Committee Approves Supervisor Wiener’s Nudity Ban

Nude woman speaking out in opposition to Supervisor Wiener’s nudity ban

Supervisors Scott Wiener, Sean Elsbernd and Carmen Chu (Christine Olague was a no show) voted to support Supervisor Wiener’s legislation on banning public nudity in San Francisco and moved it on to the full Board.

The 10AM City Operations and Neighborhood Services meeting lasted 2 hours, had an overflow audience in another room and the majority of the thoughtful public comments were opposed to the legislation on various merits. Opponents were from all walks of life (straight, LGBT, married, single, with or w/o children of all ages, from local, state & national associations).

If the legislation is approved by the full board, it will establish fines that will start at $100 and rise for additional offenses within a year. Violators would not be required to register as sex offenders.

Watch the proponents and opponents voice their opinions regarding the legislation with the supervisors.

Roy McKenzie

Roy has been a Castro resident since 2010 and is passionate about drag queens, bicycling, and food. Follow his babbling on Twitter.

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7 Responses

  1. Kyle says:

    Scott Weiner is no better than Mitt Romney in the policing of other's bodies! If nonconforming people wanted to conform they would, but placing legislation on the books to survey and police the body is at the very least offensive, tyrannical, and just plain wrong! Next thing we know, now that we'll be forced to wear all manner of clothing, special devil repelling underwear, then the way we dress will be policed next. Scott Weiner my note to you:

    If you don't enjoy the diversity of this city that makes it great, Move out of it. Middle America would love to have your gay homonormative conservativeness represent their city. Do not police bodies, and do not place what you deem as presentable and "normal" on to other people.

    Today is a day that makes me incredibly nervous, we have a close presidential election happening, we have gay rights on the line, and we have a gay representative within our city more than happy to take rights away from others, hopefully we wont get a president that follows suit.

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    • Joe says:

      Give me a break. The naked guys are out of control. Not allowing people to expose themselves in public near 3 schools and a major transit hub isn't going to make SF Middle America. The naked guys should have done a better job of policing themselves so the residents and small business people didn't have to go to Scott and beg him to handle the problem.

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  2. WilloSF says:

    I would LOVE for there to be no need for such drastic measures as a nudity ban. But I have to say that if there had been any respect for the plaza, the neighborhood or fellow park users, it would never have come to this. We share the space. It's like the kid who acts so irresponsibly the playground gets closed/toys get banned and ruins it for everybody. This was entirely avoidable. The naked people pushed, and those annoyed by it pushed back.

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  3. MPetrelis says:

    Why was Olague absent and does she have a note from her doctor excusing her from carrying out her supervisorial duties yesterday? If she lacks a good reason for missing this meeting, I'd like to see her pay docked for failing to show up to work at City Hall.

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  4. Joe says:

    Petrelis, it's called a sick day. People who hold jobs, pay taxes, market rate rents, and don't leech off the system receive them. But of course, as someone who has lived off tax payers your whole life as a professional victim, you just wouldn't understand.

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  5. Why is that guard leaning over her and apparently touching her back? Is he translating her nude comments into clothed comments?

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    • Roy says:

      Haha! It's difficult to tell at this angle, but in the video the police officer went up to escort her out of the building. He was there for maybe 5 seconds.

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