come a long way over the last 83 years but still has much further to go:

  • It was not until 1936 that it became legal for men to bare their chests in the U.S. and
  • 56 years later it became legal for women to do so as well – in some states.  New York state legalized it in 1992 and so too did the province of Ontario (Canada) in 1996. (Specific details as to when such laws were enacted in other U.S. states and Canadian provinces have not been specifically identified.)

Many municipalities within the states and provinces where such toplessness is legal have ordinances, however, that prevent such a liberal dress code in public places such as parks, beaches, etc. under the guise of “disorderly conduct” or “public lewdness” related to their “nude” display. While most of these ordinances are likely illegal themselves, they continue to be enforced and will continue to be so until they are challenged in a court of law.

International Go Topless Day (August 25th) is deliberately time pegged to Women’s Equality Day (August 26th) which was designated by the U.S. Congress in 1971 to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women’s suffrage back in 1920 (and presumably because International Women’s Day, March 8th, would yield colder weather). This past August Go Topless Day was hosted by 49 cities in the U.S. and Canada up from 30 in 2012. Other organizations promoting the right of women to go topless just like men are, in addition to, the Topfree Equal Rights Association ( and

The graphic and edited comments below are compliments of

“U.S. Topless Laws [legal in Canadian provinces of Ontario & British Columbia]

USA Topless Law Map

The green colored states are those where “top freedom” is in effect. The orange colored ones have ambiguous state laws on the matter. The red colored ones are the ones where the mere showing of the female breast in public is illegal according to state law.

Though the majority of states are top free, some cities in those states have passed (unconstitutional) ordinances that annul the state’s top free statute.

How can I find out if my city is topless? Simply google the city name and its municipal code and key in the word “nudity”. Do the same for the county where the city is located to be sure. Consult with an attorney.

Can I be arrested for going topless in a topless city? Even if a top free law is firmly in effect, the police can still arrest you under the pretense of “disorderly conduct”. Don’t be intimidated! You can sue the city back for wrongful arrest (if your only crime was to go topless). That is what Phoenix Feeley did in NYC in 2005 (you can read her story in our news section).”

According to Wikipedia:

“Clothing laws vary considerably around the world. In general, in most countries, there are no laws which prescribe what clothing is required to be worn. However, the community standards of clothing are set indirectly by way of prosecution of those who wear something that is not socially approved. Those people who wear insufficient clothing can be prosecuted in many countries under various offences termed indecent exposure, public indecency or other descriptions. Generally, these offences do not themselves define what is and what is not acceptable clothing to constitute the offence, and leave it to a judge to determine in each case.

Most clothing laws concern which parts of the body must not be exposed to view; there are exceptions. Some countries have strict clothing laws, such as in Islamic countries. Other countries are more tolerant of non-conventional attire and are relaxed about nudity. Many countries have different laws and customs for men and women, what may be allowed or perceived often varies by gender. Cross-dressing is in some areas specifically illegal, especially a man wearing women’s clothing.

Separate laws are usually in place to regulate obscenity, which includes certain depictions of people in various states of undress, and child pornography, which may include similar photographs of children.

In some countries non-sexual toplessness or nudity is not illegal. However, private or public establishments can establish a dress code which requires visitors to wear prescribed clothing.”

Note: This article is intended to be informative, not sensationalist, as the Go Topless Movement is seen by many as nothing less than that of creating further equality between the sexes. You will find information here that is not common knowledge. In doing my research I found, in fact, that not much information on the specifics of the legality of toplessness by country, states, provinces and regions is readily available. If you are aware of additional pertinent data please provide it in the Comments section below.

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  1. Maria Regina McDermott

    On the 4th the July weekend this year I received a citation to appear in court after baring my breast where there were only few adults near by. This happened in Lake Havessu, Arizona. I hired a lawyer to handle my case and guide me with the legal matters but he has approached me as I’m a criminal. I hold a professional nursing licensed which is federally monitored and once they become notified my privileges to practice will be on the line.
    I’m facing the possibility of being charged with indecent exposure which will place me on the same category as a child molester. I’m absolutely devasted and shocked on how unfairly women are being treated in most states. I’m a human being,my body should not be looked at as a sexual object,.
    Thank you for reading

  2. Utah should be on this list now…

  3. Good job writing them in this blog article
    King regards,
    Demir Hessellund

  4. I’m a nudist living in New Brunswick, it is very difficult to find some place in nature to be free from clothing due to the hot summer heat, of course I’m not going to walk around town nude but more places should be accepting to those who prefer naturism at the beach or park, even just having a section where nudity is accepted. The same rights should apply to women as it does for men when it comes to choosing to go topless.

