01-Aug-2015,
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GoTopless congratulates Bare With Us organizers and joins their event Aug 1 in Waterloo, ON

 TORONTO, Aug. 1 – According to a statement released today, the women’s rights organization GoTopless (gotopless.org) is congratulating organizers of the group Bare With Us for echoing GoTopless’s activism. Both organizations stand for equal gender topless rights and encourage other women to exercise those rights.

Members of the Toronto GoTopless branch will also join a Bare With Us protest being held in Waterloo, Ontario, today. Their message is very simple: 

"As long as men are allowed to be topless in public, women should have the same constitutional right, or else men should also have to wear something to hide their chests.” These are the words of spiritual leader Maitreya Rael, founder of GoTopless.org.

“We would like to remind everyone that it’s legal for women to go topless in Ontario and that doing so hasn’t been considered indecent there since 1991, thanks to Gwen Jacob, a young activist who made history,” said Diane Brisebois, leader of the Toronto GoTopless branch and spokesperson for GoTopless. “So how is it possible that in Ontario, even today, many police officers are so ill-informed about this law that applies within their province? Women who are merely exercising their legal rights and enjoying the nice weather are getting arrested and being humiliated. Why?"

Brisebois said the need to protest has become more and more obvious recently.

“In the past several months, women and girls going topless have experienced many discriminatory situations throughout Canada,” she explained. “We must remind the police and the public that going topless is completely legal everywhere in Ontario and that the continuing harassment will not be tolerated.”

She added that GoTopless members have an additional reason for participating in protests.

“We’re celebrating our 8th GoTopless anniversary this year by demonstrating in several U.S. and Canadian cities as well as in other cities around the world,” Brisebois concluded.


26-Jul-2015,
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GoTopless Pride Parade in New York City to mark 8th Annual GoTopless Day on Aug. 23

NEW YORK, July 2​7​ – On August 23, the women's rights organization GoTopless will hold Go Topless Pride Parades and other events in New York, Los Angeles and over 60 other cities worldwide for the 8th annual GoTopless Day, according to a statement released today by GoTopless.

“Our goal is for equal gender topless rights to be enforced worldwide, freeing women's nipples,” said GoTopless Spokesperson Rachel Jessee, the actress, model and performer who leads GoTopless in NYC. "In New York, police will block off streets from Columbus Circle to Bryant Park to let our GoTopless Pride Parade pass.”

She said New York is the ideal location since it's already legal for women to go topless there.

“Since 1992, New York has been one of the world’s few cities to legally recognize women’s topless rights,” Jessee said, adding that the past year has helped to further that right elsewhere. “The movie ‘Free The Nipple’ was released, and actresses and performers like Scout Willis, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Iggy Azalea have been baring their nipples publicly in support,” she explained.

GoTopless is inviting both men and women to “stand up with topless pride” on Aug. 23 to honor the 95th anniversary of Women's Equality Day and to support the​ passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

“Spiritual leader, ​Maitreya Rael, who inspired the creation of​ GoTopless and founded the Raelian Movement, says there must be absolute equality between men and women to ensure the preservation of society,” Jessee stated. “Centuries of gender inequality and exclusive male rule created major planetary imbalances that could prove fatal to society. It’s time for change!”

She said enforcement of equal topless rights is a crucial aspect of gender equality.

“Dr. Marcus Wen​ner explains how banning the female bare chest harms brains of women and girls,” Jessee said. “It’s liberating and empowering for women to free their bodies from repression. Freeing nipples and bodies frees minds as well, restoring self-image and self-esteem. Therefore, our topless pride parades will overflow with bare breasts, joy and fun. We’ll have breast-decorated floats and carnival costumes, plus topless acrobats, jugglers and other performers. In New York, we’ll have a milk truck for breastfeeding moms, and we’ll conclude at Bryant Park with more performances and a speech about the ERA and GoTopless.”

 


26-Jul-2015,
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Venice Beach , CA GoTopless Pride Parade to mark 8th Annual GoTopless Day on Aug. 23

LOS ANGELES, July 27 – On August 23, the women’s rights organization GoTopless will hold Go Topless Pride Parades and other events in Los Angeles, New York and over 60 other cities worldwide for the 8th annual GoTopless Day, according to a statement released today by GoTopless.

“We’re working toward freeing women’s nipples and obtaining equal gender topless rights that are enforced worldwide,” said GoTopless Spokesperson Lara Terstenjak, who leads the organization’s L.A. branch. 

She said the Los Angeles Pride Parade, produced by L.A.-based Cosmic Carnival, will feature topless acrobats, stilt walkers and performers. It will begin at Navy St./Boardwalk and conclude on Windward Circle with speeches about topless equality and the ERA. A pre-rally party extravaganza, also produced by PhenoVibe’s Cosmic Carnival, will precede the parade on Fri., Aug 21, in West Los Angeles. That event will include a showing of the movie “Free the Nipple.”

In April, Venice Neighborhood Council Community Officer Melissa Diner sponsored a resolution that would allow women equal topless rights on Venice Beach. It was adopted by a 12-2 vote, but still requires county and city approval before it can go into effect. That could take time.

“The Venice Neighborhood Council’s approval is a hopeful step forward after our 8 years of activism on Venice Beach,” Terstenjak said. Now it’s time for the city and county to follow up by making equal gender topless rights a priority!”

Meanwhile, she added, GoTopless is inviting both men and women to “stand up with topless pride” on Aug 23 to honor the 95th anniversary of Women’s Equality Day and to support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

“Around the world, gender inequality over the centuries, including exclusively male leadership, caused imbalances that could destroy society,” Terstenjak said. “Spiritual leader Maitreya Rael says society can be preserved only when there’s absolute equality between men and women.”

Enforcement of equal topless rights is a crucial aspect of gender equality, she explained. 

“Scientific evidence shows that banning female toplessness damages brain pathways in women and girls,” Terstenjak said. “We’re inviting women to free their bodies from repression and recover their self-esteem. Freeing the nipples frees minds!”

 

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