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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
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.
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For its 10th anniversary, GoTopless organization celebrates a decade of legal accomplishments (uncensored)
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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Paris Jackson invited as guest speaker for NYC Gotopless Day event
LAS VEGAS, Aug. 14 – This year, the organization GoTopless celebrates its 10th anniversary of fighting for equal gender topless equality under the U.S. Constitution. GoTopless was initiated in 2007 by international spiritual leader Rael.
In a statement released today, Rael said, “Prudish Americans are shocked by breasts, yet they’re not shocked by what they create with their infinite wars and bombings. They’re the real barbarians!”
And in a recent interview about equal topless rights, he declared that most world problems today stem from guilt-laden Judeo-Christian values that have been generating frustration and violence for centuries.
“We’ve invited Paris Jackson to be guest speaker for our Gotopless Day event in New York City on August 26,” said Raelian Guide Nadine Gary, president of GoTopless. “We want to share her healthy, holistic approach on going topless to counter those outmoded, body-shaming Judeo-Christian values. GoTopless stands for gender equality, harmony, respect, and freedom of choice.”
She said members of her organization were very moved by some recent pictures of Jackson.
“In those images, she appeared topless before a statue of Buddha, and the pictures were accompanied by wholesome comments about going topless and spirituality,” Gary explained. “In fact, Ms. Jackson’s views harmonize completely with our Raelian philosophy. Rael has explained that a go-topless cultural revolution is necessary for the emancipation for humanity. It’s a way to feel closer to the planet, the environment and the universe, thereby bringing the peace that’s so crucial for today’s bleak international situation.”
Gary pointed out that going topless in public is legal for both men and women in New York City.
“We therefore expect no interference in our organization’s planned events there,” Gary said. “Following our GoTopless Day Parade in honor of Women’s Equality Day, we hope to hear a compelling speech from Ms. Jackson in Bryant Park.”