  5. Honestly like half of the comments on here make me think of some middle aged woman who get pissed off when getting catcalled but will catcall any guy who they find attractive…
    Sorry it’s just like…*sigh*

    And yes I get that rape is a worry but the thing is is that society is shit and it’s going to happen no matter what. it’s really sad and I hate it but let’s face it, people suck.
    It doesn’t help that breasts are sexualized. If they weren’t maybe it would happen as much? (I mean idk I can’t see into alternate dimensions)

    Let me just say this:
    Everyone’s got titties and everyone’s got pecks so what’s the difference in girls being topless and guys being topless?

    • “It doesn’t help that breasts are sexualized.”
      This is it right here. People justify rape in countries where women in any sort of revealing clothing are sexualized. Where does it end? Full burkhas? Men have to be responsible for themselves and society needs to quit fetishizing everything related to women.

  6. Reading this comments on this site will make you lose your faith in humanity. But seeing a topfree lady walking around outside will restore it. Enjoy!

  7. I am a full time nudest. I was born in Florida but grew up in France. My mom and dad worked for the us government. We live in a nudist community. Mom and dad let me go nude 24/7. When I was about 12 we move back to the us. During the warmer months. When I came home from school the first thing I did was strip off my clothes. Mom and daddy never knew it’s. Early morning I would sneak out of our house like 1:00 to 3:00 am and walk up and down the street nude. It turn me on. I got my girl friend to join me. We were lucky we didn’t get caught or seen.

  8. This should have happened along time ago and should have never been waited on if people are that scared and ashamed to let others see them then that’s really bad because we all are born the same way We all have the same body parts both Male and Female so what is there to be ashamed of if a guy wants to look at you let Him look He’s just enjoy that you look good just like would Him to so what is the problem with all of this I don’t seam to have a problem with it if you do then keep getting dressed just like you do know

  9. Well, we give thank to almighty God Who have sphare our live to witness the era in which Americans will parade themselves as animals on the street. Kudos to Africans and their humanity.

  10. Abomination to God! This nation will face the wrath of God! Liberals are of the devil.

    • I can say without a doubt that the devil is having a field day with the way things are going in this country. It all goes back to when Hollywood became a part of the scene. They have been slowly working on our morals and values and undermining family values for decades. What we need to do is get rid of Hollywood and return to serving GOD. If you want to find out how to get in touch with GOD read the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

    • Sorry but religion and state are completely separate. Your statements are invalid in regards to law.

    • Are you serious lady? Its scientifically proven that naturalists who enjoy being nude in nature releases endorphins as well as create self confidence/expression, peace & harmony since we weren’t born with clothes. Europe is a country of primarily bible reading folks. Even statues, portraits, & stained glass windows of nudity is looked at as a beautiful artistic expressions. We shouldn’t be ashamed of our bodies & be persecuted for being natural. Too many people see the body as sexualized. Hello, we all have bodies to be able to have sex & reproduce. Being nude or not shouldn’t make a difference, that’s why lingerie for people partaking in sex is a multibillion dollar industry. So does that mean that covering up doesn’t stop people from being sexual or sexualized? Maybe read some other books so you can enlighten yourself & whomever else is close minded to say disrespectful things & judging others morals, values, & ethics. Last time I read the bible or most holy scriptures, it states that only God can judge. Last time I checked the bible or any holy scripture that I’ve read, I’ve never seen the name Chrissy or Pkelley. Judgemental is a negative behavioral trait & there’s actually a spot in hell for sinners w/negative characteristics embedded into their insides & spewing out energetically to others biomagnetic fields since energy never dies. Those negative characteristics are effecting your aura, so I’d see an energy worker if I were you. Let’s also put clothes on animals then since you want to be critical because I’ve heard of people having sex with them. But let’s not take it that far since I don’t want to participate in ignorance. But ignorance is bliss, but I wonder how happy ignorant people actually are?

