Billy’s Topless — The Good Men Project

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.

- Thich Nhat Hanh

In the early 90’s, there was a rather seedy-looking bar near my office in mid-town New York City called “Billy’s Topless.” It was what it was (it’s now a bank), a throwback to a different time and place in our culture. While I did go in once for a colleague’s bachelor party, what I most remember about the place is a joke my work friend at the time would make every time we passed: “I wish Billy would put his shirt…