The GoTopless Pride Parade took to the streets of midtown Manhattan to counter critics who are complaining about topless tip-seekers in Times Square.
Appearing in public bare-breasted is legal in New York. But Mayor Bill de Blasioand police commissioner Bill Bratton say the body-painted women in the square who take photos with tourists are a nuisance. Governor Andrew Cuomo says the practice harkens to the pornographic “bad old Times Square” of the past.
Sunday’s parade was among dozens of such events staged in about 60 cities on the worldwide GoTopless Day. A GoTopless spokeswoman, Rachel Jessee, said the goal was for gender equality when it comes to baring one’s chest.