  11. How can anyone say this will not harm our children?when bodies become nude, it stires up people’s desire to have sex, and there are people in this world who cannot control that desire, therefore we have people who rape other people, and even children, child porn does exist does it not. Human trafficking does exist does it not. Well if you get a population of people exsposing a part of the body that enticed men and that leads to sex. Then will not the cause cases of rape to rise, or child porn to rise, and sexual assaults against women and children to rise, or human trafficking? You cant tell me men will not be aroused by this. And more sex in this day and age means more assaults, more pregnancies, teen pregnancies, more abortions, STDs, more rapes, ect . How does this not put our children at risk? It puts them at grave risk. This act will change the entire dynamics of our country on so many levels. I know I may not be explaining this perfectly but hopefully you get the idea of what I’m saying. Only bad and more bad will come of this. America has become a nation I am no longer proud of. Corruption continues without thought of consequences. And those women who are raising there voice to support this matter will in the end be silenced. Cause women will lose there voice when testosterone rises and women are seen as sexual objects only.

    • I love how you write “entices men” as though they are the only sexually charged people on this planet. Or the only sexual abusers. You speak of sex trafficking, child porn and sexual assaults against “woman”. You DO know these crimes happen to men and those who commit them are also WOMAN.

    • Tammy. I really, REALLY like short-shorts on women, and to see their ankles. About time we force women to wear pants, ALL THE TIME! Would hate for dudes to get turned on by the sight on ankles. So, as you have so artfully stated – since men can’t control themselves – ALL women should wear burkas, all the time. Good call. Lets do it.

    • Read my comment to Ms. Chrissy above. Rapist don’t go searching for nude people to rape. I’ve never heard of a rape at a nude beach which I’m a proud participant. In the most catholic countries it is legal to be nude. Men like mystery & undress women with their eyes anyways. Complete nudity is really not a turn on, which is why as I stated lingerie is multibillion dollar industry when people could just be nude in the bedroom. Plenty of nudists raise their children right & live in peaceful communities with actually very little corruption. Have you ever spoke to any nudists or read any scientific studies on the health benefits? I’m sure your answer will be a no. Don’t knock it until you try it is a popular expression. Educate yourself to see what is right for you & what is right for your child. Live a little. I’ve had bathing suits that left Mark’s in my skin from having to be on tight enough to go in the water, then when people do, those people are drenched (not so refreshing hmm?), then the tan lines (I know some that find it as a turn on or like me as a turn off. Move to an islamic country then where you can get killed for breast feeding in public or if you get your shirt ripped because it gets caught in something & God forbid a nipple pops out. The bullets will really fire out of those puppies killing everyone. Nudity brings peace & after being a nudist & seeing everyone else nude, then how would it be a big deal to see a naked body or how much attention would a clothed outsider promote? Let’s just take it another step forward & ban any police investigation of doing their jobs to see an exposed body to find evidence of what occurred. There are sickos that have sex with dead bodies right? Let’s not be ridiculous.

  12. the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down topless ban in a Fort Collins, Colorado. The court’s decision makes it legal for women to go topless in states that fall under the 10th Circuit.

    Those states are Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.

  13. There will have to be many more jails to house all the sex offenders. There will be so many assaults on women. This will be very problematic in public places. If you want to be an exhibition go to places where it is ok to do so and not in a public domain.

    • I disagree I think there is truth in for a time men will be aroused by the reveals of full nudity but after seeing this as a regular thing it will become less exiting and as far as the rape gose stab him shoot him mace him it is up to you to protect yourself and nude or not all straight men get arosed by a beautiful woman give yourself the tools you need to provide and protect you and yours

  14. I would just like to voice my opinion on this so at least I know I’m trying.
    I am 27 years old I am a average good looking women.
    But I’m highly against women going around topless.
    I have a 7 year old son an I would like him to be my little boy for as long as I can. I dont need him seeing half naked women just jumping around like it’s ok.

    Also the world already has so many pedophiles look up news every single day for even 1 month an look at how many articles you ate going to come across.

    Why are we encouraging people to do this.

    The society sure has changed an if more young people dont start sticking up for what they know is right an what they have been taught then we are going to end up very bad.

    Never forget the old days an the rules our parents passed on to us.

    • I understand what you’re saying when it comes to your son, but do you have the same opinion about him seeing another guy topless? Would you have the same reaction if it was your daughter seeing a topless guy around?

      We encourage people to do this because its not very fair. That’s it really.
      You said that young people should stick up for what they know is right, I know my opinion isn’t much but I think that fighting for gender equality is right.

      You also said “and what they have been taught,” well not everything that were taught is right. I was taught that if I did something wrong as a child then I would get hit, I don’t know about you but I don’t think that that’s right and I would never hit a child.
      As for never forgetting the old days and what out parents passes on to us, again not everything they passed to us is right.

