“To promote equality for all:” Nantucket allows all genders to be topless on beaches

A photo posted to Instagram by ByFede, a jewelry store in Nantucket.

A Massachusetts town is set to allow toplessness on beaches after the state Attorney General approved the measure.

Nantucket will be allowing women to go topless on their beaches in the name of equality, following approval from AG Maura Healey.

The determination will amend the town’s Protection of Coastal Areas and Open Spaces bylaws to add: “In order to promote equality for all persons, any person shall be allowed to go topless on any public or private beach within the Town of Nantucket.”

Previously, only men could go topless in public, while women faced steep penalties of up to three years in prison or a $300 fine.

According to Boston.com, Nantucket residents voted to amend the “Gender Equality on Beaches” bylaw (Article 71), and the AG signed off on the measure.

“We discern no conflict between the vote and the Constitution or laws of the Commonwealth,” the attorney general’s office wrote.

The amendment only applies to beaches, not the town itself.

“I’m not saying that everybody has to be topless,” said Dorothy Stover, who introduced the measure. “I want to support the love of the body.”

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