Public Nudity Ban: Will Scott Wiener Make Clothes Mandatory In San Francisco?

By Amir Khan on November 19, 2012 11:34 AM EST

Castro District
A public nudity ban proposed by San Francisco lawmakers has some residents so mad, they're protesting in the nude. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A public nudity ban proposed by San Francisco lawmakers has some residents so mad, they're protesting in the nude. The public nudity ban, which would ban public nudity in most public places, is being proposed in response to a group of men who frequently walk through the city's famously gay Castro District, something the area supervisor does not like.

The area supervisor, Scott Wiener, proposed the public nudity ban, which would make it illegal for anyone over the age of 5 to "expose his or her genitals, perineum or anal region on any public street, sidewalk, street median, parklet or plaza."

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"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," he told the Associated Press. "I think it's a caricature of what San Francisco is about."

People breaking the public nudity ban would face a $100 fine for their first offense, but the fine would escalate to $500 and a year in prison for a third offense.

Wiener proposed the public nudity ban after he received several complaints about the men who walk around the Castro District naked. The public nudity ban, however, sparked outrage, and some took to the streets in the nude to protest the public nudity ban.

McCray Winpsett, 37, told the Associated Press that while he understands that some people may not want to see every bit of the men who walk through the district, the public nudity ban would strip San Francisco of part of its identity.

"A few lewd exhibitionists are really ruining it for the rest of us," he said, wearing nothing but sunglasses and hiking boots.

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