By Art Gallagher
If a pre-op transgender person with boobs and male parts goes topless in public, is that person violating anti-nudity ordinances?
I’d ask Congressman Frank Pallone, but he couldn’t tell me if a woman with all the parts she was born with should have the right to go topless wherever a man does when I caught up with him three years ago. Since then, the president of the GoTopless movement has publicly chastised the congressman and he runs the other way whenever he sees me.
GoTopless Day was founded in 2007 by Maitreya Rael, spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement whose adamant support of gender equality inspired the creation of movement: “Muslims are criticized for forcing their women to wear a burqa or a niqab but it is the exact same sexist mindset that forces Western women to wear a top in public”. He adds that hypocritical politicians are quick to support gender equal rights but under no circumstances would they advocate for gender topless equality!”. Rael is obviously referring to Pallone here.
Raelians believe that all life on earth was created by advanced scientists from another planet. This information was revealed to Rael during a UFO encounter in 1973.
There are no federal laws against people with boobs going topless. There is no state law against it in New Jersey either. New Jersey has a law that empowers local municipalities to enforce their anti-nudity ordinances on state owned land, so don’t assume you are not at risk of being fined or jailed if you have boobs and go topless in a state park or office building.
In Monmouth County, only go topless in Spring Lake if you’re willing to be fined $800 or spend two weeks in the Monmouth County Correctional Facility. In Belmar, you can do anything you want if you give Mayor Matt Doherty $2500 for his Freeholder campaign.
If you want to support the movement, there is a topless parade in New York City on Sunday, where it has been legal for women to go topless since 1992.