Topless Parade

An activist wears body paint during the protest march, called the GoTopless Day Parade in Bryant Park Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in New York.

(Meredith) -- Want to go topless? Now, women legally can in six states.

Those states include Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas and Oklahoma.

The new rules are a victory for the global "Free the Nipple" movement, which seeks equal treatment for women and men when it comes to being topless in public.

The move comes after Fort Collins, Colorado decided it's not worth the money to continue fighting for its ban on topless women in public.

In February, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal judge's conclusion that the ban amounted to unconstitutional discrimination, according to NBC News. The court ruled the ban was based on "negative stereotypes depicting women's breasts, but not men's breasts, as sex objects."

The court's decision makes it legal for women to go topless in the six states that fall under the 10th Circuit: Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.

Having already spent more than $300,000 defending the topless ban, the city of Fort Collins decided to not fight the court's decision, NBC News reports.

Now, Fort Collins has removed the ban from its public nudity statutes as of this week.

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