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Thursday, January 31, 2013

George Davis, Perennial Nudist Candidate, to Announce Bid to Unseat Scott Wiener

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 6:30 AM

George Davis, far right, hopes to march into office
  • George Davis, far right, hopes to march into office

Tomorrow, it seems, is gonna be a big day. Not only have the city's indignant nudists promised to put the nascent nudity ban to the test, plaintiff and serial nudist candidate George Davis has pledged to announce his candidacy for District 8 Supervisor in the 2014 election.

The current occupant of that position is a fella named Scott Wiener with fairly well-defined positions regarding disrobing in public. As SF Weekly noted earlier, however, his ordinance banning most nudity on city streets doesn't exactly have a well-defined solution for nudity couched as political speech -- and announcing one's candidacy for office seems a bit political. 

At a Jan. 17 hearing in federal court, Deputy City Attorney Tara Steeley was unable to answer Judge Edward Chen's query about how the city would handle a Feb. 1 political protest involving nude protesters protesting nudity laws. Broad exemptions for nude political demonstrations, she continued, would "be the exception that swallows the rule." Well, open wide. Christina DiEdoardo, the nudists' attorney, has already claimed that a "naked man with an #occupy cockring" would be acceptable political speech.

Come Feb. 1, we may see "Vote Davis" cock rings. People who went to law school are gonna have to deal with this. On the public dime.

See also: Judge Upholds Nudity Ban
Nudists, City Clash in Federal Court

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

S.F. Public Nudity Ban Upheld -- Lawyer Promises Friday Nude-In

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 3:25 PM

They're bummed!
  • They're bummed!

Update 4:04 p.m.: Christina DiEdoardo, the attorney representing a quartet of nudists, tells us that her clients are disappointed by the judge's decision. But that won't stop nudists from dropping trou come Friday -- the day that public nudity will be officially illegal.

Expect to see plenty of naked men and women around City Hall that afternoon, baiting cops as they rally to win back their right to be nude. Should those folks get cited for exercising their "free speech," then DiEdoardo believes they'll have a new case to file, one based on discrimination.

"The [judge's] order gave an implicit invitation to refile the case if there are instances of discrimination," she said. "There will be another demonstration Friday and my clients will be out there as usual, and if they are in fact cited for engaging in fair political speech that would appear to us [to be discrimination.]

Original story 3:25 p.m.: Public nudists have lost yet another battle to remain unclothed. Today, a U.S. District Court judge dismissed the group's challenge to the city's newly passed ban on public nudity, ruling that nudity bans are perfectly legal.

See Also: Here's How S.F. Nudists Would Dress, If They Did Wear Clothes

Judge Edward Chen sided with the city of San Francisco, which argued that the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, have already repeatedly upheld the constitutionality of local public nudity bans, adding that "such bans are a valid and longstanding feature of municipal codes throughout the nation."

According to the ruling:

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Nudity Debate Tonight: Open Your Mind

Posted By on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Fight the power... - JOE ESKENAZI
  • Joe Eskenazi
  • Fight the power...

As a federal judge mulls San Francisco's pending ban of most public nudity, city denizens may be desiring a thoughtful debate over the merits of walking around naked in public -- sans demonstrative people walking around naked in public.

Barring the unforeseen appearance of a nudist, tonight may offer just that. A debate over the merits and detriments of the anti-nudity ordinance is slated for 7 p.m. at the Commonwealth Club.

Club members take in the event for free; non-members must cough up $5. Non-member nudists must find someplace to keep that $5 prior to forking it over.

See Also: Nudists, City Clash in Federal Court

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Nudists, City Clash in Federal Court

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 4:44 PM

I am the law... - JOE ESKENAZI
  • Joe Eskenazi
  • I am the law...

In a city where everything is political, is everything really political? What about cock rings? Yes, really.

The city's indignant nudists have quite literally made a federal case out of Supervisor Scott Wiener's ordinance banning disrobing in most public venues. Today the nudists' and city's attorneys clashed before District Court Judge Edward Chen.

