DENVER — On a Sunday morning when many people dressed in their Sunday best were headed to mass, a congregation of a different sort was gathered at Civic Center Park.
Dozens of topless women were preaching their own message about equality.
“I believe in equal rights, and it’s not just about being topless. Breast feeding is a stigma. It’s sexualized. It’s all that. Women should be allowed to be free just as much as a man,” said Autumn Hammond, who was participating for the first time.
Denver’s version of “Go Topless Day” started five years ago. Events just like it are now held in dozens of cities around the world.
“It’s amazing. If you’ve never been outside without your top, ladies, just make sure you use sunblock,” said Mia Jean, one of the organizers of the event.
Rod Franklin and Chuck Moline say they showed up just for the view.
“I just think it’s real interesting, but I think it’s hard to think they’re going to make any legal advances,” said Franklin.
“I’m used to that,” said Hammond. “The gawking is just mainly because they don’t know and it’s been so hyper-sensationalized and that’s why there’s so much stigma and why we do what we do.”
De’Lee Baer showed up to support her daughter.
“I wouldn’t do it myself, but that doesn’t mean they’re wrong,” she said.
Going topless is legal in most cities and ordinances or laws prohibiting it are often challenged.
In Colorado, Fort Collins just recently dropped a ban on going topless after the courts struck it down.