Go Topless is the name of an organization that advocates for women’s equality, the raison d’etre being that since it is legal for men to go topless in public, it should be legal for women as well.
Donna Newman is a founder of the organization and says women in either San Antonio or Austin will participate in the National Go Topless Day on August 24. Austin tends to be a little less restrictive about those types of things, but San Antonio is being considered because it is all about protesting what the organization sees as unfair standards.
“In 1936 the men of Long Island, a thousand of them on the beach decided they were tired of wearing their swim suits and took them off. It went to court, they won the case, and from then on men were allowed to be topless in public,” says Newman.
For Texans choosing to be one with nature there is always Hippie Hollow, a state park that makes clothing optional. And McFaddin Beach on Galveston if no one is around.
“I stand for wanting to change this law,” says Newman.
Jeff Visger lives at Ponderosa Resort in North Texas, a community that does not require clothing, where he is a message therapist. He tells the story of driving with his shorts around his ankles one day, as was his norm, and was pulled over by a Texas state trooper.
“It is not illegal to drive in your car naked as long as you do not get out of the car,” Visger says. He claims a judge told him that is the law.
The trooper demanded he vacate his vehicle, which he refused to do and promptly explained to the officer that he had on good authority that his behavior was well within the boundaries of the law. The officer went to car and check, and upon his return queried Visgar on his habit, but did not issue a citation and let him go.
According to HPD, whether public nudity is an act of public disturbance is at the discretion of the district attorney’s office.
Might not want to press your luck.