The San Francisco Board of Supervisors narrowly approved Supervisor Scott Wiener’s city-wide ban on nudity in a 6-5 preliminary vote today.
Supervisors in opposition to Wieners city-wide nudity ban said that the ban would draw on limited police resources and eat away at the city’s reputation for tolerance. Supervisor John Avalos of District 11 said that he was voting against the measure because he was, “concerned about civil liberties, about free speech, about changing San Francisco’s style and how we are as a city.”
The ban amends the San Francisco Police Code by adding Section 154 to prohibit nudity on public streets, sidewalks, street medians, parklets, and plazas, and on public transit vehicles, stations, platforms, and stops, except as part of permitted parades, fairs, and festivals. Violations of the ban would risk a $100 fine, repeat violations could lead to a $500 fine and a year in jail.
While the ban makes exceptions for events like Folsom Street Fair and Pride, it does not allow for your average, run-of-the-mill, kinky community fundraisers or parties.
Last week, nudists retained attorney Christina DiEdoardo to file a class-action lawsuit against the city in the case the nudity ban passed citing that a ban would “infringe on the nudists’ right to free speech.”
A final vote on the ban is expected to come next week.