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

“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.

“We’ll be seen in greater numbers this year, with events in close to 40 cities around the world,” Gary said. “Women must have the same legal right to go without a top that men do!”

She 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, "The NY Supreme Court ruled in favor of Gender topless equality in 1992 and GoTopless wants to see topless gender equality effectively expand around the world because currently topless equal rights violation are rampant.

She pointed out that in Montreal just a few weeks ago, police officers ordered Rebecca Ann Clark to put her top back on at a Quebec Beach but not her boyfriend.

And during this summer’s heat wave in Europe, police reminded Parisians and visitors that it’s illegal for women to go topless in city parks or at Paris-Plage on the bank of the Seine,” Gary said. And in Britain, Scotland Yard issued a statement that women going topless would be tolerated in public ‘unless someone complains.’ Which of course could be any time. Even in Auckland, New Zealand, where it’s already legal for women to go topless, the organizers of “Boobs on Bike” were taken to court in an attempt to stop their annual Bikers’ Topless Parade. In all these places, men can bare their torsos without a thought.”

"Indecency cannot, under any circumstances, override topless gender equality laws! Women's legs were once deemed indecent in public, so was women voting! But gender equality has always had the word." Gary added.

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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