UPDATE: Nudity Ban Heads To Mayor For Signature-Nudists Vow Fight Not Over

Nude Protestors in front of City Hall (Photo: AP Newswire)

Today marks what many in the Castro hopes is the final chapter of nudist letting it all hang out at Jane Werner Plaza. The Board of Supervisors had it’s second, perfunctory meeting regarding Sup. Scott Wiener’s proposed measure halting public nudity, and approved it.  The decision, which was booed and heckled by members of the public in favor of nudity, now goes to Mayor Ed Lee for his signature. He has indicated that he will happily sign it.

The minute the gravel struck at least six people stripped down and began yelling insults at the board. Sheriff’s deputies quickly covered the naked men and women with blankets and hustled them out of the chamber, but not before one man warned that the vote would send the wrong message to children about their bodies and encourage anorexia, bulimia and sexual intimacy issues.

The law stipulates some leeway in nudity. Exemptions include nudity at private beaches, private property and permitted special events such as Bay to Breakers or the Folsom Street Fair and doesn’t apply to children under 5 years old. The ban once signed is expected to go into effect by February 2013.

Those who want to violate the law could expect to be fined $100 for the first offense and $200 for the second in a 12-month period. Convictions under the proposed law wouldn’t result in a sex offense, but a third offense could bring a $500 fine or a misdemeanor. Nudist have already put together a class action suit saying the law will violate their first amendment right to freedom of expression. As we reported a federal judge will review the merits of that suit.

Waiyde Palmer

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15 Responses

  1. Joe says:

    I would say the “fight” is over. Now we can ALL enjoy the plaza this Summer without looking at the creep in the black wig and sunglasses jerking his cock. If you want to point a finger at who fucked it up for the naked guys, point in his direction.

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  2. Waiyde says:

    Depends on the outcome of the lawsuit before the final nail is driven into the coffin of their cause.

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    • Joe says:

      If just about every other City in California has a nudity ban…My guess is, you can almost hear the hammer hitting the nail. Too bad, when the guys were cool about it, it was fun. When they got creepy is when they lost support.

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      • Waiyde says:

        the exhibitionistic element certainly turned many hardened supporters limp.

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      • Ramón says:

        So, this past weekend, when three nude musicians were performing under the BofA’s windows, did that give you a frownie too? We’re talking 12-13% BMI.

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        • Waiyde says:

          I thought they were cute & talented. Especially the impish one.

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        • Joe says:

          Ramon,
          I thought they were cute and fun. They did put a smile on my face. It was silly and fun. The difference was they were not grabbing their cocks, wearing cock rings or being creepy. As I’ve written in the past, I have no problem with the naked guys, it’s the exhibitionist that caused the problem for me and many people in the community.

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  3. Ramón says:

    Little old lady call the police station:

    Old Lady: “The couple next door are in the window of their house, having sex!”

    Police officer arrives and follows lady upstairs. He peers out the window, but can’t see the couple. “I can’t see a thing, M’am.”

    Old Lady: “Stand on the chair you dimwit, stand on the chair!”

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  4. Ramón says:

    Now that Wiener and his cohorts have crushed that cabal of nudists, what new social indiscretion will he target?

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    • Waiyde says:

      Hard to tell-micro apartment new development in the Castro so more people can live in an area w/even more dwindling City services despite the tax base we all pay?

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  5. pch1013 says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t more residents in the Castro increase our tax base?

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