Two dozen pro-nudity activists wearing little but their righteous indignation assembled on the steps of San Francisco City Hall on Nov. 14 to protest a proposed municipal ban on public nakedness.
“We are here today in response to an attack on our fundamental freedom, our freedom to be ourselves in our own city,” disrobed rally organizer Gypsy Taub declared as her fellow activists displayed signs saying, “Nudity is Natural” and “Nude is not Lewd.”
“Nudophobic bigotry has now taken root here in San Francisco,” Rusty Mills, 69, stripped down to his birthday suit, told his fellow demonstrators as they stood in the sunshine.
On the way back to City Hall, elementary school children playing on a schoolyard gawked and pointed at the naked demonstrators.
Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced the proposal to curb undressing after residents complained about a daily gathering of naked men in Jane Warner Plaza, a square in the Castro District.
“A lot of people who live in the neighborhood are just sick of the fact that seven days a week there are men taking their pants off and displaying their genitals on our sidewalks and plaza,” he said.