(As posted to my Gazette blog on July 29)

There seems to be a common theme in my blog posts here recently: liberation of the body in its natural state in social settings.

In keeping with that theme, Sunday, Aug. 24 is International Go Topless Day, in which women seek the same rights men have to go bare-chested in public. You can read more about it on the Go Topless site at gotopless.org.

I received an invitation to attend the Montreal version of Go Topless Day, scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Georges-Étienne Cartier monument, and will probably attend because it is a cause I believe in. When I am in Ontario, I can be topless in public, apparently. But not in Quebec, where women do not share equality with men when it comes to baring their breasts in public. In truth, though, I have to admit that I don’t see any women baring their breasts in public in Ontario, unless they are in social nudism settings. But they do have the right, I am told — and that’s what is important. Quebec women should have the right, too.

So, here is the link to the Facebook events page for the Montreal event. And below is an unedited Google English translation of the description for the event:

Sunday, August 24, GoTopless, an organization of women who advocate for the equal rights of women to be topless, celebrating its 7th edition. For this occasion, many women exercise their right to bare breasts in public, in honor of the Day of the Equality of Women. The action GoTopless is composed of thousands of men and women of different beliefs, associations and sexual orientations, who will gather at the monument Georges-Étienne Cartier (instead of Tam-Tams), to celebrate the beauty, freedom, equality. “Where men have the right to go topless in public, women should have the same right. Otherwise, men should wear clothing to cover their breasts,” says Rael, spiritual leader and founder of GoTopless.

I will write more about it all in the week leading up to the event.


– Jillian