No more public nudity allowed in San Francisco under new city law


Public nudity got the thumbs down, barely, as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to ban exposed genitals in most public places in the city that is know for its liberal attitudes.

A motion that passed in a vote of 6-5 Tuesday means nudity will now be illegal on city sidewalks, plazas, parklets, streets and public transit, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The decision came under fire from nudity supporters, including Gypsy Taub, pictured below. Taub was one of about 10 people who removed their clothes in council chambers in protest after the vote. She was eventually removed by security.

Protester Gypsy Taub speaks out against the Board of Supervisors decision to ban public nakedness while naked at City Hall in San Francisco on Nov. 20, 2012. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

The proposal was spearheaded by a supervisor (the San Francisco equivalent of councillor) named Scott Weiner, who said his constituents complain about the problem regularly. “It’s no longer a quirky part of San Francisco, it’s seven days a week,” Wiener told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Many people in the neighborhoods are over it and want to take action.”

For anyone who was planning to bare all in San Francisco, the new law still allows nudity at private beaches, on private property and at special events that have the proper permit. Children under five are also exempt. A fine will cost you $100 for a first offence.

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