Women are allowed to swim TOPLESS in German pools after swimmer asked to cover their breasts said she identified as a male
- City changes rules after topless transgender swimmer told to cover up breasts
- After informing staff they identify as a man, the swimmer was kicked out of pool
- Local pool boss said compromise is inclusive of ‘customers from other cultures’
- New weekend policy is a first for traditional public swimming baths in Germany
A German city will become the first to let women swim topless in public pools after a row over a transgender swimmer.
Officials in Goettingen, central Germany ruled that indoor and outdoor polls must allow all swimmers to go topless.
The move came after a topless transgender swimmer was told to cover up their breasts.
Nudism in Germany is thriving as beaches and saunas increasingly ask visitors to go naked
They told staff they identify as a man – and was then booted out the pool.
Goettingen pool owners say the new rule prevents such disputes and is more inclusive of ‘customers from other cultures’.
The town’s sports committee said all swimmers can now bathe ‘oben-ohne’ (without a top) at weekends from this Sunday till the end of August.
Public pools in the north German town will be fully topless on weekends from May till August
Some say the move doesn’t go far enough as equality isn’t just for Saturday and Sunday.
Pool owners in Goettingen (pictured) say the change helps ‘customers from other cultures’
Authorities said restricting the change to weekends prevents school swimming lessons being affected.
The nudist ‘FKK’ (which stands for ‘free body culture’) movement is large and growing, with a number of beaches and most saunas now requiring visitors to strip off.
In saunas, stripping is more hygienic as it reduces the risk of outside germs being brought in.
Last summer women bikers in Berlin held topless protests after a local mother was told to cover up while sunbathing without a top.
Sunbathers sparked a row in Munich, with security guards urging women to put their tops on
Organisers Hedonist International support ‘freeing the nipple’ and say it is a requirement of gender equality.
And in Munich, police cautioned a man riding his moped naked as temperatures soared.
Security guards urged sunbathing women to put their tops back on – but it backfired when bystanders took theirs off in solidarity with the group.