      I can understand why you don’t think that this is right, but have you never thought to yourself “Hey it’s really hot out today, I wish I could take my shirt off like the guys can?”

      I hope nobody takes this as rude, I know I’m probably doing a really bad job but I’m just trying to help.

      • just remember all that you have said here when you wake up in a roadside ditch, with the rest of your clothes gone! If you are lucky! Thank you for spreading more filth in the world. Even nature has their clothes on!

        • Thanks for that, uh….lovely reply.

          Also just saying that nature does not have their clothes on since if your talking about, say, a dog, their fur is not considered clothing.
          it’s pretty much the same as human hair.

          Same goes for a bird or a lizard or any other living thing. They are not wearing anything equivalent to clothing, it’s just what they were born with.

      • Wow, it’s hot out there today! Think i’ll go down to the local topless bar and have a cold beer. Thanks for the idea!

      • I agree / the epitome of hypocrisy is how males can go topless yet females cannot.

        There is no reason they should be sexualized – as long as this is continued they always will be “sexualized” which is absolutely disgusting in my opinion- they are there strictly for the feeding of a little newborn baby- nothing more. They are not genitalia!

        Either way, the fact is : make it against the law for males going topless, or make it not against the law for both genders .

        What about a heavyset man who happens to have extra heaviness in his chest area? I hate to write words like “fat” and I dislike the phrase “man boobs” but I cannot figure out a better way to say it ?

        There are SO MANY men who simply happen to be heavyset, and topless shows the area where thennipples are , are round and protruding, exactly like a female breast , as far as looks goes.

        Please forgive me for speaking in a way that sounds body shaming towards men and I do not mean to make them feel bad. Nobody deserves to be made to feel shame because of their image. I just needed to use this as an example.

        It’s all because the society has SEXUALIZED a female chest, yet why can’t a male chest be SEXUALIZED?? Basically it’s just so damn unequal that it makes my blood boil.

        And no, nobody wants to go to the damn grocery store topless and all that- it’s more the concept of it. If a person is hot when it’s 100 degrees outside and they have to do yard work or something, either both genders keep their nipple area covered, or neither is legally required to.

        But I realize there’s a lot of religious and closed minded people on here talking or the devil and sin and such; I fully have no right to discredit a person’s religion or any beliefs . I respect that there will be many many differing opinions than mine. I have no right to declare my beliefs are correct, and another person’s are not correct.

        Therefore, I feel like the mentioning of a person’s religion is of course acceptable just as any other opinion – but it cannot be THE ONE AND ONLY by default. It can be so for the person saying it; but it’s impossible for it to be the only “correct” opinion. There is not really any correct opinion.

        Equality is my opinion.

        • Honestly for me it would just be nice to be able to go for a walk in hot weather and not have to be over heating wearing something that covers my chest.

          If people don’t like the idea of a girl going topless then make it so guys can’t either. If I gotta suffer then so does everyone else.

          And since I doubt that guys are going to be told to start covering up again, it’s just seems easier to allow girls to do the same.

        • Thanks Chelsea. I agree with your standpoint. You explain it in a considerate manner and well thought since you also explain the appropriate time and place where women don’t necessarily need to cover their breast. You even respect other people’s belief as well. I think that female breast shouldn’t be sexualised but appreciate the beauty just like male’s chest.

    • It was once illegal for men to go topless, and I’m assuming you are fine with your children seeing topless men. It makes no sense that we have sexualized the female body to the point that we demand they cover themselves or be punished.

    • They do not want there children to see nude people .But it is OK for them to play games on the computer where they are shooting and killing people. So what is the best for children to see nude people or shooting people? What is more natural?

    • How do you keep your 7 yr old boy from seeing men topless? If women were topless and many are these days Children pay no mind to it till another women stuck in the 50’s make an issue over something they wouldn’t pay any attention to. And Larry is right let the kids shoot and kill people, and get killed, why worry they have several lives on the games. I had 4 sisters growing up and never gave it a thought when I’d see one naked or getting dressed. We could only wish that women being topless was our only concern.

  15. Sexuality is a part of being human. We can both free the nipple and be sexually attracted to it, one process does not cancel the other. Don’t let society’s governing bodies effect the constructs of an open mind. #woke.

