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22-Aug-2013,
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Sixième édition de la Journée internationale GoTopless pour revendiquer l’égalité du droit des femmes d’être seins nus

Montréal, le 22 août 2013 «Partout dans le monde, la discrimination entre hommes et femmes abonde encore concernant la question du topless», déclare Nadine Gary, présidente de GoTopless, une organisation de femmes qui lutte pour l'égalité des droits aux seins nus sur la base de l'égalité des sexes.

Elle nous informe que l'organisation coordonnera des manifestations pour les droits civiques au topless à travers le monde le 25 août prochain, marquant la sixième année consécutive des actions GoTopless.

Mme Gary fait remarquer qu'à Montréal, il y a quelques semaines, les policiers ont exigé que Rebecca Anne Clark remette son haut de maillot sur une plage publique municipale, sans exiger la même chose de son compagnon. «Aucune femme ne devrait subir une telle humiliation simplement pour se faire bronzer ou marcher dans un parc torse nu alors que les hommes sont autorisés à le faire». GoTopless apportera son support à Rebecca Anne Clark par une manifestation dans les rues de Montréal.

GoTopless a également constaté ce genre de décision contradictoire en Ontario et dans d'autres provinces où il est légal pour les femmes d'être seins nus. Des termes comme "tenue adéquate" ou "troubler la paix" sont couramment utilisés pour effectivement annuler leurs droits au topless. «La situation a changé à Toronto, ce qui nous donne cette année l'occasion de célébrer par l'art, la musique et la danse», explique Sylvie Chabot, responsable de GoTopless Canada.

À Vancouver, il est légal pour les deux sexes d'être topless. Une marche sera organisée afin d'offrir la possibilité aux femmes de découvrir les nombreux effets libérateurs d'être torse nu en public, en étant légalement libre de le faire. «Lorsque les femmes libèrent leurs seins, elles permettent à d'autres femmes de le faire aussi», conclut Mme Chabot.

GoTopless a été lancé par le leader spirituel international Raël, en 2007, suite à la victoire remportée par la militante Phoenix Feeley dans un procès contre la Ville de New York, ce qui a inspiré des milliers de femmes de partout dans le monde à en faire autant.


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Montréal: 13h00 - Place du Canada

Toronto: 12h00 - Parc Ashbridge’s Bay, coin Hubbard Blvd et Hammersmith Ave.

Vancouver: 13h00 - Marche sur l’avenue Robson, de la rue Denman à la rue Hornby
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22-Aug-2013,
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Sixth Canadian GoTopless Day protests to claim women’s equal topless rights

Montreal, August 22, 2013 «Around the world, gender topless discrimination still abounds» said Nadine Gary, president of GoTopless, a women’s organization fighting for equal topless rights on the basis of gender equality.

She said the organization will hold topless civil rights demonstrations worldwide on August 25, marking the sixth straight year it has done so.

Gary pointed out that in Montreal just a few weeks ago, police officers ordered Rebecca Anne Clark to put her top back at a Quebec Beach but not her boyfriend. «No woman should suffer such humiliation simply for sunbathing or walking in a park bare chested when men are allowed to». GoTopless will support Rebecca Anne Clark with a demonstration in Montreal.

GoTopless notices this sort of contradictory ruling in Ontario and in other provinces where women have topless rights. Words like “proper attire” or “disturbing the peace” are commonly used to effectively annul their topless rights. «This has now changed in Toronto and this gives us an opportunity to celebrate with art, music and dance» explained Sylvie Chabot, head of Gotopless-Canada.

In Vancouver toplessness is legal for both sexes. A demonstration will be organised to give the opportunity for women to experience the many liberating feelings of being topless in public and being legally free to do so. «When women free their breasts they empower other women to do the same», added Chabot.

GoTopless was launched by international spiritual leader Rael in 2007 after topless activist Phoenix Feeley won a lawsuit against New York City and inspired women all over the world to do the same.


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Montreal: 1pm - Place du Canada

Toronto: 12pm - Ashbridge’s Bay Park at Hubbard Blvd and Hammersmith Ave.

Vancouver: 1pm - Walk on Robson from Denman to Hornby


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21-Aug-2013,
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Sixth US GoTopless Day protests to claim women’s equal topless rights

Sixth International GoTopless Day protests to claim women’s equal topless rights

“Gender topless discrimination still abounds worldwide,” said Nadine Gary, president of GoTopless, a women’s organization fighting for equal topless rights on the basis of gender equality under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. “Women must have the same legal right to go without a top that men do!”

She said GoTopless will hold its 6th annual topless civil rights demonstrations on August 25. “We’ll be out in force this year, with events in about 30 U.S. cities,” Gary said.

Gotopless was launched by international spiritual leader Rael in 2007 after topless activist Phoenix Feeley won a lawsuit against New York City and was awarded $29,000 in damages.

“New York law allows female toplessless, so after the police wrongfully arrested her for going topless, Phoenix sued and won,” Gary explained, adding that on the issue of public toplessness, the mindset of both the public and the authorities has lagged behind legislative remedies.

“In 1992, the New York Supreme Court applied the constitutional principle of gender equality and ruled in favor of women’s topless rights. Yet in New Jersey, as in most U.S. states and many other countries, this kind of gender discrimination is still rampant.
Just 2 weeks ago, Phoenix Feeley spent 9 days in a New Jersey jail for refusing to pay fines assessed for going topless at the beach. That’s ironic, because back in 1935, on an Atlantic City beach in the same state, 42 men who dared to go topless were fined $82 each for indecent exposure. The very next year, topless restrictions in New Jersey were lifted for men. The time for women to have the same right is long overdue. As Rael puts it, as long as men are allowed to be topless in public, either women should have the same constitutional right or men should also have to wear something to cover their chests!”

What could spur change?

“We need an influential woman to exercise her topless right in public!" Gary exclaimed. “Lady Gaga will be in Brooklyn for the Video Music Awards on GoTopless Day. If she were to go topless there, it would empower other women to ‘free their breasts and free their minds,’ as our GoTopless motto says.”

For participating cities and events, see the “Boob Map” at: [link]
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