Scott Wiener, a member of the San Francisco city council is proposing a legislation that would require nudists in San Francisco to cover public benches before sitting down on them, and to cover themselves before entering a restaurant. A group of nudists held a protest at Castro District’s ‘The Buff Stop’.
The Associated Press has the story:
Several dozen men and at least one woman took part in a naked protest Saturday in an area of the Castro District neighborhood that has become known for its nude visitors. Several carried signs that read, “Nudity is Not a Crime” and “Get Your Hate Off My Body,” as they milled around, undeterred by the brisk weather and light mist.
San Francisco generally allows public nudity, but a city supervisor has proposed regulating the practice. Supervisor Scott Wiener’s proposal would require the clothing-averse to cover up in restaurants. It would also require nudists to put a cloth or other barrier under their bottoms if they take a seat in public.
Mitch Hightower, the organizer of the so-called “nude-in,” said it was not intended as a protest against the proposal. The goal, Hightower said, was to promote acceptance of the human body no matter what shape or form it comes in.
“The people out here believe there is nothing indecent or offensive about the human body,” he said.
The event, which had been scheduled before Wiener’s proposal was announced, was part of the unofficial celebrations leading up to the annual Folsom Street Fair, billed as the world’s largest leather and fetish event.
Home to the gay rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s, the Castro — where sex shops coexist with trendy cafes and bars — is still one of the most free-thinking neighborhoods in this famously liberal city.
But even the Castro has its limits, says Scott Wiener, a 14-year resident of the neighborhood and its newly elected Democratic member of the San Francisco city council.
He is proposing legislation that would require nudists in San Francisco to cover public benches or seats before sitting down on them, and to cover themselves altogether before entering a restaurant.
Violators would be fined $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second, and $1,000 or more — plus a year in jail — a third time around.
The Castro is “ground zero” when it comes to public nudity, and particularly Jane Warner Plaza, an enclosed seating area at the throbbing intersection of Castro and Market streets, the councillor said.
“In the last few years it’s become more obnoxious and in your face,” he said. They hang out and pick up a lot of the seats there, and sit down without covering. It’s unsanitary.”
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