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Topless Protest Planned in Charleston

Downtown Charleston, W.Va.

A topless protest is planned in West Virginia’s capital city despite the mayor’s request to reschedule.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports nearly 200 people have RSVP’d for “Free the Nip Top Freedom Rally” on Facebook. Charleston Mayor Danny Jones asked organizers on Wednesday to protest another day, accusing them of “seeking to parade naked in front of young children,” as local arts nonprofit FestivALL has several kids’ events planned also on Saturday.

Organizers say they’re marching “for topless equality and the normalization of the female body.” They said as parents they respectfully disagree with ways others raise children, but can’t allow their beliefs to prevent families’ enjoyment, and have pushed the original 5 p.m. start to 6:30 p.m., past the children-event’s end.

State law doesn’t prohibit women from exposing their breasts.