Despite having had three years of notice and my repeated offers of quiet and mature conversation, Ocean City, Maryland passed a hastily-crafted “emergency” ordinance banning female bare-chestedness last month. The quality of the ordinance reflects the amount of time they spent with it.
We, in contrast, are calmly, carefully and professionally preparing our legal challenge.
Part of my “homework” has been to compile an A-Team. So I have been travelling a lot and building a group of supporters from Maryland and beyond.
And as I have been travelling I have been taking opportunities to see places I haven’t visited before, and to recharge the batteries before this next push.
Mainstream media has been getting better, more informed I guess, less sensational, but it still takes a lot of energy to navigate media requests, make sure they contain accurate information, give fair portrayals of positions and such. So I took some time, took some naps, took some walks and bike rides, and now I feel ready personally, and I think the team is ready too. It’s exciting. No guarantees, but we are giving ourselves the best chance of success. Besides Devon Jacob, our actual attorney, we also have seven other attorneys offering concrete assistance and research, women going bare-chested and raising their hands to participate in the challenge, male supporters grinding numbers and preparing research documents… it’s happening.
Let me also give a shout out here to our friends in New Hampshire who are putting the final touches on their appeal to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, challenging Laconia’s unconstitutional town ordinance banning female but not male bare-chestedness. The ACLU of NH has contributed an amazing amicus brief that will help all of us in the future.
So let me finish by offering my heartfelt appreciation to all the people helping us challenge Ocean City’s unconstitutional ordinance. I have lost count of how many people we have working on this right now. Whether it is by doing research, putting thought to legal strategy, long term ramifications of various positions, hosting us on our journeys, going for walks or rides with me, high fives, offers of support, whatever, it means so much to me and to all of us. Thank you.
It’s only taken a year, but I have finally posted another video, of my ride yesterday around Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. The camera isn’t that great and the battery died kind of quickly, but you’ll get the point. I had a blast. The ride felt so free and wonderful.