According to a site called gotopless.org, women will go topless in 15 US and Canadian cities this Sunday, August 21. The topless events will occur at various times in various cities but many will occur at midday.
Why are women being urged to come together and go topless?
According to the organizers of Go Topless Day, it's all in the name of constitutional equality.
The idea is toproclaim a woman’s constitutional right to go bare-chested in public. During the protest, while participating women go bare, male participants are encouraged to cover their chests with bikini tops or bras to proclaim equal rights for both genders.
“It’s no more ridiculous than women having to wear tops at all time in this double-standard, topless battle that’s being waged in public and in the courts,” said Nadine Gary, president of GoTopless.org.
For Rael, spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement and founder of GoTopless.org, the equation is simple: "As long as men can go topless, either women should have the same constitutional right or men should also be forced to wear something that hides their chests.”
Here are the participating cities, times and specific places for the topless demonstrations:
- Austin, TX
6th Street / Congress
- Asheville, NC
Noon to 5PM
North Avenue Beach (walkway overpass-north of Boathouse)
- Clearwater Beach, FL
Prob. Clear Water Beach
- Honolulu, HI
2434 Kalakaua Ave.
- Los Angeles (Venice Beach)
Ocean Walk and Navy
- Manchester, New Hampshire
Veterans Memorial Park
Elm St. between Central St. and Merrimack St.
- Miami Beach
4PM - Lincoln Rd @ Washington
- New York City
noon to 4 pm
Central Park- Columbus Circle (59th Street / 8th Avenue)
- Portland, OR
Tom McCall Waterfront Park (under the Hawthorne Bridge)
- San Francisco
Mission Dolores Park, Dolores St. & 18th St.
- Washington DC
Capital Reflecting Pool (Madison Dr NW & 3rd St NW)