A shirtless march is scheduled to make its way down Robson Street for this year’s Go Topless Day, an event created in protest of female nipple censorship.
Though it is legal in Vancouver for both women and men to display bare chests, women rarely exercise this right due to the social stigma surrounding uncovered breasts.
This year’s Go Topless Day falls on the same day as Women’s Equality Day in the US, with it being the anniversary of American women earning the right to vote in 1920. Nearly 100 years later, and 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.
“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,” reads the Go Topless Day website.
Currently, Ontario and British Columbia are the only Canadian provinces where it is legal for women to go topless.
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.
Where: Meet in front of the Safeway on Robson Street, east of Denman at 12PM. Walk on Robson Street from Denman to Hornby.
When: Sunday, August 27