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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.

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GoTopless denounces Toronto’s discrimination of Ontario provincial law protecting women’s topless rights

TORONTO, Aug 13th - As GoTopless organizes its 5th year of protests worldwide for women’s equal topless rights, many women will gather in the streets of Toronto to expose the city’s discrimination of women’s topless rights established in 1996.

Last year, the Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department has refused to issue the local chapter of GoTopless a permit for their rally on the grounds that the topless women participating in the event would violate the “proper attire”, code that it is still in effect this year.

Sylvie Chabot a Raelian woman priest, head of GoTopless in Canada reacted by saying: “The rule is in pure contradiction with the provincial ruling of 1996 that officially granted women the right to go topless in the province of Ontario.” (ref: Gwen Jacob was acquitted on December 9, 1996 by the Ontario Court of Appeal, )

“If ‘proper attire’ means that women have to hide their chest in Toronto’s public parks and beaches, then men must be forced to do the same on the basis of gender equality!” Chabot added, referring to the very constitutional argument Maitreya Rael, spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement, made as he founded GoTopless in 2007.

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Gotopless organization denounces the Western 'breast hijab' imposed on women at the Olympics and in daily life.’

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 8 – GoTopless, a U.S.-based women’s rights organization fighting for women’s constitutional gender topless equal rights, today denounced the fact that female Olympic athletes aren’t allowed to go topless during their events while men can legally compete in several with bare torsos.

“Meanwhile, the international community is up in arms over some female athletes wearing a hijab that’s not required of their male counterparts,” said Nadine Gary, president of GoTopless, in a statement released by the organization this morning.

She was referring to the Olympic committee’s decision to allow Saudi, Brunei and Qatar sportswomen to compete with covered heads.

“We mustn’t forget that a woman’s right to go topless is just as important as permitting her to go out without a head covering,” Gary said. “During the U.S. versus Spain water polo game, one of the players grabbed the bathing suit of her opponent, briefly exposing her breast. Now, nobody thinks twice about seeing a male nipple, but that split second of female nipple exposure made headlines. In fact, there was considerable discussion about how to prevent such ‘wardrobe malfunction’ in the future!”

Gary pointed out that male swimmers and divers can expose their naked chests while females athletes cannot.
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“Still, the Western world had the nerve to cry foul about gender inequality when some of the women were forced by their home nations to wear a hijab at the games,” Gary said. “We need to acknowledge that the West also imposes a form of hijab on women when they are legally forced to cover their chests in public, and that it is a harshly punished criminal act for women to go bare-breasted, whether in Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, or South America! This form of gender discrimination also stems from a male-dominated religion, just a different one. A law banning female toplessness is clearly unconstitutional unless toplessness is also banned for men. Gender equality at the Olympic Games as well as in everyday life means ‘all or none’ and nothing in between!”

Gary said GoTopless was founded by Maitreya Rael, spiritual leader of the International Raelian Movement (, an “atheistic religion” that denounces all human rights violations worldwide.

“Traditional religions are the main source of human rights abuse,” Gary said. “And that’s especially true for women’s rights violations around the world.”

She added that GoTopless is organizing GoTopless Day rallies throughout the world on August 26 to protest against gender topless inequality.

“Taking part in these rallies is an ideal way to honor Women Equality Day, which is also celebrated on August 26,” Gary said.
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