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Venice Beach , CA GoTopless Pride Parade to mark 9th Annual GoTopless Day on Aug. 28

LOS ANGELES, August 23 – On August 28, 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 9th 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 Beatrice Charles, who leads the organization’s L.A. branch. 

She said the Los Angeles Pride Parade will begin at Navy St./Boardwalk with speeches about topless equality and the ERA and conclude on Windward Circle.

A year ago in April, Venice Neighborhood Council Community Officer Melissa Diner had 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 9 years of activism on Venice Beach,” Charles 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 28 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,” Charles 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,” Charles 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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Judeo-Christian guilt makes Fort Collins' city council unfit to uphold constitution in topless rights decision

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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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GoTopless asks Harper, Mulcair and Trudeau to stand for the right of women to be topless in public!

Montreal, August 22 – For the 8th consecutive year, the international organization GoTopless is claiming equality for women to be topless anywhere that is permitted for men, and will be out in the streets of Canadian cities – and elsewhere – Sunday August 23rd.

Sylvie Chabot, Raelian Guide and the Gotopless representative for Canada explained: "While some gains in many places in Canada now allow women to exercise this right, few citizens are educated and sometimes even representatives of the law." She added: "Just remember one event that occurred a few weeks ago in Kitchener, Ontario where Tameera, Alysha and Nadia Mohamed sisters were bothered by a police officer of this city for biking shirtless while it is legal in Ontario since 1991." A great mobilization, to which Gotopless participated, had also been organized in Waterloo on August 1st to denounce this deplorable situation.

Gotopless emphasizes that in addition to Ontario, this right is has been legally recognized in Saskatchewan since 1997 and in British Columbia since 2000. It is time that the other provinces follow suit. Gotopless also reminds that the Raelian women, part of the GoTopless group, filed a formal request in August 2014 for support at the offices of Justin Trudeau and Tom Mulclair, requiring that women benefit from the same rights as men. The organization mentioned that these requests remained unanswered.

Sylvie Chabot concluded: "We hope that these two potential Prime Minister of Canada will dare o rule on this women fundamental right in this pre-election period! In the name of freedom and constitutional rights, men and women of different beliefs, sexual orientations and associations will mobilize as long as women are harassed, humiliated or banned from sunbathing topless where men are allowed to, nor to be disturbed when breastfeeding a baby in public."

Gotopless invites all Canadians to join one or the other following actions at 1PM:

Vancouver (BC) : March and demonstration on Robson

Penticton (BC) : Demonstration and March starting at the City Hall 

Saskatoon (SK) : Demonstration, River Beach

Toronto (ON) : Topless bike ride along Lakeshore from Windemere to Coronation Park

Montreal (QC) : Celebration at the Mont-Royal tam-tams on Park Avenue, near the Georges Etienne Cartier monument

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