It will be up to Chen to determine where Constitutionally protected political activity ends and mere public nudity begins. Sometime before the ordinance takes effect on Feb. 1, he will weigh in on whether to grant the city's motion to dismiss the nudists' suit or accommodate the nudists and issue an injunction against punishing public nudity. And while Chen is making up his mind, the city's "urban nudists" have two more weeks to gallivant about the city au naturel.

During the lunchtime rush, a handful of nudists bared their wares in front of the Federal Building. Entering the hulking structure is an experience akin to entering an airport -- and, counter-intuitively, many of the nudists took a great deal of time to go through security, trickling into the hearing on the late side.

See Also: Overexposed: The Story That Started It All on Castro Nudists

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Public Nudists Hang Out -- Literally -- at the Courthouse Today (NSFW)

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM

As promised, public urban nudists (as opposed to rural nudists?) descended on the steps of the federal court building this afternoon as a federal judge hears their challenge to the city's public nudity ban, which goes into effect Feb. 1.

SF Weekly's Joe Eskenazi is down at the courthouse, but before heading inside, he was kind enough to give us a glimpse of what those of us in cubicles were missing:

  • Joe Eskenazi

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Public Nudists Have 15 Days Left of Grossing People Out

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Will soon need a wardrobe
  • Will soon need a wardrobe

We know there's gotta be some parents out there counting down the days from their kitchen calendar where they can safely take the kids on a family stroll to Dolores Park without fear of running into those freely flapping dicks.

On Feb. 1, the new law banning most public nudity begins, which means all the naked people will have to cover themselves in some sort of fabric before they leave the house, or face an unpleasant fine.

Nudists, hoping to reverse this law, are going to give San Francisco one last show (at least, we hope it's the last) tomorrow when they will gather naked in front of the Federal building -- the same day their class action lawsuit goes before a judge.

See also: Nudists Refuse to Get Naked in the Rain (NSFW)

Local Blogger Arrested for Trying to Photograph Supervisor Scott Wiener's Wiener

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Nudists Hope Their Naked Bodies Will Stop Supervisor Scott Wiener From Rising Politically

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 1:33 PM

City Hall mascot
  • City Hall mascot

If nudists weren't using their nakedness to make a political statement before, they sure are now.

San Francisco's naturists are planning to strip down once again at City Hall tomorrow when the Board of Supervisors is expected to select its next president. The nudists hope that dropping trou will convince city supervisors not to make Supervisor Scott Wiener the next president.

See also: Fox News Thinks Everyone in San Francisco Is Naked Right Now

Here's How Nudists Would Dress if They Did Wear Clothes

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

S.F. Asks Federal Court to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Ban on Naked People

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Incidentally, their lawyer does wear clothes - KATE CONGER
  • Kate Conger
  • Incidentally, their lawyer does wear clothes

San Francisco's City Attorney is attempting to block public nudists from taking the city to court over its recently passed nudity ban.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera today filed a motion in federal court, hoping a judge would dismiss the nudists' lawsuit challenging the city's ban on most public nudity. The motion claims that courts have consistently upheld public nudity bans elsewhere and, thus, San Francisco should be no different.

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Fox News Thinks Everyone in San Francisco Is Naked Right Now

Here's How Nudists Would Dress if They Did Wear Clothes

According to the CA's motion:

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Public Nudists Get Naked During Board of Supervisors Meeting, One Arrested

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

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It's official: Public nudity is soon to be a thing of the past in San Francisco.

But until then, expect to see lots of T&A around town.

Following the Board of Supervisors 7-4 vote passing the ban, about a half-dozen nudists, led by Gypsy Taub, disrobed -- as promised -- and began shouting down the supervisors, calling them corporate puppets. They were immediately swarmed by sheriff's deputies who hussled them into waiting elevators and away from the scores of cameras.

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Nudists Want to Know Why City Supervisor Didn't Want the City to Film Them Naked

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 1:46 PM


That's the thing about nudists -- they want to be seen. So you can only imagine how upset they were to discover their naked bodies were never documented during a recent public meeting when a handful of them took off their clothes.

And they blame Supervisor David Chiu for that.

Spearheaded by prolific nudist Gypsy Taub, the community sent a letter to District Attorney George Gascón claiming their mass disrobing at the Nov. 20 Board of Supervisors meeting was illegally censored from public record.

According to Taub:

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