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10-Sep-2017,
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GoTopless supports High School Student behind Berkeley’s Topless Equality bill

San Francisco, CA, Sept. 11 - GoTopless is thrilled to reveal that the ‘Topless Equality’ proposal submitted by Berkeley councilman, Kriss Worthington to be voted on Sept 12, is actually the initiative of a High School student in the Bay area.

“High School student, Simone was a Berkeley City Hall intern working for Worthington over the summer,” Nadine Gary, president of GoTopless explains “that is how she suggested the proposal to the councilman.  Worthington encourages his interns to write proposals on causes they are particularly drawn to." 

The following statement in Worthington’s Topless Equality recommendation was crafted by Simone: "If a woman's nipples are fit to be seen by the most innocent and impressionable portion of the population, babies and toddlers, then it stands to reason that nipples are not inherently sexual and are fit to be seen by the rest of the population, if that woman so chooses,"

“Gotopless commands this young woman on her determination for human equality, “ says Gary “her sense of civic duty far surpasses the one found in millions of Americans who already have voting privileges and are apathetic to social justice except for, perhaps, the occasional comment on social media.

"Action speaks louder than words" presses Gary "Maitreya Rael who inspired the foundation of GoTopless calls this a true cultural revolution".

GoTopless invites the public to come to Berkeley Council Chambers on Tuesday Sept 12 at 6pm to support the bill legally titled as Adopt an Ordinance Equalizing Nudity Laws in Berkeley Between All Genders by Decriminalizing the Display of Female Nipples”.

 


04-Sep-2017,
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GoTopless supports Councilman Worthington on his Berkeley, CA topless proposal

Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle: Rene Messick laughs as Chelsea Ducote paints her chest during Go Topless Day at Dolores Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, August 23, 2015

San Francisco CA,  Sept 5 -  GoTopless is thrilled to learn that councilman Kriss Worthington has launched a proposal to annul the antiquated and sexist indecent exposure law concerning women going topless in public in Berkeley, CA.

The proposed ordinance reads: “If a woman's nipples are fit to be seen by the most innocent and impressionable portion of the population, babies and toddlers, then it stands to reason that nipples are not inherently sexual and are fit to be seen by the rest of the population, if that woman so chooses.”

"We wholeheartedly applaud this proposal," said Nadine Gary, President of GoTopless, "we have actively fought for topless equality for the last decade and are delighted to see political figures stand up for this gender equality matter".

Gary remembers that in 2015, councilwoman Melissa Diner of District 11 of the City of Los Angeles had launched a similar proposal for her Venice Beach neighborhood but the Los Angeles City Council  had not acted on it stating more pressing priorities.

"It is quite an oddity to see California react so conservatively on equal gender topless rights when it's been legal in the state of New York for 25 years already!"  remarks Gary. "Let is see how Worthington's proposal fairs, it will be considered by Berkeley's city council meeting on Sept 12."

Another legal matter may soon improve gender equality: GoTopless' court case Tagami VS The City of Chicago soon to reach the U.S. Supreme Court. "It is likely to finally offer some well needed constitutional light on women's topless right."  says Gary

Gotopless just celebrated its 10th anniversary on Aug. 26, 2017, honoring Women Equality Day with GoTopless events in many cities throughout the Western world, including 40 in the US alone.


24-Aug-2017,
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10th anniversary GoTopless Parade in NYC with first-ever topless marching band

New York City, NY, Aug. 24 - While Gotopless event organizers are getting ready for their multiple marches scheduled next Saturday throughout North America and Europe, the organization’s NY City branch is finalizing the preparation of its parade that will, for the first time, include a topless marching band.

Since 2007, the organization has held annual GoTopless Day events on August 26 to honor Women's Equality Day, commemorating the passing of the 19th Amendment and inspired women worldwide to stand up for that right.
 
“Our goal is for equal gender topless rights to be enforced worldwide, freeing women's nipples,” said GoTopless Spokesperson, Kasyo Perrier, who leads GoTopless in NYC. "In New York, police will block off streets to let our GoTopless
Parade pass.”

She said that New York is the ideal location for the parade since it's already legal for women to go topless there.
 
"The parade will start on W. 58th  St. – between 8th  and 9th  Ave – at 12:30 p.m., and end at Bryant park for speeches," Perrier said.
 
This year, the GoTopless parade will include the Fogo Azul women’s marching band that will be performing topless.
 
“They will be the world's first ever topless marching band," remarked Perrier. "These musicians are braving deep social taboos with their presence and are sending a great message of empowerment to fellow women worldwide,” said
Perrier. “At last, free your breasts, free your mind!”
 
“Since 1992, New York has been one of the world’s few cities to legally recognize women’s topless rights,” Perrier said, adding that the past decade has helped to further that right elsewhere. Gotopless inspired the making of the movie ‘Free The Nipple’.  It prompted actresses and performers like Scout Willis, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Iggy Azalea, and recently Paris Jackson and Sasha Pieterse to bare their nipples publicly in support of this cause,” she explained.
 
Nadine Gary, leader of the Gotopless Movement, explained that several U.S. states and many countries around the world continue to ban equal topless rights because of archaic patriarchal values widely perpetrated by Abrahamic religions in Western democracies that make women feel shame and guilt about exposing their breasts and contaminate State laws on a global level. 
 
“The GoTopless campaign runs much deeper than a little nipple show,” said Gary, who is also a Raelian Guide. “It rattles an obsolete social system that needs to be overcome for ‘the New Human Being’ to emerge and a peaceful world along with it.

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