Transgender Women Go Topless At Delaware Beach

06/23/2010 12:10 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (Associated Press) -- Rehoboth Beach in Delaware isn't a topless beach - but a few transgender women caused a stir by treating it like one. Police say passers-by complained after several individuals removed their tops and revealed their surgically enhanced breasts over Memorial Day weekend. A lifeguard asked them to put their tops back on. They initially refused, but covered up before police arrived.

Even if they hadn't, though, Police Chief Keith Banks notes the group was doing nothing illegal. Since they have male genitalia, they can't be charged with indecent exposure for showing their breasts. Banks says there's no need for a specific law to address the issue.

Rehoboth Beach commissioner Kathy McGuiness isn't so sure. She says the matter will be discussed at a town hall meeting next week.


Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal,

Editor's note: References in this story to "transgender men" have been switched to "transgender women" because the subjects prefer to be identified as women. The original wire story did not reflect that.