Renee Sankey is the owner of Utopia, the first adult swingers club that has had to make a development application on the Gold Coast.
With its mirror ball, UV lights and pool tables, Utopia is like any other nightclub on the Gold Coast.
Until you leave the dance floor and walk in to a room with a freshly made bed, lubricant in a dispenser on the wall, condoms on a side table and a giant hanging leather swing where adults' sexual fantasies are regularly carried out.
Utopia is based in Burleigh Heads and a few months ago was forced by a complaint to make a development application to the Gold Coast City Council.
Unsure what category to put it under -- it doesn't hold a liquor licence -- the application
was eventually filed under indoor recreation and is sailing smoothly towards being approved.
Mrs Sankey said the club catered mostly to mature couples in their 30s or 40s who were comfortable enough to talk to each other about their fantasies and
about 60 couples attended each weekend.
The annual Hallowe'en Nude Pumpkin Run in Boulder, Colorado, was called off this year because participants feared being labeled sex offenders.
For the last decade, dozens of men and women have taken part in the stunt, in which naked people
run around the main streets of Boulder, Colorado wearing nothing but pumpkins on their heads.
But this year, 100 police officers were stationed around the town and members of the public were warned they faced arrest and charges of indecent
exposure if they participated in the run. If convicted, that could lead to them being placed on the sex offenders register.
Bouder police chief Mark Beckner said the event had gotten out of hand and had become a "free-for-all", so he
decided to stop it.
The American Civil Liberties Union accused police of violating naked runners' constitutional rights.
On its website, the group running the event, warned that violation of the Western societal more, enforced by law,
of unclothed public exposure can indeed land you legal consequences. Furthermore, the decision to participate is yours and yours alone.
On Saturday evening, as Hallowe'en festivities unfolded in Boulder there was no sign of naked pumpkin
runners and only one arrest was made.
Police told over 50 girls to cover up after they stripped down to their underwear to win free outfits.
A new Joy store in North London had offered to give away clothes to the first 25 customers who came to the shop dressed only in their
undergarments. Over 50 style lovers stripped down to their underwear to win a promotion for free clothes
Would-be fashionistas queued ahead of the midday opening in a light-hearted bid to win the trendy items. But five miserable police officers
dashed to the scene to tackle the partially clothed girls - and even ordered a shop assistant to cover up a raunchy picture in the window display.
Maureen O'Brien, buying director for Joy, who have 21 branches nationwide, said: I think there's
been a sense of humour failure on behalf of the police.
We've done this in the City by St Paul's Cathedral, by the Tate Modern, in shopping centres in St Albans, Glasgow, Edinburgh - this is the only place in the country where they haven't allowed
us to do it.
A Met Police spokesprat said: Police attended a clothes shop in Upper Street at around midday. They advised the owners against holding a promotion whereby people were asked to come to the shop in their underwear in order to
receive free clothing. The officer decided that we had a duty of care to the public and that with the variety of different people on the street, which included children and the elderly, this could be seen as inappropriate.
An armed teenager who was arrested while topless in downtown Keene did not break the law, according to police prosecutors.
Cassidy Nicosia, 18, of Manchester no longer faces a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure and lewdness.
was arrested Aug. 23 after police received complaint calls about a topless teenager with a handgun holstered on her hip.
State law does not require residents to have permits to openly carry guns, and she was not charged with any firearm-related
Last week, police prosecutors D. Chris McLaughlin and Eliezer Rivera decided to drop the charge of indecent exposure and lewdness against Nicosia. The charge was dropped because walking down the street topless does not qualify as a crime
under state law, Keene police Lt. Jay U. Duguay said.
The law states that a person commits indecent exposure and lewdness if he or she fornicates, exposes genitals or performs any other act of gross lewdness … likely to cause affront or alarm
She wasn't fornicating or exposing genitals — breasts aren't genitals, Duguay said. No one who complained about it said that it was gross lewdness.
Two other factors played a role in the police prosecutors'
decision to drop the charge against Nicosia, according to Duguay. They wanted to keep the N.H. Supreme Court from having a chance to weigh in on the law, which could have happened if Nicosia was convicted and appealed, Duguay said. If asked to examine
the state law dealing with indecent exposure and lewdness, the court might find that the language in the statute is too broad and then drop the entire statute, he said.
