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Topless Equality challenges U.S. courts on GoTopless 10th anniversary (censored)
LAS VEGAS, Aug. 9 – On Aug 26, the organization GoTopless will celebrate its 10th anniversary of fighting for constitutional topless equality. Its activism has sparked significant court cases.
“We pose the politically incorrect question: Is gender equality applicable to women's nipples in 21st Century society or or will Judeo-Christian values dictate legislation concerning women's bodies? said Nadine Gary, GoTopless President and Raelian Priestess “The right to go topless was granted to men 80 years ago.
She said a key topless equality case is now before the courts: Tagami vs the city of Chicago.
“After 3 years, we’re nearing the appeal date at the Supreme Court,” Gary explained. “The case involves Gotopless activist Sonoko Tagami, who was in court in 2014 after going topless on Chicago's North Beach.”
Tagami is represented by Chicago attorney Joel Flaxman.
On June 12, Flaxman said, “We’re still awaiting a ruling in the appeal as to whether Tagami’s protest for topless equality is protected by the [US] Constitution. We’re heartened that similar challenges are being made across the country.”
Gary said three additional cases challenging topless gender discrimination prove the necessity for a Supreme Court ruling.
“One case is in an early stage, with topless activist, Anni Ma suing the city of Los Angeles,” she said. “And on February 21 in Colorado, District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson granted an injunction to halt a Fort Collins ordinance prohibiting women from showing breasts in public. He said the ordinance discriminated against women and perpetuated stereotypes sexualizing female breasts. That case involved topless activist Brit Hoagland.”
Gary said the third additional case is in Ocean City, Md., where the city council passed an emergency ordinance on June 10 to prevent women from going topless. In response, the office of the Attorney General of Maryland issued a letter of support referring to the United States VS Biocic that stated:
"The important government interest is the widely recognized one of protecting the moral sensibilities of that substantial segment of society that still does not want to be exposed willy-nilly to public displays of various portions of their fellow citizens' anatomies that traditionally in this society have been regarded as erogenous zones. These still include (whether justifiably or not in the eyes of all) the female, but not the male, breast. "
“We’ll continue to denounce this discriminatory "moral sensibility" both here in the US and internationally," Gary concluded. "We won't stop until we achieve gender topless equality."
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2017 is ‘Equal Topless Rights Year’ says women's organization GoTopless (censored)
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8 – GoTopless, the organization that launched the Equal Topless Rights Movement, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017. Its court case, Tagami vs. the City of Chicago, is also slated to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this year.
“Hopefully that hearing will precede our annual GoTopless Day, which this year falls on August 26, Women’s Equality Day, 97 years after the 19th Amendment granted equal voting rights to women,” said GoTopless President Nadine Gary.
She said GoTopless’s cultural revolution targets “the sexist, monotheistic, male- dominated culture that plagues our society.”
Rael, the Raelian Movement’s spiritual leader, inspired GoTopless, and stated: “Muslims force women to wear burqas and niqabs, but that same sexist mindset forces Western women to wear tops in public.” He added that “hypocritical” politicians” support gender equal rights but not topless equality, and said cultural revolutions consist of details: “…Equal topless rights appear insignificant compared to war, violence and starvation, but achieving those rights will have a healing impact on those male-created horrors.” [See Rael's speech here:]
“Melania Trump had an uninhibited European upbringing regarding nudity,
so we’re asking her to promote topless equality and empower others to demand this fundamental constitutional right,” Gary said. “Equal topless rights would heal the body guilt and shame women have endured for centuries and free men from obsessive behavior over breasts, which comes from discriminatory topless laws.”
“We hope the Supreme Court will reverse this decades-old gender discrimination (men have been able to go topless since 1936) by upholding the 14th Amendment that grants equal rights. Gender equality must prevail, either by granting women equal topless rights or by eliminating the men’s. Separate gender rights is unconstitutional.”
Gary said GoTopless is prodding society to give women the same rights men have, especially in the taboo area of topless equality.
“Topless equality is a blow to male dominance since controlling women’s bodies has always been a key part of that dominance,” Gary said. “Rael emphasizes that when women are fully empowered, their caring nature as life bearers can heal the unspeakable mess created in a world ruled exclusively by testosterone. Equal gender topless rights will empower today’s women as much as equal gender voting rights empowered 20th century women.”
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Topless rights case just one short step from U.S. Supreme Court
CHICAGO, Nov. 22 – On Nov. 1, a three-judge panel at the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals heard oral arguments for equal topless rights in Tagami v. City of Chicago,bringing the legal battle launched by the women’s organization GoTopless just one step away from the U.S. Supreme Court.
“On August 24, 2013, police ticketed GoTopless activist Sonoko Tagami for indecent exposure for appearing bare-chested at an annual GoTopless Day rally at North Lake Beach in Chicago,” said GoTopless President Nadine Gary. “None of the shirtless men present were ticketed for the same behavior, so Tagami sued the city of Chicago for discrimination.”
Attorney Kenneth Flaxman has been defending Tagami’s equal topless rights since the beginning of her legal battle three years ago.
“He’s basing his arguments on the first and fourteenth amendments of the U.S. Constitution,” Gary said. “After he argued the case before the Court of Appeals last week, he reported that one judge seemed to favor equal topless rights while another expressed the view that a woman's body contains more erogenous areas than a man’s, implying that the law shouldn’t ignore established social sensibilities concerning the covering of female breasts.”
The third judge, the only male on the panel, remained silent on the issue, according to Gary. Adding that the panel will render its opinion sometime in the next twelve months, she quoted Flaxman as saying, “If the court upholds the current restriction on topless rights, we will seek further review before the Court of Appeals. And if that is unsuccessful, we will seek further review by the United States Supreme Court.”
“The GoTopless cultural revolution initiated by spiritual leader Rael in 2007 will celebrate its tenth anniversary on Women’s Equality Day, Aug. 26, 2017,” Gary said.