Canadian gays are not punished for showing up publicly naked

Seven naked Canadians that took part in a gay pride parade in Toronto avoided any punishment. As the court ruled, the men were not actually naked.

The men represented the organization Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity (TNT MEN). They were arrested after participating in a gay festival in Toronto. The men were only wearing shoes. The police arrested them and charged them with obscene behavior. However, the charges have been withdrawn this week due to no hope to get the men punished. This was said by lawyer Peter Simm, who is also a member of TNT MEN. He stressed out that his clients wouldn’t have been considered naked if they had had something like a fig-leave on. The lawyer said that the law clearly determines the occasions to arrest a person for walking around naked in public. Yet, things are not like that, if a person wears at least a piece of clothes. Also, a court is supposed to prove that a person was outrageously dressed. Then there is an issue of the notion of “outrageously dressed.” At the end of the day, juridical loopholes helped the TNT MEN to avoid any punishment for their “naked” activity.

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