Also, Nicosia went topless to make a statement about equality, which could be
viewed as a form of expression or free speech that is protected under the First Amendment, Duguay said.
I chose to do it because … one of the most important issues to me is equality, Nicosia said while being videotaped before her arrest.
Men can walk down the street … and, you know, not get harassed at all but yet somehow this is dirty.
An Iranian couple were arrested for having sex openly on the Jomtien beach.
At 4.30 am, Friday, September the 4th, a Police Captain was riding his motorcycle to perform routine checking on the Jomtien beach. When he was about 100 metres away
from the Chaiyapruk station, he spotted a crowd watching something on the beach and some of them were shooting video clips with their mobile phones.
Police Captain Chamrasthong then rushed to stop the couple and told them to put on clothes and
took them to the Dongtan police station.
The Iranian man and his girlfriend, who were obviously drunk, claimed that they did not know it was illegal to have sex in public place.
Even the punishment was a bit of fun as the fine was set at
500 Baht (£9).
But one can't help but feel the fun may end when they leave Thailand and go home to Iran. Being unmarried, drunk, and having sex in public easily add up to enough to get themselves a sentence of being buried up to their
waist/chest and being stoned to death.
Update: Hacked Off
10th September 2009
As is typical in the Thai Press, pattayadailynews.com ran the story with detailed names and photos of the arrested couple. As mentioned above, the offence is very serious in
Iran and is surely something that should be treated with caution when publishing details.
And according to TeakDoor.com, Iran hackers took matters into their own hands and forcibly removed the photos from the
Zack Hyman, who made US headlines earlier this week with his subway snaps of naked girls on the L train, is in the news again.
This time, he didn't get away with it. Or rather, his model, Kathleen Neill was popped at the Metropolitan Museum of
Art for stripping off amongst the nudes. Hyman practiced his usually strip-and-snap routine, but for the first time, the model was caught by police.
As Neill moved to leave the museum, she was detained by an employee until police arrived. The
guard explained (without a hint of irony in a museum full of nudie cuties ): I had to make sure that girl was turned over to the police. There were little kids in here watching the whole thing.
Hyman wasn't charged, but his model
was, with public lewdness.
Hyman asked, Why is this wrong? There were thousands of people in the Met today looking at nudes as art, but as soon as there is a real nude, it's a big problem.
Neill had the same question, which she
posed to the security guard who detained her. She told me there were naked statues everywhere, the guard said: I said, ‘Those statues are 400 years old. You're from the 21st century.'
Sounds to me as if the museum employee deserves Esther Rantzen's Jobsworth Trophy. What an officious, sanctimonious twat - and what a pity his name isn't all over the
internet for exposure to public ridicule!
The Government Equalities Office, which is overseen by Labour's deputy leader Harriet Hatemen, is promoting claims that devotees of naturism suffer prejudice equivalent to that experienced by gays, ethnic minorities and the elderly.
written by British Naturism has been included in a review into discrimination: Naturists encounter prejudice in employment. This is a particular problem for people in the caring professions and education. Any occupation requiring an enhanced Criminal
Record Bureau check is potentially a serious problem.
Naturism has spawned a thriving leisure industry referred to as the buff pound . As well as more than 100 naturist-friendly campsites across the UK, there are an array of luxury
cruises where clothing is optional. In November Alton Towers, the Midlands theme park, will host its fourth naturists only weekend.
British Naturism has 16,000 members but claims there could be 1.2m naturists in the country, with many
choosing to cover up their hobby.
It is urging the government and other authorities to make affirmative statements in favour of naturism and combat the financial penalties endured by those who pursue clothes-free leisure pursuits. Entry to
naturist nights at council swimming pools is often twice as expensive as admission on other nights.
The website says all the submissions are very helpful evidence and will form an essential part of a National Equality Panel report,
to be published in November. But the rumour is that naturism has already been ruled out of scope for the report.
Cap D'Agde in the South of France is just like any other holiday village, except that the holidaymakers there wear no clothes.
A curious Deirdre Morrissey, pictured, got her kit off and joined the nudists, the swingers, the hedonists and those
who are simply trying to spice up their sex lives. It was to be a holiday she would never forget.
