SF nudists filing class action suit against City over nudity ban

Attorney Christina DiEdoardo

San Francisco nudists have started a Rally.org fundraiser to retain attorney Christina DiEdoardo to file a class action suit against the city and city officials to block the proposed ban on nudity. Last month, Christina DiEduardo wrote a blog post titled, Why No City Ordinance is Needed to Ban Public Nudity in San Francisco. The Rally.org page states that DiEdoardo will be taking the case at a discounted rate detailing,

“Attorney, Christina DiEdoardo, is taking on this case at much less than normal professional rates because she believes the issue involved is an important one involving political free speech and the improper criminalization of harmless behavior by unprincipled prudes and attention-seeking politicians.”

Just in case you are new here, the nudists have caught the attention of those in our neighborhood and those at City Hall that do not care for their increased presence around the Castro. Castro’s District 8 Supervisor, Scott Wiener, has put forth legislation to ban nudity throughout the city. The legislation has been approved by one committee and is moving on to the full board for final approval. The nudists have already put together a protest opposing the legislation and are planning for another this Wednesday at City Hall.

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. I can not wait till they show up in court that way and gets their asses put in Jail!

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  2. McCray Wimpsett says:

    Thanks for the update. This time I have to come out, naked to show that a few lewd exhibitionist shouldn't ruin it for the rest of us!! Most of the "nudist" in the Castro also disgust me. They aren't nudist.

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  3. Joe says:

    While I feel sorry for the naked guys, it's the exhibitionist that have gone too far and make this new law necessary. The nudist should have reined in the exhibitionist before it got so out of control and they pissed off the community.

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  4. Michael says:

    I don't have a problem with the nudists. I have a problem with the exhibitionists. And I think the vast majority cannot tell the difference between the two. The nudists really needed to police themselves and not allowed the exhibitionists that have ruined it for them: the ones that wear cockrings, ball stretchers, silicone injected balls.

    Sadly, the bad apples ruined it for the bunch. And sadly, this law will be put in place.

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  5. As an outsider looking in. I am so glad that San Francisco and Weiner have NO BIGGER problems in The Castro to worry about. Must be Nirvana there

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  6. Mark says:

    Like many across America, I have come to count on San Francisco to lead the way for the rest of the nation in tolerance for public nudity. Nudity is the natural human condition and is also a harmless choice in wardrobe. It is not the job of government to pick out the clothes we shall wear in the morning, nor it is government's place to protect others from the sight of the human body.

    One primary reason naturists, nudists and skinny dippers chose to be nude outdoors is for the health benefits provided by sun and fresh air and a circulatory system unimpaired by constricting elastic and fabric. There is also psychological benefit to social nudity. For many people, regular intervals of outdoor nudity is a component of their religious belief system and as such, should be protected by law.

    If San Francisco had a problem with littering and the city decided to make it illegal for restaurants to allow patrons to place their orders "to go" because the patrons might fail to dispose of the food wrappers properly, that would be absurd.

    Yet is this proposal not equally absurd?

    I am not a lawyer and cannot pass judgement on whether illegal behavior has occurred (putting the question of nudity aside). But if something illegal has gone on, then prosecute the few who commit it, without slashing the civil liberties and innocent happiness of an entire city.

    You might not care this time, but if government is free to destroy my freedom today, will they come to take your freedom away tomorrow?

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