Sunday Nude-In at Jane Warner Plaza Ends in Arrests
Sunday, November 17th, San Francisco’s nudity ban was challenged, yet again, at Jane Warner Plaza in the Castro when activists disrobed in an act of civil disobedience and were detained and cited by SF’s finest.
According to the SF Gate prolific body freedom activist, Gypsy Taub, 44, her fiancé Jaymz Smith, 20, accompanied by three others nudist and a small cadre of supporters, including Taub’s three children, staged the protest in their ongoing campaign challenging the Scott Wiener initiated public nudity ban that went into effect February 1st.
Since its passing, Miss Taub, the Russian-born, Berkeley-based public access cable show host/blogger, has violated the law four times and been arrested or cited by SFPD. She was in court earlier last week challenging her conviction stemming from her first arrest, February 2nd, along with three others that took place on the steps at City Hall.
The small, but determined group of San Francisco urban naturists continue to push the envelope and the letter of the law by risking arrest every time they disrobe in public. They feel that challenging the ban is their civic duty to battle what they refer to as the ‘taming’ of the City and an infringement on their personal First Amendment Right to self-expression.
Jaymz Smith, Ms. Taub’s fiancé, is a new face on the body freedom scene and this was his first citation. He, like fellow activist Trey Allen who was arrested with Ms. Taub back in Febrary, had written ‘War is Obscene Not My Body’ across his chest. He met Ms. Taub at the Rainbow Gathering in Montana and is committed to help her and the cause.
Ms. Taub and the other protesters were warned that if they disrobed they would face possible arrest and citation. Ignoring the SFPD, protestors stripped down and began their protest outflanked by photographers nearly five to one.
Smith and Taub also used the moment to announce their upcoming nuptials –which will be done in the nude of course– on December 19th at San Francisco City Hall. “Everyone is invited!”, Ms. Taub stated through her bullhorn which, at the time, was the only thing she was wearing besides a handmade hat emblazoned with the phrase ‘Recall Wiener’.
SFPD offered protestors an opportunity to get dressed but were refused which led to the citations being issued. Ms. Taub and her troops have vowed to continue to challenge the law with these acts of civil disobedience until the law is repealed.