A self-described club for erotic adults in Ocala, Florida was forced to shut its doors early Saturday when law officers raided.
Around 12:30 a.m., members of the Multi-Agency Drug Enforcement Team, Marion County sheriff's deputies, and
officials from the Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco went to serve a search warrant at the Hot Tropics Hideaway.
Conducting an undercover operation, agents said that, while they did not observe any evidence of prostitution, they did
notice several illicit activities including illegal gambling and drug use.
As they made their move early Saturday, officials wound up arresting three people including Jay A. Judge, accused of keeping a gambling house and operating an illegal
Judge, owner of the establishment, was slapped with the operating an illegal bottle club because the state's Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco is the only entity authorized to issue bottle club licenses in Florida. Their
records show, according to officials report, that no such license was issued to the location or to Judge or to any individual or corporation or entity affiliated with Judge or the business.
For some it's the stuff of naff Côte d'Azur postcards. For others it's a symbol of the feminist struggle in France. Topless sunbathing was once the summer battleground of French post-1968 society – educated middle classes insisted that peeling off
was a women's right, while family groups claimed exposed nipples would scare children.
For decades, France has prided itself on being the world capital of seaside semi-nudity. Now the nation is facing a bikini-top backlash. A younger generation
of women are covering up, citing new feminist priorities, skin cancer fears and a rebellion against the cult of the fetished body beautiful.
The Florida city of Key West may finally get its first nude beach, city officials said.
The city outlawed nudity on public beaches in 1983. But City Commissioner Bill Verge said he hopes to change that with a proposed Oct. 6 referendum that would
allow residents to decide whether a slice of city-owned beach will go clothing-optional, The Miami Herald reported.
Verge said the city commission has bigger fish to fry with all the budget problems. But if the community wants a nude beach,
then the community can vote for it.
Monroe County Commissioner Sylvia Murphy voiced her support for a nude beach in Key West: No one visiting us (from other countries) understands why we are such prudes.
Using archival footage and interviews, American Swing tells the story of how a guy from New York named Larry Levenson became an unlikely sexual icon by opening America's first heterosexual swinger's club, Plato's Retreat .
For about a
decade starting in the mid-'70s, Plato's was a popular destination for sexually adventurous couples of all shapes and sizes, curiosity seekers, porn stars, and even well known celebrities like Sammy Davis Jr. The club boasted swimming pools, hot
tubs, an orgy room, and even a free buffet for the truly daring. For roughly a decade, Levenson reigned as the self proclaimed King of Swing until a combination of changing times, bad judgment, and the AIDS outbreak finally toppled his empire in
American Swing is well paced and edited, and manages to cover just about all you'd want to know on the subject in a little under an hour and a half. There's also about 30 minutes worth of deleted scenes that, while rightfully left
out of the feature, are nonetheless worth a look. American Swing is unrated, but would probably get an NC-17 for nudity, sexual content and language. This is a fun and fascinating time capsule of a moment in time when America's sexual attitudes were
Katie Price a.k.a Jordan faces the prospects of being jailed after the busty model was caught sunbathing in Maldives - naked.
She broke strict Muslim laws by shedding her clothes to soak up the sun - a crime that can land tourists in jail,
reports the Mirror.
Foreign Office travel advice warns: Nudism and topless sunbathing are prohibited throughout the Maldives including on resort islands. The Maldives is a Muslim country and serious violations of law may lead to a prison
A vigilante who filmed men meeting up for sex in a woodland was spared jail.
Colin Haw posted the footage of a well-known dogging area on a website in a bid to name and shame those he caught in the wood near Sleaford in Lincolnshire.
said he reported the problem to police but was ignored so decided to take action because the area was visited by families and children.
Images shown to the court showed the vigilante and his accomplices dressed in balaclavas, combat kit and
brandishing a video camera and walkie-talkies. On occasions they would pretend to be looking for sex in order to lure gay men into the area before confronting them and demanding to know what they were doing.
He then posted the footage on the
website Bostontown.net. Often the images were dubbed with music such as YMCA by the Village People and the nursery rhyme Teddy Bear's Picnic.
