10th anniversary GoTopless Parades in 19 American cities and many large cities around the world
Washington, DC, Aug. 25 - The Gotopless event organizers are reporting at least 19 events in the USA and 40 events worldwide to be held on Saturday August 26 in honor of Women's Equality Day. Their goal is to request equal gender topless rights for men and women.
“The list of the cities where Gotopless rallies will take place is growing every year” said Nadine Gary, leader of the Worldwide Gotopless Movement and Raelian Guide. “ Each city brings its own color in the topless panorama. NYC will have the world's first topless marching band ever; participants in LA will have to cover their nipples as in Phoenix, Az, Chicago,Il and Duluth, Mn, cities where going topless is still banned.
However, they will all bring their peaceful and joyful determination to be respected as a human being and not to be discriminated against because of the size of their breasts.”
“Our hope is to have millions joining our events in 2020 when we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment” Gary 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 women gathered in Washington DC, a legally topless city, on Saturday will have a special thought for the congresswomen who fought this year to have the right to attend sessions bare armed. “The female representatives of this country had to comply with archaic rules preventing them from showing the skin of their arms when in Congress until 2017. They won the right to wear sleeveless tops by unifying and defying. The thousands of women supporting the Gotopless movement are unifying and will defy again on Saturday and every year until they are granted equal topless rights”.
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.
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