She wants to be allowed to go topless as men do.
Johnston, a topless dancer from Philadelphia, is trying to raise awareness of a long forgotten New York state law that allows women to go topless anywhere.
Back in January, Johnston was kicked out of her yoga class because she took off her top in class. Some of the people in their class complained to the owners about it. Johnston believes that its unfair that men can be allowed to remove their shirts in class, but she couldn’t.
In 1992, a law was passed to legalize women to go topless in public New York. In 1986, Ramona Santorelli and Mary Lou Schloss were arrested in a Rochester, N.Y. park because they violated a law prohibiting women from showing bare breasts. After fighting their case in court, the New York Court of Appeals ruled in the women’s favor.
Johnston was also wrongfully arrested at children’s park in Union Square when she refused to wear a shirt last spring.
“I want women to know their rights and to give them the courage to go topless too,” she said.
She plans to sue the 13 yoga studios that made it mandatory for women and men to wear shirts.