The right to bare all: Swimmers want nudity back at New Orleans club

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO)-  Here's a new hashtag you'll be seeing on Twitter and Instagram... "Nude not Lewd" (#nudenotlewd).

A group of New Orleans activists are starting a petition to bring back the option of nude bathing at a New Orleans club.

Click HERE to see full petition.

If you'd like to sign the petition, click HERE.

Dillon Henderson sees absolutely nothing wrong with being naked!

"It's just nudity.  It's just nakedness.  Chill out!  That's a social construct to think that being naked is dirty," he said.

He believes in the right to bare all.  So much, in fact, he's started a petition along with concerned friends to bring back the clothing optional policy at the popular Bywater spot, The Country Club.

"We should be able to read, smoke, swim and drink naked," Henderson said.

You may remember, The Country Club stopped allowing nudity last Fall, after some complaints and sexual assault allegations.

"To me they got rid of the policy, and I want it back.  The reasons why it went away are irrelevant to me.  That's why we thought why not organize a petition and see what kind of response we get and then go from there.  We are hoping that people sign the petition and get involved on social media using the hashtag #nudenotlewd,"  he said.

For these Country Club customers it's not about taking it all off, it's about having the option to do so.

"I'm not a nudist.  I've been there dozens of times, and I've only been naked a handful of times.  It's not about me running around naked.  It's the option and the principle here.  Baring it all, your beautiful naked name.  You can sign the petition right here, Henderson said.

They will be at Washington Square Park on Wednesday at noon if you'd like to sign the petition.

We reached out to The Country Club for a comment.  Spokespeople for The Country Club sent WGNO a link to their website detailing their policies and decisions.

For more information, e-mail nudenotlewd@gmail.com

2 comments

  • John Doe

    from my understanding, the country club had no choice except end the nudity. That was the judgement the court made. The issue is not a moral and ethical one, but rather should a private establishment that allows alcohol consumption and blatant nudity make reasonable requests for the well-being of their clientele. I frankly don’t think anyone cares what goes on at the club (including the nudity) but because of the recent incidents and allegations stemming from the clubs’ irresponsible actions the court had no choice but to step in and make reasonable demands for the well being of people. Had the incidents never occurred, the censoring of nudity wouldn’t have occurred.

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