Letting women go topless in Fort Collins: City council says 'No'

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Fort Collins City Council voted to maintain policy the way it is; women will not be allowed to go topless in public.

Members unanimously voted "no" on the proposal at a meeting Tuesday.

"The people have spoken, loud and clear. This does not promote gender equality,” Wade Troxell, mayor of Ft. Collins, said.

If approved, Fort Collins' public nudity ordinance would have allowed both women and men to be topless in public.

Most people spoke out against the idea in the meeting. One opponent said, “I believe that the exposure of breasts, to enhance respect and opportunity, will not only miss the mark, but will interrupt and abruptly break momentum toward gender parity."

Two new exceptions were approved: for girls 10 and under and for breastfeeding mothers.

The idea came after protests over the summer organized by Brittiany Hoagland.

Hoagland said she doesn't know if she would go topless if the ordinance is changed, and that her fight is strictly about gender equality. She spoke at the meeting to opponents, saying, "A hundred years ago, you would have felt that exact same way about women’s ankles."

Fort Collins created an online poll for residents to give feedback to council members on the issue. In that survey, 60 percent of the respondents said the city should keep the ordinance the same.

MORE | 60 percent of online voters say women shouldn't go topless

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