Come Friday, San Franciscans must put on their clothes.
A law banning public nudity in The City will go into effect after the U.S. District Court in San Francisco dismissed a challenge Tuesday.
The case was filed last year by four nudists who said covering up violated their First Amendment rights to express their political views. However, the court disagreed. In a hearing earlier this month, the judge in the case said it takes more than disrobing in public to make a political statement.
Although Tuesday’s “nude-in” at City Hall involved slightly more journalists than nudists, a small band of completely disrobed people turned out to protest a proposed citywide ban on public nakedness.
They held signs depicting classical paintings of naked subjects, along with disparaging remarks about Supervisor Scott Wiener, who recently proposed the ban after he said he had received too many complaints from residents in his Castro district. Read More
San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener arrived at Tuesday's board meeting to find a napkin lying on his seat -- a nod to legislation he introduced last week proposing restrictions on public nudists in the city.The napkin was placed on the seat as a joke by Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, who Wiener said "has taken a special interest in my public sanitary habits" since the legislation was introduced. Read More
George Davis has been arrested 15 times, but he doesn’t consider himself a criminal. He’s just naked. In public. A lot. He’s one of several unclothed Castro regulars who have become just as much of a landmark in the neighborhood as the rainbow flag. Read More