April 26, 2015 | Updated at 06:09 AM EDT The Latest Entertainment & Celebrity News

San Francisco Nudists Rally For Right to Bare it All

Two dozen pro-nudity activists wearing little but their righteous indignation assembled on the steps of San Francisco City Hall on Wednesday to protest a proposed municipal ban on public nakedness.

By Ronnie Cohen, Reuters on Nov 15, 2012 10:46 AM EST
facebook tweet this pin it plus
Sign Up for Newsletter
  • Nudists march to city hall during a rally against banning nudity in parts of the city in San Francisco, California, November 14, 2012. R
  • Nudists march to city hall during a rally against banning nudity in parts of the city in San Francisco, California, November 14, 2012. R (Photo : Reuters)

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Two dozen pro-nudity activists wearing little but their righteous indignation assembled on the steps of San Francisco City Hall on Wednesday to protest a proposed municipal ban on public nakedness.

"We are here today in response to an attack on our fundamental freedom, our freedom to be ourselves in our own city," disrobed rally organizer Gypsy Taubdeclared as her fellow activists displayed signs saying, "Nudity is Natural" and "Nude is not Lewd."

Local politicians in the famously tolerant city, where men in particular are known to frequently parade undressed through the streets of the predominantly gay Castro District, are considering a law to criminalize nudity on streets, sidewalks and plazas.

A hearing on measure by the city's Board of Supervisors is scheduled for next Tuesday.

Following the protest, attorney Christina DiEdoardo filed suit on behalf of the nudists seeking to block the proposed nudity ban from enactment.

She contends that a prohibition on public nakedness would deprive her five clients, one of them a former mayoral candidate who ran on a nudist platform, of their constitutional rights to free speech and equal protection under law.

"The city is getting into trying to legislate and criminally enforce a dress code," she told Reuters. "My clients are trying to save the Board of Supervisors from acting unconstitutionally."

"Nudophobic bigotry has now taken root here in San Francisco," Rusty Mills, 69, stripped down to his tanned birthday suit, told his fellow demonstrators as they stood in the sunshine of an unseasonably warm, 70-degree Fahrenheit (21-degree Celsius) fall day.

GRIN AND BEAR IT

The nude protesters, including one using a cane and another in a wheelchair, walked with DiEdoardo two blocks to the federal courthouse, where an officer refused to allow them to enter disrobed. DiEdoardo, who was fully clothed, went inside to file the court papers.

On the way back to City Hall, elementary school children playing on a schoolyard gawked and pointed at the naked demonstrators.

Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced the proposal to curb undressing after residents complained about a daily gathering of naked men in Jane Warner Plaza, a square in the Castro District. He called the lawsuit a baseless "publicity stunt."

"There's always been occasional public nudity in San Francisco. Over the last two years it's gone from being this quirky, occasional thing to an obnoxious, over-the-top thing," Wiener said in an interview.

"A lot of people who live in the neighborhood are just sick of the fact that seven days a week there are men taking their pants off and displaying their genitals on our sidewalks and plaza," he added.

Under the proposed law, which critics dubbed the "Wiener bill," nudity would still be allowed at permitted parades, fairs and festivals, as well as on designated nude beaches.

Violators would be fined up to $100 for a first offense and $200 for a second. Three-time offenders would face up to a year in jail and a $500 fine.

San Francisco last year began requiring nudists to cover their buttocks in public and to wear clothes in restaurants. Residents say the restrictions only incited the so-called Naked Guys to grow more exhibitionist.

During a hearing before a committee of supervisors last week, Taub, 43, extolled the benefits of going nude, then pulled her dress over her head, threw it on the floor and waved to the audience.

"We refuse to go back to the dark ages of body shame and sexual repression," she said, standing completely naked, except for socks and sandals, in front of a lectern. As a sheriff's deputy escorted her from the chamber, the nude mother of three screamed, "Long live body freedom."

Dan Glazer, owner of the Hot Cookie, a Castro bakery known for genital-shaped cookies, expressed mixed emotions about the proposed ban.

He said tourists flock to the area to see the Naked Guys and snap pictures, and probably have helped his business. He also said he would hate to see limited police resources used to enforce a nudity ban.

On the other hand, he said, the nudists have crossed the line into an irritating form of exhibitionism, and were "taking advantage of our neighborhood's openness, of the gay community's tolerance."

