13-Jul-2016,
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Organizing a GoTopless Day event in your town on Aug. 28, 2016

Here are the guidelines to organize a GoTopless event on Aug 28, 2016 in honor of Women's Equality Day. (This day commemorates women's equal right to vote on the basis of gender equality, Aug 26, 1920). 

The first thing is to call the District Attorney's office (or a lawyer but NOT the police who don't know about such laws most of the time) and ask them the exact law statute on women going topless in your city. (For some cities, the areola and nipple need to be covered, others include the lower part of the breast).  That way you know exactly how you need to dress to remain legal while still protesting your rights. Please let us know on the statute to update our legal files. 

The second thing is to pick a spot where you want to do your protest in your city, hopefully a busy area of town but it is up to you. (let us know the address so we can put it on our gotopless-day map)

Third is to find 2 or 3 people (or more!) who will commit to come with you, a couple men and women.  The men should wear a bikini top because if women can't go top free, neither can men and their wearing a bikini makes as much of a point as women going almost bare. (if your city is top-free then no bikini top for the guys)

Fourth, promote the event in more openminded places like universities or art communities, social networks...

Fifth, send us your facebook page link with your event location date and time so that you can be listed on our gotopless map.

We will send a press release a few days before the event.

On the day of, you can have signs with slogans that state your civil rights protest.  You can view our gotopless-day gallery for a list of slogans we have used in the past.  The event can last one or two hours depending on how you feel.

Please know that even if few people come, the awareness for Equal Topless Rights raised around the promotion of the event will in itself begin to change mentalities.  Time is definitely on our side.  Women rear children, they inherently know to be patient and determined:) 

IN NYC and LA (where we've had event for the last 7 years)  we are launching a new venue:  GoTopless Prides Parades, but in smaller communities, you will be better able to determine what will work best. 

Please don't hesitate to contact us again for any question you may have.


13-Jul-2016,
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Organizing a GoTopless Day event in your town on Aug. 28, 2016

Here are the guidelines to organize a GoTopless event on Aug 28, 2016 in honor of Women's Equality Day. (This day commemorates women's equal right to vote on the basis of gender equality, Aug 26, 1920). 

The first thing is to call the District Attorney's office (or a lawyer but NOT the police who don't know about such laws most of the time) and ask them the exact law statute on women going topless in your city. (For some cities, the areola and nipple need to be covered, others include the lower part of the breast).  That way you know exactly how you need to dress to remain legal while still protesting your rights. Please let us know on the statute to update our legal files. 

The second thing is to pick a spot where you want to do your protest in your city, hopefully a busy area of town but it is up to you. (let us know the address so we can put it on our gotopless-day map)

Third is to find 2 or 3 people (or more!) who will commit to come with you, a couple men and women.  The men should wear a bikini top because if women can't go top free, neither can men and their wearing a bikini makes as much of a point as women going almost bare. (if your city is top-free then no bikini top for the guys)

Fourth, promote the event in more openminded places like universities or art communities, social networks...

Fifth, send us your facebook page link with your event location date and time so that you can be listed on our gotopless map.

We will send a press release a few days before the event.

On the day of, you can have signs with slogans that state your civil rights protest.  You can view our gotopless-day gallery for a list of slogans we have used in the past.  The event can last one or two hours depending on how you feel.

Please know that even if few people come, the awareness for Equal Topless Rights raised around the promotion of the event will in itself begin to change mentalities.  Time is definitely on our side.  Women rear children, they inherently know to be patient and determined:) 

IN NYC and LA (where we've had event for the last 7 years)  we are launching a new venue:  GoTopless Prides Parades, but in smaller communities, you will be better able to determine what will work best. 

Please don't hesitate to contact us again for any question you may have.


26-Oct-2015,
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Judeo-Christian guilt makes Fort Collins' city council unfit to uphold constitution in topless rights decision

Photo courtesy of Jason Laboy

On Tuesday Oct 21, 15, in Fort Collins, CO, a six-member city council made the decision to strike down women's constitutional right to go topless in their town because they were unable to see beyond their guilt ridden Judeo-Christian upbringing and therefore violated the Colorado and US Constitutions. 

Contrary to the council's findings, women's right to go topless in public is strictly a matter of gender equality and has nothing to do with "decency" and "modesty" as they led the public to believe.  Topless rights may have been linked to decency prior to the 1930's but when men were unilaterally given the right to go topless in public in 1936, the matter suddenly became a constitutional issue violating gender equality.

Instead of focusing on resolving a gender discrimination matter, the city council preferred to echo the opinions of the members of its community equally tainted with Judeo-Christian guilt.   For example, resident Rachel Dozier came to the council meeting to testify that she would reconsider staying in Fort Collins to raise a family if topless equality passed because she holds the sight of breasts to be harmful to children.

Councilman Ray Martinez made a similarly constitutionally unfit remark when he said: " we will not allow Fort Collins to turn into a strip club". Note a comparably baseless 1935 comment from the Atlantic City Fathers who warned men challenging topless decency laws 80 years ago,  "we will not have gorillas on our beaches!".

What's most deplorable and reprehensible is the conclusion of Mayor Wade Troxell when he said that the council's ruling overwhelmingly reflected the sentiment of their community.  Should the city council have turned to a majority of guilt-ridden constituents for constitutional advice on gender equality especially when the body of a woman is at stake? 

If Fort Collins is so uncomfortable with women's topless rights, they still need to abide by the constitution.  Their only equal rights alternative is to equally ban men's topless rights.

Even Kristin Stephens, the only woman on the city council, failed to see the gender discrimination at stake and advised topless rights activists to stop wasting their energy on such worthless cause and instead to take on more worthy ones like fight for more women representation in the political arena.

Ms Stephens and other women's magazines like Marie-Claire UK who made a similar statement after GoTopless Day on Women's Equality Day two months ago need to understand that women's empowerment comes from every aspects of gender equality. It is not limited to the issues that their narrow, politically correct minds find “suitable” for a woman.   And to be clear, such noble issues range from equal pay to equal topless rights and everything in between.  

Instead of shaming women for their body and sexuality century after century let us empower them in every aspect of their lives and let them thrive in the political arena with complete pride and dignity.  A fully empowered feminine, caring voice is in dire need in the decision-making of this planet.

Yes, a women's bosom can be sexy, and so what? Our Western societies have no laws against men or women being sexy in public. Fort Collins sees countless women with sexy shorts and no one gathers at the city council meeting to testify in horror!  

Treating a woman's torso differently than a man's is exactly how we perpetrate the objectification of women. That is why both the Colorado and US constitution advocate gender equality without restrictions.  Our forefathers knew that an unfair society is an unfit society.

It is GoTopless' dearest wish that Fort Collins topless activist Brittiany Hoagland challenges the city council's unconstitutional decision and teaches Kristin Stephen a lesson in women's equality rights in the 21st century. 

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