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13-Aug-2012,
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GoTopless denounces Toronto’s discrimination of Ontario provincial law protecting women’s topless rights

TORONTO, Aug 13th - As GoTopless organizes its 5th year of protests worldwide for women’s equal topless rights, many women will gather in the streets of Toronto to expose the city’s discrimination of women’s topless rights established in 1996.

Last year, the Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department has refused to issue the local chapter of GoTopless a permit for their rally on the grounds that the topless women participating in the event would violate the “proper attire”, code that it is still in effect this year.

Sylvie Chabot a Raelian woman priest, head of GoTopless in Canada reacted by saying: “The rule is in pure contradiction with the provincial ruling of 1996 that officially granted women the right to go topless in the province of Ontario.” (ref: Gwen Jacob was acquitted on December 9, 1996 by the Ontario Court of Appeal, http://www.gotopless.org/files/2012-07/Queen_vs_Jacob.pdf )

“If ‘proper attire’ means that women have to hide their chest in Toronto’s public parks and beaches, then men must be forced to do the same on the basis of gender equality!” Chabot added, referring to the very constitutional argument Maitreya Rael, spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement, made as he founded GoTopless in 2007.

08-Aug-2012,
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Gotopless organization denounces the Western 'breast hijab' imposed on women at the Olympics and in daily life.’

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 8 – GoTopless, a U.S.-based women’s rights organization fighting for women’s constitutional gender topless equal rights, today denounced the fact that female Olympic athletes aren’t allowed to go topless during their events while men can legally compete in several with bare torsos.

“Meanwhile, the international community is up in arms over some female athletes wearing a hijab that’s not required of their male counterparts,” said Nadine Gary, president of GoTopless, in a statement released by the organization this morning.

She was referring to the Olympic committee’s decision to allow Saudi, Brunei and Qatar sportswomen to compete with covered heads.

“We mustn’t forget that a woman’s right to go topless is just as important as permitting her to go out without a head covering,” Gary said. “During the U.S. versus Spain water polo game, one of the players grabbed the bathing suit of her opponent, briefly exposing her breast. Now, nobody thinks twice about seeing a male nipple, but that split second of female nipple exposure made headlines. In fact, there was considerable discussion about how to prevent such ‘wardrobe malfunction’ in the future!”

Gary pointed out that male swimmers and divers can expose their naked chests while females athletes cannot.
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“Still, the Western world had the nerve to cry foul about gender inequality when some of the women were forced by their home nations to wear a hijab at the games,” Gary said. “We need to acknowledge that the West also imposes a form of hijab on women when they are legally forced to cover their chests in public, and that it is a harshly punished criminal act for women to go bare-breasted, whether in Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, or South America! This form of gender discrimination also stems from a male-dominated religion, just a different one. A law banning female toplessness is clearly unconstitutional unless toplessness is also banned for men. Gender equality at the Olympic Games as well as in everyday life means ‘all or none’ and nothing in between!”

Gary said GoTopless was founded by Maitreya Rael, spiritual leader of the International Raelian Movement (rael.org), an “atheistic religion” that denounces all human rights violations worldwide.

“Traditional religions are the main source of human rights abuse,” Gary said. “And that’s especially true for women’s rights violations around the world.”

She added that GoTopless is organizing GoTopless Day rallies throughout the world on August 26 to protest against gender topless inequality.

“Taking part in these rallies is an ideal way to honor Women Equality Day, which is also celebrated on August 26,” Gary said.
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31-Jul-2012,
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GoTopless vows to hold Asheville demonstration as conservatives attempt to block it

ASHEVILLE, N.C., July 31 – With local conservatives attempting to block an upcoming August 26 demonstration by women’s rights organization GoTopless in Asheville, N.C., GoTopless today released a statement declaring its resolve to continue fighting for gender equality under the Constitution, including the right to freely and legally go publicly topless as men do.

“We plan to hold our scheduled event in Asheville,” said GoTopless President and Spokesperson Nadine Gary. “It’s especially important that our message be heard there because some local politicians are making false accusations against our organization for their own purposes.”

She said Asheville conservatives, led by Carl Mumpower and Chad Nesbitt, recently sent a draft resolution to city officials in hopes of thwarting the August 26 event.

“Their resolution stated that last year’s GoTopless rally included, among other things, activities involving sexual performances, fondling of breasts, direct participation by underage minors, and exposure of minors to sexual acts. “These are absurd accusations and they are completely false.”

Mumpower is using the accusations as a political springboard, according to Gary.

“To further his political ambitions, he’s taking our event grossly out of context,” she said. “Our upcoming demonstration is just that, a demonstration, and further, it’s a demonstration of something that is perfectly legal in Asheville. In fact, the right to go topless should be acknowledged as a woman’s constitutional rights across the United States.”

She said walking topless in the streets of Asheville has nothing to do with sexuality.

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