Three women who went topless at Weirs Beach in Laconia are challenging the city ordinance prohibiting public nudity and taking it to the NH supreme court which is expected to hear the case Feb. 1.
The state high court is expected to hear the case that could settle the debate over whether women should be allowed to go topless in New Hampshire. In 2016 three women were hanging out (literally) topless in Laconia at Weirs Beach. One was doing yoga and the other two were catching some rays. A few beachgoers complained so police asked them to cover up and when they refused, they were arrested.
Heidi Lilley, Kia Sinclair and Ginger Pierro are challenging an ordinance in the city of Laconia prohibiting public nudity. The women argue there’s no state law forbidding female toplessness and call the case gender-based discrimination because men don’t have to cover their nipples. Town ordinance supporters say it’s for the protection of children and families.
The women appealed to the state supreme court after a district court judge rejected their request to dismiss the case. They’re hoping the state’s high court will find a local rule against going shirtless in public unconstitutional.