Evanston City Council asks another committee to review topless ordinance

EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) — Evanston’s beaches are closed until next summer, but the city council is considering an ordinance that would allow women to go topless within the city limits.

The plan was for Evanston City Council to debate the proposal on Tuesday. But Ald. Devon Reid (8th) said the proposal had been sent to the Equity and Empowerment Committee for consideration – as there were fears it would exclude the transgender community.

The Equity and Empowerment Committee will then meet on Thursday 15 September.

Reid proposed a change to the suburban nudity ordinance to allow anyone to be topless, regardless of gender. This would apply to all beaches, parks and city streets.

The current ordinance does not allow the exposure of female breasts. Reid said it violates the Illinois constitution, which prohibits discrimination based on sex.

The current ban on nudity also comes with a $75 fine and possible misdemeanor charge.


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