Pat Walsh, chairman of the bench, sentenced Haw to four months in prison, suspended for a year and a
half. He also ordered him to do 200 hours community service work but rejected an application by Lincolnshire Police for an anti-social behaviour order to be made against the amateur film maker. Haw was also ordered to pay his victim £400 and costs
Walsh told Haw: Your actions were premeditated and quite deliberate in targeting a group of people we would describe as vulnerable. Our thoughts were to send you to custody but we are not going to do that today.
footage shown to the court, Haw can be heard providing a commentary to the camera. In it, he said: It's a joke, we're not picking on them. We are out to clean the woods up. Haw also claimed when he confronted men in the woods that he worked for a
surveillance company and that he was an undercover agent.
Stephen Hill, prosecuting, said: It's very clear that the behaviour of this group is homophobic and at times it's quite aggressive.
A naturist who liked to cycle along a seafront with only a small piece of fabric shielding his modesty has been ordered to desist by a district judge.
Anthony Harris was twice stopped by police officers wearing nothing but the small piece of
material on the Marina in St Leonards, East Sussex.
District Judge Roger Ede at Hastings magistrates' court, told Harris that he must not go for his coastal rides unless he covers up with at least a pair of swimming trunks.
imposed a sexual offences prevention order banning Harris, of St Leonards, from appearing anywhere in public without trousers, short trousers or swimming trunks fully covering his genitals and buttocks.
The order, which is similar to an
anti-social behaviour order, will last for five years.
Nigel Barry, Sussex Police's ASBO coordinator, said: Obviously the sight of a nearly naked man cycling along the seafront, naturist or not, would be enough to potentially cause alarm or
distress. As such, the matter was referred to the Anti Social Behaviour Team and we decided that an application was just and proportionate. The District Judge agreed.
A recent round of staff reductions at Disneyland could result in the return of a bit of fun and public nudity at the Disney theme park.
Way back in 1997, a front-page story in the Los Angeles Times chronicled a scintillating phenomenon involving
the theme park’s Splash Mountain log ride: Photos of women flashing their breasts at an automatic camera that snapped souvenir photographs during the final 50-foot drop were flashing their way around cyberspace, earning the ride the nickname Flash
At the time, Disneyland officials blamed a rogue employee for leaking the obscene pictures of topless women onto the Web and instituted tighter photo censorsing procedures to prevent further breaches.
Over the ensuing
decade, objectionable pictures of breast-baring women were washed away by Splash Mountain photo editors before they were projected on preview screens at the end of the ride, according to David Koenig, author of More Mouse Tales: A Closer Peek
Backstage at Disneyland.
Now in May 2009, the Splash Mountain photo editor positions will be eliminated as part of cost-cutting measures at Disneyland, according to MiceAge columnist Al Lutz.
Admittedly the numbers of young ladies
(term used loosely in this case) who lift their tops for the cameras for their shot at Flash Mountain infamy has lessened over the years, wrote Lutz, who reports that the photo editing positions were eliminated months ago at the Splash Mountain ride
Disneyland officials confirmed that Splash Mountain photo screeners would be redeployed to other positions as of May 3. A Disneyland spokesperson said: Ride photos will continue to be monitored by cast members at the point of sale.
In addition, the current screening system will remain intact to provide the option for management to initiate image monitoring if necessary.
A tiny Baltic Sea community is working to stop swinging outdoor sex parties at a nearby hidden beach, Altenhof Mayor Hilmar Marohn told The Local.
Aschau beach, near the resort town Eckernförde in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, is
just hidden from view along the B76 motorway and has long been a popular Freikörperkultur (FKK), or nudist, swimming site. But last summer, it somehow became a magnet for a more hardcore set of visitors who began having swinger parties.
Initially residents thought the excitement would die down, but a warm start to the spring brought more fun activity to the beach.
On April 20, local authorities met and concluded that the problem warranted attention from the Office of Public Order (Ordnungsamt). Now those caught in the act face fines.
In their first visit to the beach, officers took down personal
information from three people, Marohn said. He added that they’d be back when the weather improves to see if the initial operation had made an impact on activity. This is not an attack on the normal, totally harmless FKK that has been tolerated in the
area for years. We are not prude ...[BUT]... This has to do with activities like gang bangs that then get posted on the internet – we cannot tolerate this.
An amorous couple stripped naked and had sex in a park within sight of Windsor castle.
