Pittsburgh leaders mulling topless rally request

PITTSBURGH (AP) — 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 GoTopless.org tell the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1eX4tZ2 ) 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.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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