Public Nudity Ban: Nudity A “Caricature”, Says WienerBy: Amanda Crum - November 19, 2012
San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener says that citizens walking around nude on Castro Street is not what the city is about, and he’s looking to change the laws regarding bare bodies in public.
Until now, the laws have been relatively lax concerning outdoor nudity; the Castro District, which is the famous home to many in the LGBT community, has become a haven for those who wish to go nude every day of the week, and not just during the city’s infamous street-fairs and parades. But Wiener is proposing that the laws be changed to make it illegal for anyone to “expose his or her genitals, perineum or anal region on any public street, sidewalk, street median, parklet or plaza” as well as during rides on public transportation.
“I don’t think having some guys taking their clothes off and hanging out seven days a week at Castro and Market Street is really what San Francisco is about. I think it’s a caricature of what San Francisco is about,” Wiener said.
However, several nudists who have chosen that lifestyle are upset that the laws are about to change, saying that not everyone who leaves their clothes at home is an exhibitionist. Many are on a mission to “keep San Francisco weird” and say they love the freedom the city affords them when it comes to such a lifestyle.
“A few lewd exhibitionists are really ruining it for the rest of us,” nudist McCray Winpsett said. “It’s my time to come out now to present myself in a light and show what true nudity is all about so people can separate the difference between what a nudist is and an exhibitionist is.”
The news sent several concerned citizens to City Hall, where they protested for their right to bare everything. If the law passes, a violation could result in anything from a $100 fine to a $500 fine and time in jail