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Topless women – and men – march for gender equality in Vancouver
Sunday was Go Topless Day and – wouldn't you know it? – Vancouver got involved.
Over 50 women marched through the city's downtown core, a display organized by the organization GoTopless for the sake of gender equality. According to the CBC, 45 other cities around the world held similar rallies.
The woman were also joined by 30 or so men, who wore bras.
"Being topless in B.C. is legal," GoTopless spokeswoman Denise Belisle told the CBC. "We have the right to be topless and this is wonderful.
"What we need is respect. We need respect from society, we need respect from all of you."
"For the women who do want to go topless, they should have that option," said male marcher Bruce Wildorn. "They do here in Vancouver, that's great, but not everywhere."
Last week, on August 21, Black Press blogger and syndicated B.C. columnist Lori Welbourne staged a now-viral interview with Kelowna mayor Walter Gray.
About a minute in, Welbourne removed her top and bared all in front of a shocked Gray – who was in on the joke – and continued to ask him about the city's topless laws and whether there was a double standard that divided topless men and topless women.