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Sunday's 'GoTopless Pride Parade' to end at Brooklyn's new boob-themed bar
"New York is the ideal location for the world's first GoTopless Pride Parade,” said Rachel Jessee, GoTopless spokesperson and leader of GoTopless in NYC. “Since 1992, it’s been one of the few cities in the United States or the world where women's topless rights are already recognized by law.”
She said her organization is inviting both men and women “to stand up with topless pride” on Sunday in honor of Women's Equality Day.
"There’s nothing more empowering for a woman than to free her body from the shackles of repression," Jesse said. “Freeing her body allows her to free her mind as well, and also to mend her self-image and self-esteem."
Jesse said “topless and joyful performances” will take place all Sunday afternoon as the Go Topless Pride Parade makes its way from Columbus Circle through Times Square to Bryant Park. The parade will begin at 2 p.m.
"After the parade, all participants are welcome to end the GoTopless Day festivities with a fun get-together at the Boobie Trap, a recently opened, boob-themed bar in Brooklyn,” Jessee said. She added that her organization’s goal is to make female toplessness “a non-event.”
“We hope that by participating in annual topless festivities, New York City women and women around the world will feel increasingly comfortable to go topless in public,” Jessee said. “When a woman’s uncovered chest in public becomes the simple non-event it already is for a man, we will have accomplished our mission.”
Tata Tops to cover chests of GoTopless participants in Venice, Calif., event on Aug. 24
LAS VEGAS, AUG. 22 – Venice, Calif., is about to witness its seventh annual GoTopless event in honor of Women's Equality Day on Sunday, August 24, according to a statement released today by GoTopless.
“In this city, as in most places around the world, women still can’t lawfully go bare-chested, although their male counterparts have had that privilege for decades,” said Lara Terstenjak, Los Angeles leader of GoTopless. “It’s time to celebrate women's topless pride in spite of all the silly and unconstitutional restrictions posed by local laws.”
She said the creators of Tata Top Bikinis, Michelle Lytle and Robyn Graves, offered to provide “breast look-alike bikini tops” specifically for the Venice GoTopless event, and that GoTopless accepted the offer with gratitude.
“By wearing Tata Tops, we’ll demonstrate just how incredibly ridiculous the current law is,” Terstenjak explained. “Women can legally wear bikini tops painted to look exactly like real breasts, but they can’t show their own!”
Taking the point a bit further, she added:
"Imagine if, 100 years ago, women had worn pants with lifelike knees painted on them. Many people in 2014 don’t know it, but women’s knees were considered too indecent to show back then. Today, no one bats an eye at the sight of an uncovered woman's knee. Soon it will be the same for bare breasts! How silly it is to have to wear painted ones!
She said the Venice GoTopless event will kick off at 2 p.m. with a “silent sit-in” on the beach near Boardwalk and Navy.
“At the sit-in, men will be invited to wear Tata Tops along with the women to show their support for equal topless rights,” Terstenjak said. They’ll be saying, ‘Either we all can go topless or no one can!’”
After the sit-in, the group will “joyfully make its way down the boardwalk toward Windward Circle,” according to Terstenjak.
“Our intent is to raise public awareness of Gender Topless Equality and the importance of abolishing all gender discrimination,” she said. “Women's self-esteem and empowerment depend on eliminating such discrimination in all its forms, once and for all!”
GoTopless: Raelian women ask Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair to support Canada's Constitution
GoTopless spokesperson, Sylvie Chabot, explained: "In Montreal, this year's event will be held on Sunday, August 24 at 1pm, by the Georges Étienne Cartier monument. It is interesting to note that engraved on this monument one can read, ‘Canada must be a country of freedom and all freedoms must be protected by the Law,’ Cartier, 1867. Nearly 150 years have passed and it is time for this quote to materialize."
GoTopless is inviting Montreal residents to participate in this event which they point out will increase pressure on the government to amend current laws. In Vancouver, a GoTopless walk will take place on Robson street starting at 1pm.
When asked why Chabot feels the need for laws to change she said "Because the Constitution guarantees equal rights for women as it does men yet there are laws in place which are going against the Constitution! Furthermore, by now it should be clear to everyone, especially women, that the conservative and regressive policies of Stephen Harper’s government have not improved women’s situations in Canada. To name just a few examples, the termination of the federal childcare program, the huge reduction of the budget allocated to the Feminine Condition, the cancellation of the Court Challenges Program which was specifically designed to facilitate aid for those addressing matters of constitutional equality, etc."
Raelian women believe that Mr. Justin Trudeau and Mr. Thomas Mulcair would make far better advocates for women's rights in Canada and have filed a formal request for support to their offices in Montreal to ensure that women have the same rights as men.
Chabot continued, "In this case it means that women can exercise their constitutional right to move about wherever they please in public with their breasts exposed if they so wish," August 26 will be Women’s Equality Day and will be held in several cities around the world. Our campaign is part of a broader movement to end all forms of discrimination and repression against women."
Many have praised the women like Romana Santorelli, Phoenix Feeley and Gwen Jacob who have vigorously defended this right through their individual action and who have even been successful in having laws amended in Ontario. Raelians are not the only ones who praise these women but say that these women are role models for all other Canadian provinces and, thanks to their courage, politicians should be inspired to change the laws and make them more equitable and unbiased.
Chabot concluded by saying "It is in the name of freedom and Constitutional Rights that men and women of different faiths, sexual orientations and associations will mobilize on August 24th so that never again will women be humiliated or prohibited from sunbathing topless wherever men can, or be reprimanded when breastfeeding in public. We invite Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Mulcair to speak out on women’s right to be bare-breasted wherever men are given this right. We also invite all those who believe in equality for women and men to come out and join us in this cause on August 24."