Go Topless Day, an annual shirtless march, is scheduled to make its return to downtown Vancouver in protest of female nipple censorship.
Although it’s legal in Vancouver for both men and women to display bare chests, women rarely exercise this right due to the social stigma surrounding the act.
Similar to previous years, the event will fall on August 26 – the same day as Women’s Equality Day. On August 26 in 1920, women earned their right to vote on the basis of gender equality.
The US Congress made August 26 into a nationally recognized date in 1971.
People of any gender in cities around the world will be invited to stand up for women’s rights and go topless in public.
The event is hosted each year by the new religious group, the Raelians, founded in 1974 by former French race car driver Claude Vorilhon (aka Rael). The group’s stated beliefs revolve heavily around sexual liberation and gender equality.
Currently, Ontario and British Columbia are the only Canadian provinces where it is officially 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.
The march will begin at the front of the Safeway on Robson Street, east of Denman at 12 pm and take place from Denman to Hornby.
Where: 1766 Robson St, Vancouver
When: Sunday, August 26, 2018
Time: 12 pm