 

 

© 2015 Enstarz, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

facebook tweet this pin it plus
Contribute to this Story send us a tip send us a tip send us a tip
Sign Up for Newsletters

Around The Web

  • SEARCH ENSTARS

Caroline might have a huge secret when she comes back to Forrester on 'The Bold and the Beautiful'

Will Caroline Return To L.A. With A Huge Secret On 'The Bold and the Beautiful?'

She's been off in New York for a while now, but when Caroline (Linsey Godfrey) returns to L.A. on The Bold and the Beautiful she could be revealing a big secret she was trying to keep hidden.

Bow Wow Erica Mena

Erica Mena & Bow Wow Push Back Wedding 'We Haven't Set The Date Exact Yet'

Erica Mena has revealed that she and Bow Wow have yet to set an actual date for their much talked about wedding.

Missy Peregrym

'Rookie Blue' Star Missy Peregrym Files For Divorce From Zachary Levi Just After He Talks 'Committment'

'Rookie Blue' star Missy Peregrym has filed for divorce less than a year after she and her now estranged husband Zachary Levi wed.

The Cast of 'General Hospital' at the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Get The Start Time, Nominees & Red Carpet Info Before The 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards Start

The 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards are tomorrow night, April 26th, and will broadcast live from Warner Bros. Studios in California.

Nicole tells Wyatt something unexpected on the April 24, 2015 episode of 'The Bold and the Beautiful'

Nicole Spills An Unexpected Secret To Wyatt On 'The Bold and the Beautiful'

The Spencers are hoping to learn the big secret that they know will help take Rick (Jacob Young) down, and they could possibly get the answers they didn't expect on The Bold and the Beautiful.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson

'Fifty Shades' Producers Looking To Cast New Actress For The Role Of Elena

Which A-list celebs will 'Fifty Shades' movie execs select to join the cast for the new sequel?

Days of Our Lives

Is 'Days of Our Lives' About To Get Cancelled?

Though there are still several fans watching NBC's remaining soap opera Days of Our Lives, there are still signs that the 50-year-old program could be on its way to the chopping block.

Moniece Slaughter

'LHHNY' Star Diamond Strawberry Sits On His Lap & His New Girlfriend Moniece Slaughter 'Handled It'

Moniece Slaughter of 'Love & Hip Hop Hollywood' is still fighting off girls from 'Love & Hip Hop New York' as they get close with her new boyfriend RIch Dollaz, who also stars in the New York show.

Bruce Jenner

Stream Bruce Jenner's 20/20 Interview Live For Free

Live Stream Bruce Jenner's 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer

Lisa Rinna

Lisa Rinna Appeared In Playboy -- Twice

Lisa Rinna posed for Playboy not once, but twice.

Trina Braxton

Details Behind 'Braxton Family Values' Star Trina Braxton's Ugly Split With Estranged Husband Gabe Solis

While fans tuned in to WeTV's Tamar & Vince featuring Tamar Braxton and Vincent Herbert, Braxton's sister Trina Braxton is going through an ugly divorce with her now estranged husband Gabe Solis.

Nicole tells Wyatt something unexpected on the April 24, 2015 episode of 'The Bold and the Beautiful'

Nicole Spills An Unexpected Secret To Wyatt On 'The Bold and the Beautiful'

The Spencers are hoping to learn the big secret that they know will help take Rick (Jacob Young) down, and they could possibly get the answers they didn't expect on The Bold and the Beautiful.

Jamie Dornan

What Did Jamie Dornan's Father Think After Watching '50 Shades Of Grey'

Jamie Dornan's father didn't mind watching him in '50 Shades of Grey'

Savannah James, Lebron James

LeBron James' Wife Savannah Shares First Photo Of Daughter On Instagram, 'I See You Zhuri!'

NBA satr LeBron James' wife Savannah James has finally given fans a look at their three-month-old daughter Zhuri via Instagram.

Sister Wives

Robyn's Ex-Husband Refuses To Give Up Parental Rights & Meri Brown Leaves 'Sister Wives?'

The season 6 premiere of TLC's 'Sister Wives' is set for just a few weeks from now, and it appears that sources are saying Meri Brown will not be returning.

Latest News

'The Good Wife'

Kalinda To Leave 'Renewed' From Season 6 Of 'The Good Wife'?

Showrunners Robert and Michelle King spoke about Kalinda's exit from 'The Good Wife,' in a recent interview.

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction

All-New Female Transformers To Feature In 'Transformers 5'?

Could a recent development in Hasbro's 'Transformers' line spice things up in the 'Age of Extinction' sequel?

