Parts of Hanlan's Point Beach remain flooded after reopening to the public on July 31Samuel Engelking

Toronto loses more than a sunbathing spot whenever Hanlan’s Point Beach closes
Reopened after high water levels forced the clothing-optional beach to shut for three months, Hanlan’s is a rare public space that encourages body positivity

Before Shane Hollon visited Hanlan’s Point for the first time in 2013 he had no idea Toronto had a clothing optional beach.

On the recommendation of a straight couple, he and his boyfriend (now husband) made the trek to strip down. Hanlan’s was his first time exploring naturism – going nude in a social setting, usually outdoors – and while he doesn’t consider himself a full-time nudist, the beach became a special space of acceptance and body positivity.

“As soon as we stepped foot on the dunes and saw the naked bodies in various states of repose we knew we were home,” says Hollon, a Toronto-based performer and activist union member. “Undressing in front of strangers can be intimidating the first time. Here, where it was encouraged but not enforced, we didn’t feel any shame.”

Hanlan's Point BeachSamuel Engelking
Hanlan’s Point Beach

This summer, prospective beach-goers to Hanlan’s Point were heartbroken by extensive flooding that left swathes of Toronto Island Park submerged for most of the summer. Read full original article…

Source: Now Toronto

8 August, 2017, 2:45 pm

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