  16. Lorimer- Just so you know, I am currently topless.


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  18. Its high time that women be allowed to be totally topless if they wish ! After a short time it would become nothing unusual and accepted like men who go shirtless. Most foreign countries think Americans are silly when it comes to our nudity laws. Nearly all of the female breast can be shown except for the nipple and this obstacle should be torn down and allow women the same freedom as men ! Marilyn

    • The difference is that women dont experience erections when looking at topless men, it’s not a sexual turn on, but it IS for men when looking at exposed breasts on women and young girls. Common sense 101. So stop pushing your over the top feminist BS on the rest of the human race who still manage to hold to a sense of decency and who still care for the little ones.

      • Women do get turned on my topless men. They CANNOT express an erection. That doesn’t mean it effects them any different.

      • Men experience erections whether or not topless women are in view. Deal with it like a man and stop trying to blame women and control how they dress. Your body is your responsibility. You even try to insinuate that exposed breasts are somehow harmful to children! Good grief, how utterly ridiculous. If breasts weren’t child-safe, the human race couldn’t exist.

      • This is hilarious . Like, wow. Who are you to state blanket statements like that? And this is blaming someone else for erections?

        And I believe males get erections without seeing topless females… and this has not caused the average, normal brained male to loose all control and go off the deep end ..

    • Dyani, now all men gets erections of female breast…that was a bias statement.

    • Sure thing! I mean, after all, it’s not like topless men ever cause women to lust, so why shouldn’t my 14 year old who’s going through puberty and dealing with all that goes along with that, get to see women everywhere hanging out free? Makes perfect sense.

      Maybe better yet we just go back to a better time when everyone was expected to cover up!

  19. I think I’m crying. It’s that admirable.

  20. State-based comparisons, whether of car-crash death rates or radiation sickness or other phenomena, assist greatly in testing such hypotheses as advanced by Mr. Smith. For example, from other sources of data, can we correlate state laws RE “top freedom” and the reach and influence of the “religious reich”? This project goes forward if we can develop some valid measures of the “reach” and the “influence” of the “religious reich”! Should Mr. Smith and I succeed — I’m all for testing this, being an avid fan of OBSERVATIONAL STUDIES, also called EPIDEMIOLOGIC RESEARCH, most appropriate for the phenomenon of interest here (either a sight to behold or a disease rampant among the US population of women — I would test the hypothesis that the “religious reich” in Indiana, Tennessee, and Utah have much greater “reach” and “influence” than do the “religious reich” in other states, both colored orange and green. Though we have barely scratched the surface, having gone only skin deep to date, we may well reveal the Truth of this matter sooner than later.

  21. The laws pertaining to nudity and sexuality are all forced upon us by the religious reich. That’s because any totalitarian organization, social, religious or political knows they must first control your sex life. After you permit them to tell you when, how, and with whom to have sex, controlling the rest is easy.

    Not permitting nudity is nothing more than an extension of that control.

    Most of the problems of the world have been caused by religion. Think of the crusades, the inquisition, the dark ages, the witch burnings, the restrictions on learning, free speech, instilling guilt and shame into children, and the wars fought in the name of religion.

    More recently, think of family planning clinic bombings, oppression of gays and non-believers, murders of doctors and homosexuals, imposition of religious beliefs by force of law, and illegal use of public funds to promote particular religions.

    Mankind will never truly be free until the black yoke of religion is lifted by the clear light of truth and rational thinking.

    • I love this comment. As a mother of four, and a wombyn who practices freedom and consciousness, Thank you, I agree!

    • Time to come down off the edge😳

    • Europeans are likely laughing their asses off at us prudish provincial Americans. Let’s take Germany, or Austria, or Finland, or any number of countries that could be classified as “polite, civilized society”. Is everyone free to sunbathe in a public park topless or covered? Of course. Do they have clothing optional swimming pools? Of course. Do they ever take sauna with clothes on? Certainly not. Steam room? Of course not. Take it from me, 5 minutes in a European sauna will take most sexual thoughts right out of your mind. Ten minutes and all self-embarrassment or being uncomfortable around other unclothed humans disappears. It’s all in your head. Revealing clothing is far, far more titillating.

      Would you like to compare rape statistics per 100,000 citizens between the prudish US and the logical, (and I’d say more enlightened) Germans? 3-4 : 1. Being nude, seeing nude, experiencing freedom from clothing absolutely does not create hordes of sex-crazed rapists.

      “Nudity is not vulgar, else we were not born nude.”