21-Aug-2018,
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11th annual GoTopless Day, Aug 26: Constitutional Gender Topless Equality means “all or none”.

 

Las Vegas, NV, Aug 23 - The 11th annual GoTopless Day will take place in cities across the US, Canada and worldwide on August 26 in commemoration of Women Equality Day (the passing of the 19th amendment).

"As long as men are allowed to be topless in public, women should have the same constitutional right” stated Maitreya Rael, international spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement who inspired the creation of the women’s organization, GoTopless in 2007.

“This would seem a straightforward argument” noted Nadine Gary, president of GoTopless and Raelian Guide “but in high courts, topless activists are being confronted with judges’ claims that ‘morality’ and ‘people’s sensibilities’ supersede constitutional gender equality.”

“Our request for a hearing of the Gotopless court case Sonoko vs The City of Chicago was turned down by the U.S. Supreme Court a few months ago” Gary explained “so the fate of Topless Equality is currently left to each State though 33 of them are legally topless”.

“Morality, then, is the only ‘legal’ argument blocking  topless equality ” emphasizes Gary “and it is deeply rooted in the Judeo-Christian values of shame and guilt”.

“But what could be immoral about a human body part allegedly made in the image of "the creator(s)" as the Bible reminds Christians and Jews?” Gary pondered. "‘People’s morals’ and ‘sensibilities’ are highly subjective and not necessarily constitutional as most judges admit. Women's right to vote was once considered indecent and yet, when challenged by enough of them, the Constitution rightfully prevailed".

“Now, if courts decide that women’s topless rights are just too challenging for ‘people’s morals’ and ‘sensibilities’ in Western Democracies in the 21st century,  then there is only two viable options to preserve constitutional gender equality: “men should be forced to wear something to hide their chests,” as Rael declared a decade ago and/or "thousands of women should take on the streets topless” adds Gary.  Their peaceful nipples shall overcome the local forces who won't have enough time to fine or lock them all.”

The  goal of Gotopless is to inspire both actions in US streets and in all Western democracies, on August 26th because  equal means all or none !

Refer to the gotopless ‘boob map’ to locate a GoTopless event around the world on August 26th.


20-Apr-2018,
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In Canada, human mammals struggle with breastfeeding instinct in public and nipple equality in their species

Vancouver, April 19, 2018 – At the end of March, Serah Small, a 24-year-old Alberta hockey player, made National news because she breastfed her baby in the locker room during a hockey tournament in Grand Prairie, Alberta .

“The natural act of nursing one’s young, replicated by every mammal on Earth, somehow created a media frenzy among human mammals as if Aliens had landed on Earth!” remarked Denise Belisle, GoTopless leader in Canada.

“Why would this natural, instinctive behaviour be regarded as an oddity among ‘civilized’ Homo sapiens?” asked Belisle. “Giving a baby a breast to feed on is just as natural and decent as giving an apple to a five-year- old child.”


“The problem in our society is not that women want to breastfeed their babies, but that they want to do it in public and while doing so, exposing their breasts,” Belisle said. “There is so much discrimination toward women and their breasts because our Judeo-Christian values make us perceive the naked body with guilt and shame. That includes the female nipple but strangely not the male nipple.

 

” Since its inception 11 years ago, GoTopless has alway maintained that “as long as men are allowed to be topless in public, women should have the same constitutional right. Or else, men should have to wear something to hide their chests.”


“That was the claim made by the Spiritual leader, Maitreya Rael, a relentless defender of equal rights when he recommended the creation of GoTopless in 2007,” informs Belisle.

Equal rights is the core of GoTopless’s mission statement because the human nipples must be treated in equality under the law, in Alberta and everywhere in Canada, including Quebec where topless equality is still baffled due to a murky law
legislating the issue in this largely Catholic province.


“All Canadian provinces should seek inspiration from Ontario and British Columbia when it comes to topless equality,” insists Belisle. She concludes: “My hope is that our society finally accepts and recognizes women’s body as equal to men’s and puts equality before so-called Christian morality.”


19-Mar-2018,
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Gotopless activist files a petition in U.S. Supreme Court

Chicago, IL - March 19 - On March 12, 2018, after 4 years of inconclusive court battles, Sonoko Tagami, member of the woman's organization GoTopless has filed a petition in the U.S. Supreme Court through attorney Joel Flaxman. 
 
"Sonoko is appealing before the Supreme Court to finally lay to rest the constitutional challenge of whether men and women have equal gender rights when it comes to topless rights".  states Nadine Gary, GoTopless president.
 
 
"Ms. Tagami decided to take her case to court and sued the City of Chicago in order to challenge the blunt gender discrimination she had been the victim of" explains Gary.  "Since its inception 11 years ago, GoTopless has always claimed that equal topless equality is protected by the US constitution and that if the courts rule otherwise, then men will need to be forced to cover up their chest in public thus preserving gender equality". 
 
"That was the claim made by Spiritual leader, Maitreya Rael, a relentless defender of equal rights when he recommended the creation of GoTopless in 2007"  informs Gary.
 
'Now, the central legal question before the Supreme Court judges is whether 'traditional moral norms' really take precedence over the Equal Protection clause in the US Constitution as the 7th District judge panel ruled last year when presented with Tagami's case." states Gary
 
"Many traditional moral norms have justified countless reprehensible, unconstitutional acts in our country's history"  says Gary, "And, thankfully they don't hold up to the supreme law of the land. 
 
"In today's society, a favorable ruling for gender topless equality would also have a major impact on the #metoo movement sweeping our country right now"  says Gary. "When women are given unequivocal equal rights not only in mind but in body as well, our traditional, chauvinist moral norms will gradually give way to a more respectful rapport between the sexes." 
 
"Topless equality speaks volumes to empower womanhood and free everyone from the shackles of Judeo-Christian guilt and shame".  concludes Gary
 

 

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