Witnesses say the couple were enjoying a picnic on the lawn, but appeared to have too much to drink and began having sex on their blanket.
was at home in the castle at the time, but it is not known if she witnessed the spectacle.
An employee at the Harte and Garter Hotel, which overlooks the castle, said: People were shouting things like 'what are you doing?' but the couple
didn't seem to care at all. It was going on for about 10 or 15 minutes, which is quite a long time, considering the location.
The couple carried on until police intervened. A witness said: The officers told them to stop and the sight of
the uniforms seemed to snap them out of it. They were unsteady on their feet and the guy pulled his trousers up and helped the girl put hers back on.
A spokesman from Thames Valley police confirmed that two people had been arrested and
cautioned for outraging public decency.
The couple now fear their drunken romp could cost them their jobs. They are worried their employers will give them the sack for bringing their companies into disrepute.
Voters in the Swiss Alps have passed legislation banning naked hiking after dozens of mostly German nudists started rambling through their picturesque region.
By a show of hands, citizens of the tiny canton of Appenzell Inner Rhodes voted
overwhelmingly at their open-air annual assembly to impose a SFr200 (£120) fine on violators. Only a scattering of people opposed the ban.
The cantonal government recommended the ban after citizens objected to encountering walkers wearing
nothing but hiking boots and socks.
The reactions of the population have shown that such appearances over a large area are perceived as thoroughly disturbing and irritating, the government stated.
A similar legal move is expected
in the neighbouring canton, Appenzell Outer Rhodes.
German naturists are about to get their very own holiday heaven, a completely clothing-free hotel.
The Hotel Rosengarten, in the aptly named Black Forest town of Freudenstadt (Town of Joys), will mark a new frontier for the homeland of
Freikörperkultur (FKK), meaning free body culture . A handful of German hotels have accommodated naturists up to now, but the management at Rosengarten plan to take a hardline anti-apparel stance.
That is where the beach towels come
in. Even before the hotel opens strict house rules have been published, among them the stipulations that all guests must be naked at all times, and all must put towels on chairs and loungers before using them. Lest anyone get the wrong idea, it is also
made clear that there is to be strictly no sexual harassment of fellow guests and no smutty behaviour in communal areas. Those who disobey will have to put on the ultimate badge of nudist dishonour — clothing — and leave.
Frieder Haferkorn, the
naturist behind the plan, said: We hope that all kinds of people will come to the hotel, including families, and we are building a playground in the hotel grounds.
The grounds of the Hotel Rosengarten will soon be another small oasis of
nakedness if things go according to Haferkorn who hopes to complete the purchase of a 31-room hotel soon.
MSPs have heard an appeal that adults who indulge in consensual bondage, sado-masochism and similar practices should be exonerated from the threat of prosecution.
Patrick Harvie, the Green MSP, told a Holyrood committee the present law was an anomaly.
But he dropped a bid to change the law after Kenny MacAskill, the justice minister, and other MSPs said lifting the threat of prosecution could provide a 'loophole' for those charged with domestic abuse and sex crimes.
Harvie made his
plea when the justice committee scrutinised the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill. If passed, the bill will radically overhaul existing law on rape and other sex crimes, and will redefine consent as free agreement.
Under Harvie's amendment,
consensual BDSM acts between those over 16 carried out for sexual gratification would not be considered as assault if both participants agreed.
Harvies tabled the amendment to trigger debate and enable MacAskill to explain why a change
recommended by the Scottish Law Commission was not included.
Nudists have issued a "no overt sex" edict for unofficial nude beaches in response to a concerns about swingers parties.
The Australian Nudist Federation has published guidelines of appropriate behaviour for naturists.
website also lists legal and unofficial nude beaches, affiliated resorts and a calendar of events such as naked tenpin bowling and the nude olympics.
It comes amid a spat between nudists over the adverse publicity surrounding a month-long
swingers event at The White Cockatoo, a controversial north Queensland nudist colony.
ANF secretary Paul Brown said they wanted to show a new public face: Naturists enjoy social nudity, but like everyone else they keep their sex life private
Many people erroneously believe that our lifestyle has sexual overtones, that couldn't be further from the truth, and we constantly have to remind people that we do nothing naked that you don't do fully clothed.
