Fort Collins to Consider Legalizing Female Breasts

Go Topless Fort Collins flier promoting equal treatment of the sexes under Ft. Collins' Public Indecency ordinance

Go Topless Fort Collins flier promoting equal treatment of the sexes under Ft. Collins’ Public Indecency ordinance

campaign in Fort Collins to decriminalize the female breast points out that the city’s Public Indecency ordinance, which prohibits exposure of female breasts while allowing men to display theirs, is sexist.

Section 17-142 of Fort Collins city charter, “Offenses Against Decency,” states “No person shall knowingly appear in any public place in a nude state or state of undress such that the genitals or buttock of either sex or the breast or breasts of a female are exposed.”

But Brittany Hoagland of Go Topless Fort Collins points out that the ordinance conflicts with Article II Section 29 of Colorado’s Constitution, which states:

“Equality of the sexes. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the state of Colorado or any of its political subdivisions on account of sex.” 

The state law guaranteeing equal treatment of the sexes became effective January 11, 1973, yet a municipal charge of public indecency in Colorado can be considered a sexual offense that requires a convicted person to register as a sex offender. 

In one of its fliers, Go Topless Fort Collins argues that the City’s current indecency ordinance shames women about their bodies. The flier also points out that while it is illegal for women to show their breasts in public, it is legal to purchase a magazine at any convenience store that shows topless women. Thus, while women cannot legally display their breasts in public, it is legal to sell images of womens’ breasts for profit. Another flier promoting gender equality (above) shows a photo of a man with large breasts lounging topless in public in the sun, while a flat-chested woman enjoying the sun must wear a tiny band across her chest to hide her nipples from view.

To its credit, Fort Collins City Council has listened to its citizens and is considering modifying their ordinance to be less punitive towards women. In a public survey, Council asks residents if they prefer the current public indecency ordinance be amended to make an exception for breastfeeding mothers, or to simply allow all women to be topless in public.

Fort Collins City Council will consider these options at their October 20, 2015 meeting.

Put ‘Em Away, Grand Junction

Meanwhile, back in Grand Junction, both sexes are already treated equally under the City’s public indecency ordinance. Nobody can expose anything legally. Grand Junction City Ordinance 9.04.180 states that it is illegal to “willfully or knowingly” expose “the breast or breasts of any person.” (Italicized emphasis added.)

So Grand Junction men, women, children and babies: cover up ALL of your breasts or GO TO JAIL.

Main Source: Westword, Inside Go Topless Fort Collins Campaign to Decriminalize the Female Breast, 10/8/2015

Islamophobic Mesa County Group Gets Pushback

RallyAgainstA fringe right-wing Mesa County group that planned an open-carry protest October 10 in front of a Grand Junction mosque was forced to back down after a counter protest that was quickly organized via social media at the same place and time drew far more participants than the Muslim-hater event.

The larger (national) anti-Islamic group “Global Rally for Humanity,” which organized the protest at the mosque, was formed by a combination of the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters*, two radical, militaristic pro-gun, fringe right-wing groups that Mother Jones magazine calls “the Tea Party’s military wing.”

Western Colorado Atheists & Freethinkers Booth a Hit at the G.J. Farmers Market

WCAF's "Atheist Quiz" is always a hit at the downtown Grand Junction Farmers Market

WCAF’s popular Atheist Quiz is always a highlight of the downtown Grand Junction Farmers Market, and the only booth that offers passers-by a knowledge challenge

Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers (WCAF) again hosted their highly popular booth at the Main Street Farmers Market in downtown Grand Junction on Thursday, 9/24.

So far, WCAF’s has been the only booth at the Farmers Market to challenge people’s knowledge and sense of fun by offering a short and always-entertaining Atheist Quiz.

People seem to love it, too.

Mesa County Commissioners Work to Stomp Out Wilderness Areas

Local conservative Marjorie Haun, who promotes the use of firearms and writes in her blog, "," that poverty is a lifestyle choice, white privilege is a myth and marijuana use "turns young men into biological young women."

Mesa County Republican activist Marjorie Haun echoed the sentiments of the county commissioners when she stated her belief that wilderness “is an absurd notion.” Haun also promotes the use of firearms and writes in her blog, “,” that poverty is a lifestyle choice, white privilege is a myth and marijuana use “turns young men into biological young women.”

An article in today’s Daily Sentinel titled “Land of Bewilderment” says the Mesa County Commissioners voted unanimously to oppose a Congressional bill recognizing several new wilderness areas in Mesa County, including 75,000 acres in the Little Bookcliffs and the land surrounding Gateway’s stunning signature rock formation, The Palisade. Commissioner Rose Pugliese said more wilderness “is not in the best interest of Mesa County.”

Mesa County “Reagan Girl” GOP activist Marjorie Haun echoed Pugliese’s sentiment in the article, calling wilderness “an absurd notion.”

Haun and the commissioners are part of a shrinking number of people who actually believe a last-century myth that wilderness is economically harmful to nearby communities. This old-school notion is usually accompanied by a “jobs vs. environment” argument in which believers insist there is an inherent tradeoff between economic prosperity and wilderness designation.

In truth, wilderness areas don’t just protect the environment, but also have a net positive effect on local economies by generating revenue through recreation dollars, increasing property values, and generating jobs in support of a sector the Commissioners completely dismissed without a thought: outdoor recreational activities like activities like hiking, climbing, camping, paddling/kayaking, bicycling, spelunking, hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and snow sports. The outdoor recreation economy in the U.S. supports 6.1 million jobs, generates $80 billion in annual tax revenue, and generates about $646 million in annual spending, making it one of America’s most important job sectors. Mesa County deserves a piece of that pie.

Wilderness = Economic Prosperity

NOT WORTHY? The Palisade -- the signature rock formation at Gateway, Colorado

NOT WORTHY? The Palisade — the signature rock formation at Gateway, Colorado

A 2004 study of of 113 rural counties in the American West, 43% of which contained designated wilderness areas, showed that between 1970 and 2000 there was a significant positive correlation between the percentage of land designated as wilderness and population, income, and employment growth. New forms of economic activity accompanied the growth of wilderness areas. Growth in investment income and self-employment income were also correlated with the presence of wilderness.

We’ve already seen an example of this locally after Fruita jump-started its new-century era of growth by marketing itself as a mountain bike mecca. Fruita intelligently capitalized on its proximity to significant public lands like the desert north of Fruita on 18 Road, and the wilderness of Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area. 

Mesa County should be just as intelligent about wilderness areas. We don’t have to let old-school GOP commissioners who cling to outdated myths ruin the future of Mesa County any more. If you support the bill to designate more wilderness areas in Mesa County, email Colorado Congressmember Diana Degette, who introduced the bill, by clicking on this link.


Air Force Two Spotted at G.J. Regional Airport?

AirForce2?The above airplane, which closely resembles Air Force Two used to transport the Vice President of the United States, was spotted doing repeated touch-and-go landings at the Grand Junction Regional Airport on Saturday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m. Below is a photo of one of the airplanes that serve as Air Force Two when the VP is being transported in it. Note the extremely close resemblance. Could it be the same plane? If so, what was it doing here in Grand Junction?:


Air Force Boeing C-40B used as Air Force Two