Thousands join GoTopless protest in Asheville, NC in Aug 2011
GoTopless Asheville, Aug. 21, 2011, was a most extraordinary event! Some Ashevillians claimed that more people attended than at any other downtown Asheville event, except for the annual ‘Bele Chere Festival”, which occurred a few weeks before.
Scheduled for 1pm-3pm, by 12:30pm there were already some 500 attendees, most of which were men with cameras - and wearing T-shirts. It was certainly an intimidating moment for us women to arrive to such a large crowd of what seemed to be “spectators” waiting with their cameras to see naked breasts.
But as the minutes proceeded, even though some women left the event as soon as they arrived (due to the intimidating scene of so many spectators), more and more women arrived and removed their tops. And soon after, a growing number of men began to put on bikini tops, bras, or covering their nipples with red tape, to support women's topless inequality.
Moments before the march began, our facilitator, Livienne Love, offered a powerful speech to a large crowd of topless women and their loving men friends behind them showing their support with covered nipples. After Liv’s speech, the crowd was pumped! Liv then began to lead the march with all the rest of the courageous topless women in the front with her, through the historic streets of downtown Asheville.