Gotopless Day Aug 23 08 NYC Gothamist article and many pix
August 25, 2008
Topless Day in Central Park
National Go Topless Day was held over the weekend, and protesters were out in full force in and around Central Park to fight for their rights to be topless in public. Of course, in New York it is legal--in 1992 the NY State Appeals Court ruled that women have the right to go topless, just like men. The Empire State ladies were merely marching in support of the women who get fined, humiliated and arrested around the nation. Some of the picket signs read: "Shame is Lethal, Go Top Free & Be Healthy," "Breasts Are No Longer Indecent in NY," and of course the 'ol standy, "Free Your Breasts, Free Your Mind."
As the founder of GoTopless.org, Rael, put it: "as long as men can be topless, constitutionally women should have the same right, or men should also be forced to wear something hiding their chest." Amen, sister. (You've been warned: these images are NSFW!)
Gotopless day Aug 23 08 Los Angeles LAist article
August 26, 2008
Shirts Off! Equal Rights for Topless Women Demanded
This past weekend, women took to Venice Beach to protest their right to to be topless in public. "As long as men can be topless, constitutionally women should have the same right, or men should also be forced to wear something hiding their chest," says Founder of GoTopless.org, Rael. In the state of New York, it is legal to go topless on those very same grounds.
"This is quite a contradiction to the gospel concert taking place just a few yards away," someone was overheard humorously saying. Other people were heard saying things like "get over the nipplephobia," "yeah, equal rights for everyone," and "this is the best day LA has ever seen." Well, maybe not the best day, but definitely the one of the more interesting ones. LAist Photographer Tom Andrews was out there to check it out -- here's some of what he saw.