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Nipple equality is the new civil rights cause for activists fighting beach gender bias

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Nipple equality is the new civil rights cause for activists fighting beach gender bias

WATCH  | Some hear the plea for topless rights at Venice Beach and think of lewd acts or a spectacle. Melissa Diner, who introduced the now-approved topless resolution there, says they're missing the point.

As she told Circa's Stephanie Abrams, this is a fight against gender bias in Los Angeles.

The Venice Neighborhood Council supports women being afforded the same rights as men to sunbathe topless on the sands of Venice Beach.
Venice Neighborhood Council Resolution

When the Venice Neighborhood Council declared that topless sunbathing should be allowed, it cited the beach was designed around the European culture of Venice and that it historically allowed nude bathing.

Still, the Los Angeles City Council has the final say.

The code is very specific

LAMC 63.44.B.20  is the section on exposure:

"No person shall appear, bathe, sunbathe, walk or be in any public park, playground, beach... in such a manner that the genitals, vulva, pubis... anal region, or pubic hair region of any such person, or any portion of the breast at or below the upper edge of the areola thereof of any such female person, is exposed to public view or is not covered by an opaque covering. "

Diner wants to remove the words: areola, female, and beach.

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Statement from Councilman Mike Bonin

Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the Venice section of Los Angeles, told Circa that while he appreciates the idea ,his priorities are elsewhere.  

Supporters believe that soon the city will be forced to deal with this "gender bias" issue.


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