He said the
website featured full frontal nudity, but was not pornographic. If you are a long-term nudist or just curious about trying public nudity for the first time, have a look. Don't worry, you won't encounter overt sex or swinging at any ANF affiliated
A members-only club of self-described swingers has gotten the backing of the City of Edmonton against opponents who wanted to see them shut down.
The city's development appeal board rejected an attempt by a community revitalization committee
to stop a development permit for 4-Play, a dance and social club for sexually open couples and single women.
Several 4-Play members said the club has been operating discreetly for the last decade.
We were pretty much invisible,
said Mike B. The only reason they know we're here is because we had to move out of our old location, four blocks away from the new one.
The appeal was based on the argument that there wasn't enough parking, but it became clear at
Thursday's hearing that wasn't the real reason for the opposition.
Les Halpert, who works at an accounting firm next door to the club, said that having a swing club there would undo 15 years of hard work to clean up one of the city's roughest
areas: I'm outraged that the same city (that's behind the revitalization strategy) would throw this back in our faces.
After having reportedly organised more than a hundred swingers parties during the past three years, a British man was arrested along with his Thai wife at a Bangkok hotel. With them were five Thais and 16 foreigners allegedly having fun in a wife
Christian Richards has been charged with procurement and commercial sex advertisements. The parties are advertised through www.Bangkok.CraigsList.co.th where Richards' wife goes by the name of Duang. They charge each participant
The victims of the police raid were a mix of Americans, French, Indians and Chinese. The Tourist Police arrived at the hotel suite to find the party just warming up and discovered condoms, 30 Viagra tablets and pornographic movies.
The police caught Richards in January at a party for about 50 people in a Huay Kwang hotel area but he claimed it was a birthday party and charges were pressed.
Tourist police commander Archayon Kraithong said that the police investigation
suggests such activities have been going on for three to four years, attracting 25 to 30 people from many countries to each party.
The foreign and Thai participants were released after paying fines, while Richards was still being questioned by
police yesterday. If found guilty, he faces a jail sentence of up to 10 years or a fine of up to Bt20,000.
When the first nude walkers came over the border the tranquil, neutrality-loving Swiss tried to pretend it wasn’t happening.
Now the Swiss authorities are trying to fend off hordes of German ramblers dressed in nothing more than a rucksack
and walking boots. The influx appears to have been started after a German mountaineering website declared the Swiss wilderness a paradise for naked ramblers.
We have been receiving many complaints, Markus D๖rig, a spokesman
for the government of the Appenzell Innerrhoden canton, told The Times. The local people are upset and we in the government share their concern. How would one feel if one was to go walking in nature and suddenly came across a group of naked people?
When police in the eastern Appenzeller region arrested a group of German nudists they had to apologise and let them go as there was no law against rambling in one’s birthday suit.
Swiss legislators have spent the winter trying to
find a solution and now they are ready to act. A law stipulating that naked walking is a crime is expected to be enacted this spring. A fine will leave nude ramblers ฃ120 out of pocket — providing they have any — or facing further legal
action if they are unable to pay on the spot.
The Bill will be approved by the local parliament on February 9 and should come into force on April 26, when the canton’s citizens gather at the Appenzell town square for an annual vote on legal
Germany, where freik๖rperkultur — free body culture — is a respectable pastime, is aghast. The tabloid Bild Zeitung wrote a sniffy editorial about Swiss intolerance and listed nudist alternatives around the world,
hinting at a boycott of Switzerland as a tourist destination.
Newlyweds from Newcastle, Australia decided to take their honeymoon in a country they had always dreamed of visiting: India.
They arrived in Bombay and found a clean but modest place to stay and paid for a week’s worth of accommodation. On
their first night in India they celebrated as many young couples do: in the hotel room and by their own admission they were a little loud.
In the morning as they headed off to do some sightseeing the owning motioned towards them and then tapped a
pen on a sign near the front desk that clearly said No sex in our rooms please.
Funny as it seems more and more hotel managers and owners in India are banning guests having sex within their establishment. The reasons and motives for the
ban include complaints from other guests, attempts to discourage extra-marital flings and prostitution in the highly conservative nation.
