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Topless Femen Activists Arrested Protesting Pope's Anti-Gay Policies


Four women from Femen, the oft-topless activist group that fights for women's and LGBT rights, were arrested at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican while the Pope was speaking today.

Baring their chests, and with slogans like "In Gay We Trust" and "Homophobe shut up" painted on their backs, the women were there to shake their collective fist at Pope Benedict and the Vatican's consistently hateful, discriminatory and increasingly outdated policies demonizing LGBT people.

Before their arrests, the Femen activists had to contend with irate Catholic pilgrims who tried to run them off. The scene was very reminiscent of when anti-gay activists started beating up the women during an action in France last November.

See some more shots from today's action AFTER THE JUMP.



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  1. "Bearing their chests"? Not sure they had any choice about that.

    Baring their chests, though, might have been more of a statement.

    Posted by: Jim Smith | Jan 13, 2013 10:21:07 AM

  2. I love Rome (and all its mega-drama).

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 13, 2013 10:57:40 AM


    Posted by: Jeff R. | Jan 13, 2013 11:10:28 AM

  4. Why do the people who physically attack these girls, seemingly never get arrested?

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 13, 2013 11:22:58 AM

  5. Only four women? Pftt.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jan 13, 2013 12:15:26 PM

  6. These are bigots trying to use our issue.

    While I'm pleased gay-washing is now a thing, they need to back off.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 13, 2013 3:46:26 PM

  7. mdssd197uy Socks and boots infiltration of water to the top of the results.

    Posted by: christian louboutin | Jan 13, 2013 9:05:34 PM

  8. ...i still have a hard time comprehending why exactly women can't walk around topless while men do it all the time. maybe we should ban men with moobs from walking around shirtless?lol ^_^

    Posted by: alexander | Jan 14, 2013 11:45:52 AM

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