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23-Aug-2014,
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Sunday's 'GoTopless Pride Parade' to end at Brooklyn's new boob-themed bar

NEW YORK CITY, August 23 – This Sunday, August 24, the women's rights organization GoTopless will hold Go Topless Pride Parades and other events in New York City and over 60 other cities worldwide for the 7th annual GoTopless Day, according to a statement released today by GoTopless.

"New York is the ideal location for the world's first GoTopless Pride Parade,” said Rachel Jessee, GoTopless spokesperson and leader of GoTopless in NYC. “Since 1992, it’s been one of the few cities in the United States or the world where women's topless rights are already recognized by law.”

She said her organization is inviting both men and women “to stand up with topless pride” on Sunday in honor of Women's Equality Day.

"There’s nothing more empowering for a woman than to free her body from the shackles of repression," Jesse said. “Freeing her body allows her to free her mind as well, and also to mend her self-image and self-esteem."

Jesse said “topless and joyful performances” will take place all Sunday afternoon as the Go Topless Pride Parade makes its way from Columbus Circle through Times Square to Bryant Park. The parade will begin at 2 p.m.

"After the parade, all participants are welcome to end the GoTopless Day festivities with a fun get-together at the Boobie Trap, a recently opened, boob-themed bar in Brooklyn,” Jessee said. She added that her organization’s goal is to make female toplessness “a non-event.”

“We hope that by participating in annual topless festivities, New York City women and women around the world will feel increasingly comfortable to go topless in public,” Jessee said. “When a woman’s uncovered chest in public becomes the simple non-event it already is for a man, we will have accomplished our mission.”
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19-Aug-2014,
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GoTopless Pride Parade and other events around the world on Aug 24

LAS VEGAS, August 20 - The women's rights organization GoTopless will hold Go Topless Pride Parades and other events in over 60 cities worldwide for its 7th annual GoTopless Day,August 24, according to a statement released today by GoTopless.

“Equal topless rights for women is a constitutional right,” said Rachel Jessee, New York City’s GoTopless leader. “The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution specifies equal rights for everyone. That includes the right to expose body parts common to both genders, including the chest and nipples."

The states of New York, Texas and North Carolina are a few states that already honor the Constitution but many cities in those states have passed unconstitutional ordinances to prevent women from going sans shirt.

GoTopless’s goal is “to eliminate the current double standard,” Jessee said. “If women can’t go topless, the only way to ensure equality is to make men cover their chests too, as spiritual leader Rael declared when he inspired GoTopless in 2007.”

Jessee pointed out that before 1936, people thought it indecent for men to go bare-chested in public.

“Women's ankles, knees and belly buttons were taboo back then, but today nobody bats an eye,” Jessee said. “Why should showing breasts be different?”

She emphasized that GoTopless members don’t bare their breasts to attract attention.

“Showing female breasts should be a natural part of life, a non-event,” Jessee said. “The right to go topless is immensely empowering for women after centuries of living under macho laws and puritanical Judeo-Christian values.”

Living under such constraints is debilitating to a woman’s self-esteem and body image, Jessee said.

"At our events, we invite all women to celebrate their bodies and femininity,” Jessee explained. "Women are life bearers! How can their breasts and nipples be considered indecent?”

The idea that bare female breasts pose a threat to society or to children is absurd, she said.

“Children are nurtured by breasts,” she pointed out. “Showing those breasts is a powerful way to emphasize women’s nurturing role in our ailing world.”

As a member of the Raelian Movement, Jessee follows an atheistic, creationist philosophy.

“Raelianism encourages me to embrace my nudity,” she said. “The body is a masterpiece, engineered in the image of our creators, the Elohim. Guilt and shame aren’t part of my value system and shouldn't be part of anyone else’s. The shaming of women and girls violates human rights and should be illegal.”

For the list of participating cities, see gotopless.org/gotoplessday
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02-Jun-2014,
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Demi Moore’s daughter invited to New York City’s first GoTopless Pride Parade

LAS VEGAS, June 2 – The organization GoTopless will hold its 7th annual GoTopless Day events worldwide on Aug. 24 in honor of Women’s Equality Day.

“We’re inviting Demi Moore’s daughter, Scout Willis, to New York City’s first GoTopless Pride Parade,” said Rachel Jessee, GoTopless spokesperson and leader of GoTopless NYC. “By walking topless in New York City this past week, she showed that a woman’s breasts are nothing to be ashamed of, and that the sight of a woman’s body is natural, noble and dignifying. In our events this year, we especially want to convey a sense of pride in female top-lessness. We want all the shame and guilt to fade away.”

Other invited celebrities include Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Amanda Palmer.

“We’re hoping they’ll show their GoTopless pride and inspire the women’s community around the world,” Jessee said, adding that GoTopless is a “feminine activist organization seeking women’s constitutional right to go publicly topless.”

“It’s a matter of gender equality,” Jessee explained. “Men earned the right to go topless 82 years ago and it’s time for women to have that same right! But note that we’re a feminine organization, not a feminist one. We won’t act manly to earn our rights. Femininity anchored in determination will win our cause.”

She pointed out that women earned the right to vote based on gender equality.

“That’s why GoTopless Day Pride falls on or near Aug 26, Women’s Equality Day,” Jessee said. “We’re demanding gender equality for topless rights. As international spiritual leader Rael, who founded GoTopless in 2007, puts it, ‘As long as men are allowed to go topless in public, either women should have the same constitutional right or men should also have to wear something that hides their chests.’”

Two GoTopless Pride Parades are planned for the United States: in New York City and Hollywood, with more than 50 other cities participating in other GoTopless Pride events.
(See the GoTopless Pride Map at: [link]

“New York has been legally topless for women since 1992, but Los Angeles still bans it,”
Jessee said.

GoTopless’s 7-year campaign has even led to the making of a movie, “Free the Nipple,” directed by Lina Esco.

“It will be released soon,” Jessee said.
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