MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Hundreds gathered in Minneapolis to support women going topless at Gold Medal Park on Sunday. The event was part of the women's rights organization GoTopless, which plans to hold “Topless Pride Parades” in 60 cities.
"Most of these cities use indecency laws to criminalize women's bare chests in public while those same laws haven't applied to men for 80 years," said GoTopless Spokesperson Nadine Gary.
In Minneapolis, the city ordinances regarding public toplessness are vague, as are the state laws on the subject. What constitutes public indecency is often left to the arresting officer's personal judgment.
Gary said the organization is currently challenging the city of Chicago in court for violating gender equality on GoTopless Day 2014. Minnesota, on the other hand, has some legislative support for topless equality.
Rep. Raymond Dehn of District 59B spoke at the event, providing a voice of support from the perspective of his elected position in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
GoTopless' goal is to establish equal gender topless rights across the U.S. by August 26, 2020, the 100th anniversary of Women's Equality Day.
"Women shouldn't be persecuted for doing something men have done for decades without any problems," Gary said.