The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 19, 2013

Pittsburgh leaders consider request for a topless rally

The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh officials are mulling the legality of a rally planned by a group that hopes to celebrate Women's Equality Day by having women march topless alongside men in bikinis.

The organizers of said they believe it's unfair that women cannot be topless in public while men can.

The mayor's office has yet to issue a permit for Saturday's march, and city Public Safety Director Michael Huss says he's not sure the rally would be legal — with or without a permit — under the state's indecent exposure law.

A similar rally planned in Asheville, N.C. last August drew hundreds of people, instead of thousands expected by organizers, and only about a dozen women willing to go topless.