Today is or was the national go topfree or go topless day created by the Raelian group. Lots of women in various USA and Canadian and other cities have gone topfree today in marches, walks, semi-protests or smaller simpler events.
At Seattle there were 2 groups or persons who separately organized two separate events. The event at Greenlake was sunbathing and walking and was advertised on gotopless.org and craigslist and a possible event at the Seattle center fountain was advertised on some event listing.
I don’t know if the “event” took place at the Seattle Center fountain. I was told by someone who went to the fountain when it was supposed to be there that there was no one there and that there was a black church group having a revival or other serious religious meeting and he doubts that the topfree persons would have fit. He was not there all the time, but he thinks no one was there at all.
I have a friendly acquaintance who walked and sunbathed topfree at Greenlake. She was somewhat late and there was a photographer, apparently from Cle Elum or somewhere far away, who had been waiting and had left before she got to Greenlake.
So, for the gathering, such as it was, there was Veronica and myself and two other guys . . . and there was the photographer who left before meeting Veronica. Veronica and/or I pray that God make things up to the guy who came to see her or any other topless women, and who missed seeing us!
I had made a sign about breast health and vitamin D. Veronica and I and one of the guys walked around Greenlake. There were many women who complimented or thanked or encouraged Veronica or told her she was brave or bold. One of them was on the walking path and she left the walking path to walk towards us on the grass with her hand held out to shake our hands in congratulation and thanks.
There were a dozen people or so at the end of one of the piers. We went to the end of the pier and said hi and gave away some of the postcards which are printed with thoughts and sayings about going topfree. As we handed her the card, one young woman of the group at the end of the pier said something to the effect of, “Yes,” or “That is good,” and she rolled down the top half of her one piece, effectively creating her temporary topless swimsuit, while she interacted with people in the water and off the pier!
One woman was sunbathing and thanked us for the postcard; she said she had just posted on her facebook page something about what does feminism mean to you or to us and was thinking about that today, and she got to learn that today was women’s equality day and also go topless day.
I gave away 1 or 2 dozen of the little postcards from gotopless.org; some people read the sign I had or a smaller sign Veronica was carrying. One person who read the sign was one of the lifeguards at the West Greenlake beach!
Veronica had an occasional mild worry about how things would be if police came and wanted to take her away or cite her. Before the walk today, she says, one of her friends told her it is illegal for her to walk topfree, but that is disputed. At one point, I said, “We just chatted with the lifeguard; if he had been concerned, I think he would have said something.” Of course, the lifeguard had just teased us that he was already topfree!
Seattle has online crime maps. Greenlake shows no calls today of any kind, whether regarding indecency or assaults, robbery and car prowling. So, either no one called 911 or a 911 operator “cleared” the call as being not appropriate for patrol response. My guess is that no one called.
Police have a preference that people wear something, larger or smaller, wider or thinner as the choice may be, at the waist or mid-body for the major parks and beaches.
At one point, near the end of the walk, we met 2 guys who said hi and said something about an article online about us or me. At first I thought he meant that someone had covered the go topless day, but he was referring to an article from 2 or 3 years ago in the seattlepi, written in such a way as to portray me in the worst light as an evil-doing surreptitious photographer, secretly recording Greenlake women who otherwise might have no idea that a guy with a camera is in the vicinity. In any case, the article by Levi Pulkinnen about david z is “trending” or popular now at the seattlepi, although it is 2 or 3 years old. I assume that Levi P of the pi never bothered to update the article with the news that the Seattle city council changed the law for which I was suing them, because they would not have been able to defend their previous law in court.
So, that is the story . . . it seems that the seattlepi and komonews have not yet covered gotopless day, either locally or on the national news level.
And Veronica and I feel badly about the photographer missing some nice photos and hope God makes things up to him!
I am including several photos with this post. One of them is the young woman who went topfree temporarily when we encountered and greeted the group on the pier!
Basically, some women in Seattle would go topfree, at a beach or park, if they felt it was reasonably acceptable . . . and one young women figured it would be fun to do so, in addition to Veronica!
I should provide an update with additional photos later today or tomorrow!