Go Topless Day (variously known as National Go Topless Day, International Go Topless Day) is an annual event originating in the United States which was formed to support the right of both men and women to go topless in public in public.[1] The annual event, set for August 26 during 2012, was begun in 2007 by an American organization "Go Topless" that claims that based on gender equality women have the same constitutional right that men have to go bare-chested in public. To promote gender equality, the event encourages women to go topless in public, and men to cover their chests by wearing brassieres or bikinis.[2]

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Organization Edit

"As long as men can go topless, women should have the same constitutional right or men should also be forced to wear something that hides their chests." - Wikipedia:Claude Vorilhon aka Raël, founder of Wikipedia:Raëlism which sponsors the Go Topless Day.[3]

The event is sponsored by GoTopless, a group formed in the state of Nevada, United States, by former French auto racing journalist Claude Vorilhon, currently known as Rael, spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement, a Wikipedia:UFO religion.[4][5][6] He said, "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."[7] GoTopless has supported events and chapters in other countries.[8]

Events Edit

The first Go Topless Day was organized in 2008.[6][2][3]

In 2009, National Go Topless Day was celebrated on August 23 in the United States.[9] The 2011 Go Topless Day in the Wikipedia:United States was held on Wikipedia:August 24. Protesters, both men and women, participated in rallies held in twelve Wikipedia:U.S. states including Wikipedia:New York, Wikipedia:North Carolina and Wikipedia:California. Women who participated in the celebration used either fake latex nipples or Wikipedia:pasties to cover their nipples and avoid arrest due to laws in some states that prohibit women from showing their aerola and nipples in public.[10][11] The protesters displayed signs that read "Men and women have nipples. Why should women hide theirs?" and "Equal topless rights for all or none".[12] Many men who joined the demonstration wore bras and bikinis to protest against the double standard where men are allowed to go Wikipedia:barechested, but women are prohibited to go topless in public.[12]

Paul Gauguin Two Tahitian Women

In 1891, Paul Gauguin travelled to Tahiti, and European society never looked at Pacific islands the same way again, although its attitudes did not always become forward looking. His famous painting of Two Tahitian Women

In Wikipedia:Canada, Go Topless Day was celebrated for the first time in 2011.[8] The 2011 Canadian Go Topless Day rally was held in Wikipedia:Toronto on August 28. Nearly twenty women went topless going from Queen Street East to Kew Beach on a pick-up truck sounding loudly the song "Revolution" by Wikipedia:The Beatles.[4] According to Diane Brisbois, the spokesperson for Go Topless Canada, "This is not a beauty contest. It is about freedom. We have support; there are many men who come to our events too."[5]

The 2012 Go Topless Day rallies are scheduled to be held on August 26, the Wikipedia:Women's Equality DayWomen's Equality Day, at cities in the United States, Wikipedia:CanadaCanada, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and France.[13]

Legal matters Edit

During the August 26, 2011 protest in Hawaii, where it is legal for women to go topless, police issued citations to a husband and wife team for not having a permit for their protest. People complained to the police although both men and women wore red tape covering their nipples. The charges were dropped on October 3.[14] Men who support the cause are encouraged to wear a bikini top during the protest.[15]

Female toplessnessis currently legal in Hawaii, New York, North Carolina, Maine,[14] Texas, Ohio, and in the cities of Wikipedia:Portland, Oregon, Wikipedia:South Beach, Florida and Wikipedia:Washington D.C.[16]

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See also Edit


  1. Awesome, Barb (August 21, 2011). "It's National GoTopless Day!". Chicago Now. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Topless Protest To Be Held In Middle Of Air And Water Show". Wikipedia:CBS. August 19, 2011. Retrieved March 02, 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Pete Winn (August 18, 2010). "Raelians Threaten Legal Action to Secure Women's Constitutional Right to Go Topless". Retrieved March 02, 2012. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Jenny Yuen (August 28, 2011). "Topless protest in T.O.". Wikipedia:Toronto Sun. Retrieved March 02, 2012. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jessica Hume (August 27, 2011). "Where and when you can go topless in Ontario, and what it has to do with UFOs". Wikipedia:National Post. Retrieved March 02, 2012. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Protests demand equal topless rights". Wikipedia:United Press International. August 22, 2011. Retrieved March 02, 2012. 
  7. "Topless protest against Dominique Strauss Kahn in Paris". 31 October 2011. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Gilbert Ndikubwayezu (August 25 2011). "Group denied permit to march topless". Wikipedia:Toronto Star. Retrieved March 02, 2012. 
  9. "Babes take age- old prejudice off their chests". Wikipedia:India Today. August 25, 2009. Retrieved March 02, 2012. 
  10. DAVE MASTERS (23 August 2011). "Women strip for 'Go Topless Day'". The Sun. Retrieved March 02, 2012. 
  11. "Women in US go bare-chested for 'Go Topless Day'". Wikipedia:Times of India. August 24, 2011. Retrieved March 02, 2012. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Protesters in US celebrate 'Go Topless Day' for women's equal rights". Newstrack India. August 23, 2011. Retrieved March 02, 2012. 
  13. "2012 Go Topless Day". Retrieved March 02, 2012. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Honolulu police drops charges against National GoTopless Day protesters". Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  15. "Participating Countries and Cities - Aug 26, 2012". Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  16. Nicholas Pell (August 23, 2011). "Legalized Female Toplessness: Overrated?". Retrieved 3 April 2012.