This year, GoTopless Day was Sunday, August 23rd.
We always host this event on the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day, which is on August 26th.
It is on August 26th, 1920 that women earned their right to vote on the basis of Gender Equality. In 1971, the US Congress has made August 26th into a nationally recognized date and named it “Women’s Equality Day”. The president of the United States is summoned to commemorate this date each year.
On Sunday, August 23rd, people in cities around the world were invited to stand up for women’s right to go topless in public.
In Canada, we had demonstrations in Montreal, Toronto, Abbotsford, and Vancouver.
Thanks to Donald Tremblay and Stephane Salois’s teams, there were over 30 people present for the peaceful demonstration at the Mont-Royal Park, in Montreal. They had great support from a female Canadian Mountie police who were really supportive of our cause and even took a picture with the group. (Her horse was also topless.)
In Toronto, Louise Turcotte and her friend went for a walk along the boardwalk at the Woodbine Beach. Louise reported that the responses from the people were really positive and that she engaged in a few really positive conversations with young women who were reporting that they are not wearing bras anymore and for them, it is a step forward in gender equality.
In Abbotsford, a young woman went for a topless walk around the Abbotsford Mill Lake Park. She reported that it was totally nerve-wracking! It was church day and it was nice out so lots of people were in the park! She didn’t get too much resistance… It was just her and her boyfriend for the support!
In Vancouver, Denise Belisle organized an event at Kits Beach. There were 6 Raelians and 3 supporters. It was really windy and it was cold. It was even difficult for men to take their top off. Because most people were covered up, we didn’t get much attention. It’s ok because what’s important is to be in the action, regardless of the results.
On Wednesday, August 26th, for the 100th anniversary of the Women Equality Day, Nadine Gary and her team organized an international Zoom conference. It was a great success. About 300 people came to the conference and we had a fantastic lineup of speakers from all around the world.
Thank you to all the people who contributed in one way or the other to our success this year. We are an extraordinary team and together we are changing the world.
Canadian Leader for GoTopless