August 27, 2012
Topless protest hits Toronto
By Kevin Connor, QMI Agency
TORONTO - A group of Raelian women marched topless through the Beach area Sunday to support the right for women to go bare-breasted in public.
But oddly, that is a right Canadian women have had for years.
The 20 Raelians — who believe the earth was created by an extra-terrestrial civilization — danced as they marched along a route which started at Lake Ontario took them along Queen St. E.
“We want to allow women to be topless the way men do. We have the right to feel the sun and not be guilty. Our religion has no problem with nudity. We want women to be comfortable with their body,” said Freedom, the event organizer.
The display made Lisa Munroe uncomfortable as the group paraded past her and her three children. She made the kids turn away from those in the parade.
“I know it is legal, but I have kids. This isn’t something I want my kids to see because they are a little young,” Munroe said.
Conor Loyd, 11, was given reading material issued by the group about how women shouldn’t be ashamed to be topless.
“I think they should have the right to do it. Some of it is OK; some of them are really old,” Conor said.
Mike Smith didn’t think it was a big deal, adding women should be made aware they have the right to be topless in public — and not just at the beach.
Senior citizen Mary Hall lauded protesters, saying the women were very brave to participate in the spectacle.
“It doesn’t shock me at all. We are all born and we are all going to die so why not flaunt it. I wouldn’t go out and do it myself though,” Hall said.