Terminator Genisys

New 'Terminator: Genisys' Trailer Reveals ' Ultimate Killer App' And Previously Unseen Footage

The new international trailer for 'Terminator: Genisys' has new spoilers to offer.

'Jurassic World'

'Jurassic World' To Take Place 21 Years After The Original, Chris Pratt Dishes

In a recent Reddit interaction, Chris Pratt dished about 'Jurassic World' and what fans can expect from the movie.

Ben Affleck Jennifer Garner

Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner Spotted Keeping Romance Alive

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner continue to prove that dreams really can come true when it comes to long-term marriage.

Mistresses

'Mistresses' Actors Have 'Good Old Fashion Fun' Together

As fans await the arrival of 'Mistresses' Season 3, the castmates appear to be having a great time together.

Bryant Jennings

HBO Boxing LIVE STREAM: Watch Wladimir Klitschko vs Bryant Jennings Online

Find out how to watch Wladimir Klitschko vs Bryant Jennings.

Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson Has Reportedly Gotten Back Together With Her Ex

It appears that Dakota Johnson is not a single gal anymore.

Nashville

Remainder Of 'Nashville' Season 3 Will Be 'Jaw-Dropping' & 'Heart-Pounding'

'Nashville' fans are going to want to brace themselves for the wild drama that's about to happen in the remaining episodes of the season.

Jason Kennedy Lauren Scruggs

See PHOTOS Of Jason Kennedy & Lauren Scruggs' Classy Pad

Jason Kennedy and Lauren Scruggs are living the dream in their fancy five-bedroom home in Studio City, California.

Featured Videos

From Our Partners

Games of Thrones Ascent

'Game Of Thrones Ascent' Expansion 'Fire & Blood' Adds Growing Dragons And More Events From The HBO Show

Coinciding with the beginning of Game of Thrones' fifth season, Disruptor Beam has released an expansion for its mobile and web title Game of Thrones Ascent.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

'Lara Croft And The Temple Of Osiris' Collectible Gaming Heads Figure Preorders Begin Today

Gaming Heads is now taking pre-orders for a figure inspired by the co-op craziness of Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris.

Johnny Gaudreau

CANUCKS vs FLAMES Watch FREE Live Stream Online: Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1, Game 6

The Canucks look to force a Game 7 while the Flames hope to wrap up the series in Calgary. Game 6 can be live streamed for free here.

Cruz Azul

Cruz Azul vs. Chiapas Live Stream Free Online: Liga MX Clausura 2015, Projected Lineups and Tactical Preview

Two clubs chasing the Clausura Liga MX title will do battle today in a league match between Cruz Azul and Chiapas. The first-division clash scheduled for 6 p.m. ET will be held at the Estadio Azul in Mexico City. It can be live streamed here free and via the Univision Deportes mobile app. Additional TV coverage can be found on Univision.

Dion Jordan

Dolphins Football Rumors: Dion Jordan No Future in Miami, Trade to Eagles Imminent?

This isn't exactly what the Miami Dolphins envisioned when they traded up to draft Dion Jordan in 2013. The 25-year-old was absent from the team's offseason workouts this week, prompting the Dolphins front office to sidestep questions about his whereabouts.

Everton

Everton vs. Manchester United Live Stream Free Online: Premier League Table 2015, Projected Lineups and Tactical Preview

Marouane Fellaini returns to his old stomping grounds on Sunday. The first-division clash between Everton and Manchester United is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. ET and can be live streamed here free. Additional TV coverage can be found on NBC Sports.

Halo MCC

Halo The Master Chief Collection Matchmaking Ranks: HCS & Team Slayer Now Boast Skill Ranking Systems

As of yesterday, HCS and Team Slayer have finally been given rank--and skill matchmaking has been improved.

Xenoblade Chronicles X

Nintendo Direct Xenoblade Chronicles X Livestream: Watch The Gameplay Video Showcase & Nintendo Treehouse Presentation

Nintendo will be hosting a livestream today to show off upcoming Wii U RPG Xenoblade Chronicles X, tune in now!

Patrick Kane

PREDATORS vs BLACKHAWKS Watch FREE Live Stream: Game 6, Round 1 Playoffs

The Predators look to force a Game 7 while the Blackhawks hope to wrap up the series on home ice in Chicago. Game 6 can be live streamed for free here.

Steven Stamkos

RED WINGS vs LIGHTNING Watch FREE Live Stream Online: Game 5 From Tampa Bay

Both teams look for a 3-0 series edge when the Red Wings and Lightning clash in Tampa Bay. Game 5 can be live streamed for free here.

Real Time Analytics