Turtle’s Own Words: Going Bare-chested in Pittsburgh


Frick Dog Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 2016. Our first outing after receiving confirmation from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police legal department that female bare-chestedness is legal in Pennsylvania.

Gingerbread came up to visit Pittsburgh last weekend.

We’d just gotten the confirmation from the city’s legal department that female bare-chestedness was legal, the culmination of a conversation that began with her trip to Pittsburgh in December to talk to some of the officers from the police force.

(The response from PBP Legal Department read: CONCLUSION There is no City or State law which expressly prohibits or even addresses the act of appearing bare-breasted in public. Based upon the information provided to the Law Department, the City does not appear to have any legal grounds under the City Code or Title 18 (i.e. the Commonwealth’s Crimes Code) to cite or arrest women for being bare-chested without any additional sexual or criminal behavior associated therewith…

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