Montreal is going topless for equality.
Go Topless Day is being celebrated around the world on August 26, 2018, and Montreal is officially joining the cause.
The date coincides with Women’s Equality Day in the United States, as it was on August 26, 1920, that women first earned the right to vote.
Organizers of the event believe “it is only logical that GoTopless Day protests would fall on Women’s Equality Day since the right to go topless for women is based on gender equality as their right to vote once was.”
The event is hosted each year by the new religious group, the Raelians, founded in 1974 by former French race car driver Claude Vorilhon. The group’s stated beliefs revolve heavily around sexual liberation and gender equality.
In the near 100 years since women earned the right to vote, there are still many places in Canada, the US, and around the world where it is illegal for a female nipple to be displayed publicly.
Ontario and British Columbia are currently the only places where it is officially legal for women to go topless in Canada.
On Sunday, August 26, Montreal women are invited to converge and stand up for a woman’s right to go topless in public.
The Montreal event is scheduled to begin at 1 pm and last until 4 pm. The meeting spot as per tradition, is at the Monument Sir George Etienne Cartier on Parc Mont Royal.
Montreal’s Go Topless Day will run simultaneously with the constantly packed Tam Tams party, meaning there will be a lot of people there.
The nipples won’t be the only thing free, as the event has no entry cost.
Men are invited to participate in the march, though are encouraged to don pasties or tape on their own chests as a mark of solidarity.
For more information on Go Topless Day, click here.
When: Sunday, August 26
Time: 1 pm – 4 pm
Where: Monument Sir George Etienne Cartier – Parc Mont Royal