15-Aug-2012,
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Open Letter to the French Minister of Women's Rights

To, Ms. Najat Vallaud-Belkacem
Minister of Women's Rights


Madam Minister,

Please accept our sincere congratulations on your recent nomination to this very important position, one that is vital for the evolution of our society.

As August 26th draws near, anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights , which ensures equal rights for all – a tenet with a built-in constitutional value – the GoTopless organization would like to call your attention on a very unpleasant situation instigated by the authorities during a demonstration that took place in Paris last year.

As a matter of information, GoTopless was founded in 2007 by Rael, spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement. Each year, on this day, numerous marches take place around the world to celebrate gender equality, and thousands of women and men of various beliefs, religious affiliations, and sexual orientations take part in the event.

Simply put: so long as men have the right to walk in public with their bare chest exposed, women should have that same right. In other words, topless for all or for no one. This is gender equality in its simplest form and it is even proclaimed in the preamble of the 1946 Constitution, which means it has a constitutional value.

A year ago, for the first time in Paris, an awareness march was organized to encourage women to use their constitutional right to be “topless” in public. At one point during the event, the Paris police illegally surrounded a small group of six women and three men that was in the process of joining the larger group and ordered them to stay still.

Following this most bizarre police intervention, the six women were then taken to the police station where they were detained for several hours and deprived of their freedom and their right to participate in the march. No reason or explanation was ever given to them. Meanwhile, the men were able to proceed to the march without having their freedom infringed by a sexist and unprincipled police force.

On August 26th of this year, a march will again be organized in Paris. It will evidently be an opportunity to publicly denounce, on an international scale, the attitude that France, a country that pretends to champion Human Rights, has when it comes to gender equality.

How is it possible for a country that has witnessed, on August 26th 1789, the birth of the Declaration of Human Rights to become so extremely indifferent and disrespectful of these rights?


14-Aug-2012,
in Press Releases

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GoTopless petitions Obama administration to uphold women’s topless rights under the Constitution

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 15 – GoTopless, a U.S.-based organization dedicated to attaining women’s rights to go bare-chested, today announced that it is petitioning the Obama administration to have that right recognized nationally. The petition has been launched this week ahead of International GoTopless Day, August 26, a date chosen to coincide with Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the attainment of women’s voting rights on Aug. 26, 1920.

GoTopless is also writing directly to President Obama to obtain his support.*

“Any state or local law making it illegal for a woman to go topless is unconstitutional, but most people don’t know that,” said GoTopless President Nadine Gary. “That’s why we’re taking the issue of topless rights to the top by demanding the president’s attention to this issue. A woman’s right to go topless falls under the 14th Amendment’s gender equality provision, and nobody knows that better than President Obama. He taught constitutional law.”

The GoTopless petition is posted on the White House website.**

“We urge people nationwide to sign it,” Gary said. “We need 25,000 signatures to meet our goal.”

She added that topless rights are now where men’s were a century ago.



14-Aug-2012,
in Misc

Open Letter to President Obama

Dear President Obama,

My name is Lara Terstenjak and I am the director of GoTopless, a women’s rights organization that claims women’s constitutional right to go topless in public on the basis of gender equality.  You once taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago, so you, of all people, are most aware that our claim is legitimate and that women in America are currently denied their constitutional rights under double-standard laws that force them to cover their chests in public while men don’t have to do this.

Therefore, unless these laws are changed, the only constitutional way to resolve this issue is to apply the solution offered by Rael, founder of GoTopless, fervent human rights activist and spiritual leader of the International Raelian Movement (rael.org). His position is simple: “Men must be forced to hide their chests if women are forced to hide theirs.”A few years ago, while you were vacationing in Hawaii, a topless picture of you appeared in the media. Mr. President, how would you like being legally forced to hide your chest on a nice, warm beach day? According to the Constitution, this is what will need to happen if U.S. laws refuse to acknowledge a woman’s right to freely go topless in public. Gender equality means “all or none.”
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