Women in New York City observe National Go Topless Day

New York women observe National Go Topless Day 
By: John Roberts 

People relaxing in a park in New York City, got an unexpected treat when dozens of topless women suddenly appeared.

About two dozen women protested topless in a park in New York City, on a hot and sweaty Sunday, as part of what they called "National Go Topless Day", in order to draw attention to the inequality of rights between topless men and women.

There were topless men in the park too, but no one paid much attention to them, a disparity, according to organizers, which demonstrated the need for change.

The topless women drew a crowd of onlookers, who took photos and videos with their cell phones.

"We say that there is nothing wrong with the female nipple," said Karen Heaven, one of the organizers of the event.

A crowd quickly formed around Bryant Park in Manhattan. Heaven wore white pants and not much more. She also wore a bag over her shoulder.

"My dog has six, I have two, but I can go to jail for showing my nipples. This is 2012? What are we thinking?" She said.

It is legal for women to go topless in public in New York, but the laws vary widely throughout the United States. Heaven and colleagues say that this discrimination is unconstitutional and they want full equality.

Similar protests were planned in 30 U.S. cities and 10 other cities worldwide, organizers said.