Code of conduct – Free the Nipple Brighton Marches – Annually updated –
“Today was the best day of my whole year. I loved every second of it.”
We want every single one of you to have the best day of your year. The principles of this march mean that women, men and non-binary folk will be topless and as a result may feel especially vulnerable and self-conscious. To ensure participants feel as comfortable and happy as possible, we ask that these basic concepts are observed and understood:
- Give topless people space and respect throughout this event.
- Just because someone is topless it doesn’t necessarily mean you can talk to them, stare at them, touch them, photograph them or film them without their express consent.
- If someone is participating and they aren’t topless, it is not your business to ask them why or convince them to take off clothes.
- This march is inclusive and therefore people of all genders, age groups, nationalities, identities and physical abilities will be in attendance. Please be mindful of your privilege at all times.
Unfortunately we can’t control or predict how the general public will behave, but please be aware that people’s reactions may vary. People will take photos, but you are not obliged to pose for anyone or participate in selfies if you don’t want to. You are welcome to challenge any creepy, negative or abusive behaviour in a non-violent way and you will have the full support of the organisers.
What to do if you need help:
All members of the organisers team will be clearly marked with an armband. We are here to support you if:
- You feel stressed, panicked, anxious or unsafe.
- You are hurt or injured.
- Someone is making you feel intimidated or uncomfortable.
- You have witnessed upsetting, violent or abusive behaviour.
We have a zero tolerance approach to abusive behaviour and we take the safety of our participants very seriously. There are consequences for anyone who violates this code of conduct.
Notes for participants:
- Being topless in public in the UK is not illegal.
- Sussex police are aware of the event and briefed.
- Your right to protest peacefully will be prioritised and no one is breaking the law by taking part in this march.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about this event.