Delhi hotel manager Suresh defends the ban Many locals use hotels for adulterous affairs and even
sessions with prostitutes and this lowers the hotels reputation, foreigners do not realise that loud noise during relations offends many locals and we receive complaints all the time.
County officials in the St. Petersburg, Florida, area are considering rules that would ban beachwear leaving too little to the imagination.
While officials say the change would make Pinellas County beaches friendlier to families, detractors
say the rules might actually drive tourists away.
It's certainly going to have a negative impact, because it's going to turn people away who want to wear less bathing suit than their grandmother does, said Ken Kushman, secretary of Tampa
The regulations would ban thongs and G-strings for women at Fort De Soto, Sand Key and Fred Howard Parks. Men would have to wear proper bathing suits.
Commenting as a result of Australia's nutter MP Fred Niles calling for a ban on topless bathing in Sydney, Auckland Mayor John Banks said he'd never put much thought into sunbathing, topless Aucklanders.
Auckland City Council has no bylaws
against topless beachgoers: Nothing much shocks me these days but we have people riding down Queen St on motorbikes topless so you can hardly jump up and down about a few topless on a beach
A spokeswoman at Police National Headquarters
said beach bylaws were a council issue. Police dealt with complaints about indecent exposure but topless sunbathing wasn't an issue.
Pauanui Surf Life Saving's head lifeguard, Matt Williams, believes Kiwi women are too conservative to take
their gear off. He sees a handful of topless women who are discreet and usually brave the beach bare-chested after the holiday period.
Malaysian police said that they will not press sex offence charges against 26 people who were arrested in a private apartment during a New Year bash in Kuala Lumpur.
The case has been transferred to the Narcotics Department instead as drugs were
found in the 3.30am raid.
Those arrested included a woman TV newscaster, an actress, a disc jockey and several students, according to newspaper reports. When police stormed the 11th floor apartment in a building close to the Petronas Twin Towers,
the occupants were all fully clothed and the few condoms found had not been used.
However, the media had dubbed the gathering as a sex party , and claimed that couples had been found in each of the three bedrooms.
were highly intoxicated and some broke down when arrested, the New Straits Times daily had reported. It said the apartment was fitted with disco lights and loud music was playing, and condoms, beer cans and half-eaten pizzas were strewn all over
A New Year's Eve party at a Texas swingers club in Amarillo caused an uproar among area churches.
About 20 nutters from area churches joined to take a stand against what they say is an immoral club that promotes deviant sexual behavior.
They say about thirty people entered the Amarillo building for what they believe is a swingers party. Protesters used prayers and Bible verses as their weapons.
The City of Amarillo says the people legally have the right to gather and hold a
party. They say they have inspected the building and it is up to city code. As far as they know nothing illegal is happening. The owner of the establishment will not comment.
Nutter MP Fred Nile says he wants topless bathing banned in New South Wales to protect Sydney's Muslim and Asian communities.
The Reverend Prude Nile has rejected allegations that prudishness is behind a bill he has prepared to ban nudity,
including topless sunbathing, on the state's most popular beaches.
Australia's reputation as a conservative but culturally inclusive society was at risk of erosion by more liberal overseas visitors, he said.
Our beaches should be a
place where no one is offended, whether it's their religious or cultural views, he said: If they've come from a Middle Eastern or Asian country where women never go topless - in fact they usually wear a lot of clothing - I think it's important to
respect all the different cultures that make up Australia.
Acting Premier Carmel Tebbutt and the NSW Opposition Leader, Barry O'Farrell, have both said that topless bathing is an issue for local councils, not state governments.
So Liberal powerbroker David Clarke and Labor MP Paul Gibson have reportedly vowed to support the bill.
Speaking to reporters in Melbourne, acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the topless issue was one of context and clear signage: People
want to go to the beach and use the beach in a variety of ways. Obviously family groups want to go to the beach, people who want to get a bit of sun all over also want to go to the beach. As long as people know what the rules are and know what to
expect I think it is a matter for the individuals involved.
Waverley Council Mayor Sally Betts says she is aghast at moves by state politicians to outlaw women from sunbathing topless on NSW beaches. We've got alcohol-related violence,
we've got under-age drinking and anti-social behaviour in the public domain - those are really important issues, Betts told Fairfax Radio Network. If the Reverend Nile really wants to help people he should focus on those issues.