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Female and nonbinary swimmers can go topless in public pools, Berlin says

By Victoria Bisset

10 Mar 2023 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

Topless swimming in public pools wasn’t actually forbidden in the German capital, however Berlin wants to make it clear: women and non-binary people are free to swim topless. The Post has the story.

Berlin's authorities want to make it very clear: Women are free to swim topless in municipal pools, as are those who identify as nonbinary, if that's what they want.

Topless swimming in public pools wasn't forbidden in the German capital anyway, but a woman recently lodged a complaint alleging discrimination after a pool prevented her from swimming without covering her chest, a restriction that wasn't applied to the male swimmers.

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