24-Aug-2017,
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Venice Beach, CA legally topless by 2020! GoTopless celebrates its 10th anniversary in VB on Aug. 26

Los Angeles, CA, Aug. 24 - While Gotopless event organizers are getting ready for their multiple marches scheduled next Saturday throughout North America and Europe, the organization's L.A. branch is finalizing its Venice boardwalk parade while hoping to be fully topless by 2020.

For the past 10 years, the organization has held annual GoTopless Day events on August 26 to honor Women's Equality Day commemorating the passing of the 19th Amendment and inspiring women worldwide to stand up for that right. 
“We’re working toward freeing women’s nipples and obtaining equal gender topless rights that are enforced worldwide,” said GoTopless’ Spokesperson, Lia Steinman, who leads the organization’s L.A. branch. 

She said the Los Angeles GoTopless Day Parade will begin at Navy St./Boardwalk at 1PM with speeches about topless equality and the ERA and conclude on Windward Circle.

Two years 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 a decade of activism on Venice Beach,” Steinman said. Now it’s time for the city and county to follow up by making equal gender topless rights a priority!”

GoTopless is aiming at the year 2020 for Venice Beach and the whole state of California to finally obtain its legal topless equality statute, just mirroring NY State legally topless since 1992.

Topless advocate, Anni Ma, inspired by Gotopless activism, is suing the city of Los Angele for gender discrimination during her topless arrest last Spring. Her lawyer is very hopeful with the positive legal outcome of this case.

“2020 marks the 100th  anniversary of the 19th  amendment” Steinman said. “In 1920, women earned their right to vote on the basis of gender equality. The same constitutional principle must apply to the female chest, not only the politically-correct areas of a woman’s life.”

The Gotopless case Tagami vs The City of Chicago will reach the U.S. Supreme Court very soon and Ms. Tagami will be co-leading our parade in Venice.

Nadine Gary, leader of the Gotopless Movement, explained that the state of California, several U.S. states, and many countries around the world ban equal topless rights because of archaic patriarchal values widely perpetrated by Abrahamic religions in Western democracies.
 
“The GoTopless campaign runs much deeper than a little nipple show,” she concluded.  “It rattles an obsolete social system that needs to be overcome for ‘the new human being’ to emerge and a peaceful world along with it.


24-Aug-2017,
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10th anniversary GoTopless Parade in NYC with first-ever topless marching band

New York City, NY, Aug. 24 - While Gotopless event organizers are getting ready for their multiple marches scheduled next Saturday throughout North America and Europe, the organization’s NY City branch is finalizing the preparation of its parade that will, for the first time, include a topless marching band.

Since 2007, the organization has held annual GoTopless Day events on August 26 to honor Women's Equality Day, commemorating the passing of the 19th Amendment and inspired women worldwide to stand up for that right.
 
“Our goal is for equal gender topless rights to be enforced worldwide, freeing women's nipples,” said GoTopless Spokesperson, Kasyo Perrier, who leads GoTopless in NYC. "In New York, police will block off streets to let our GoTopless
Parade pass.”

She said that New York is the ideal location for the parade since it's already legal for women to go topless there.
 
"The parade will start on W. 58th  St. – between 8th  and 9th  Ave – at 12:30 p.m., and end at Bryant park for speeches," Perrier said.
 
This year, the GoTopless parade will include the Fogo Azul women’s marching band that will be performing topless.
 
“They will be the world's first ever topless marching band," remarked Perrier. "These musicians are braving deep social taboos with their presence and are sending a great message of empowerment to fellow women worldwide,” said
Perrier. “At last, free your breasts, free your mind!”
 
“Since 1992, New York has been one of the world’s few cities to legally recognize women’s topless rights,” Perrier said, adding that the past decade has helped to further that right elsewhere. Gotopless inspired the making of the movie ‘Free The Nipple’.  It prompted actresses and performers like Scout Willis, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Iggy Azalea, and recently Paris Jackson and Sasha Pieterse to bare their nipples publicly in support of this cause,” she explained.
 
Nadine Gary, leader of the Gotopless Movement, explained that several U.S. states and many countries around the world continue to ban equal topless rights because of archaic patriarchal values widely perpetrated by Abrahamic religions in Western democracies that make women feel shame and guilt about exposing their breasts and contaminate State laws on a global level. 
 
“The GoTopless campaign runs much deeper than a little nipple show,” said Gary, who is also a Raelian Guide. “It rattles an obsolete social system that needs to be overcome for ‘the New Human Being’ to emerge and a peaceful world along with it.


22-Aug-2017,
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For its 10th anniversary, GoTopless organization celebrates a decade of legal accomplishments (censored)

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 22 - While Gotopless event organizers are getting ready for their multiple marches scheduled next Saturday throughout North America and Europe, it is also time to reflect  on their success in fighting for gender topless equality since 2007, inspiring women worldwide to stand up for that right. For each of its 10 years, the organization has held annual GoTopless Day events on August 26 to honor Women's Equality Day commemorating the passing of the 19th Amendment.
 
Nadine Gary, President of GoTopless said that the Gotopless organization was founded in 2007 following Phoenix Feeley's successful court case against New York City. 
 
“She had been wrongfully arrested for going topless in public,” Gary explained. “It’s been legal for women to go topless in New York State since 1992, so Phoenix sued and won.” 
 
Upon learning of the case, international spiritual leader and gender equality advocate Maitreya Rael initiated GoTopless, saying, “As long as men are allowed to go topless in public, either women should have the same constitutional right or men should also have to wear something to hide their chests.”
 
Soon after its launch, GoTopless triggered a wave of topless activism in the United States.
 
“We raised awareness about our constitutional right to equal gender topless equality and challenged the old Judeo-Christian patriarchal values,” said Gary, who is also a Raelian Guide.
 
33 of the 50 United States are now legally topless for both men and women, and Gary said GoTopless played a role in determining that total.
 
“Our Tagami vs the City of Chicago legal case, is about to reach the Supreme Court and will finally establish the constitutionality of going topless for females on the basis of gender equality nationwide.”
 
Still, more remains to be done, Gary said.
 
“A number of U.S. cities, including Los Angeles and Venice Beach, Calif.; Ocean City, Md.; Fort Collins, Co.; and Springfield, Ms., are trying to​ pass or have passed​ unconstitutional ordinance against female toplessness in spite of state laws allowing it,” she pointed out.
 
GoTopless members and others are challenging the ordinances in court.
 
Abroad, in Canada, GoTopless forced the government of Ontario, a legally topless province, to modify its legal clause to include beaches and parks previously banned for topless women." remarks Gary
 
Throughout Western Europe, GoTopless uncovered blatant gender discrimination in countries where topless equality seemed firmly established like France, Germany or Sweden.
 
“Judeo-Christian morality seems to take precedent over gender equality in most Western democracies and more than ever, while all kinds of discrimination are roaring, we must continue to relentlessly challenge them in court and with our chest out, at least on August 26”. Gary concludes

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