A shirtless march is scheduled at Toronto’s High Park for this year’s Go Topless Day, an event created in protest of female nipple censorship.
Though it is legal in Ontario 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 date as Women’s Equality Day in the US, August 26, 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.
The event is hosted each year by the new religious group, the Raelians, founded in 1973 by former French race car driver Claude Vorilhon. 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.
Where: High Park, near the High Park Maple Leaf Garden facing the Grenadier Pond
When: Sunday, August 26
Time: To be announced