San Francisco Bans Public Nudity

    Protester Gypsy Taub speaks out against the Board of Supervisors decision to ban public nakedness while naked at City Hall in San Francisco, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. San Francisco lawmakers on Tuesday narrowly approved a proposal to ban public nakedness, rejecting arguments that the measure would eat away at a reputation for tolerance enjoyed by a city known for flouting convention and flaunting its counter-culture image. The 6-5 Board of Supervisors vote means that exposed genitals will be prohibited in most public places, including streets, sidewalks and public transit. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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    Time to cover up, San Francisco: the city’s lawmakers passed a ban on public nudity on Tuesday night—and angry protesters immediately stripped down. Supervisor Scott Wiener, who co-sponsored the bill, said the issue has evolved past a few naked men in the Castro district and is a growing problem. “It’s no longer a quirky part of San Francisco, it’s seven days a week,” Wiener said. Nudity defenders have called the ban an attack on personal expression. The law allows undressing in public at private beaches, on private property, and at special permitted events, such as Bay to Breakers and the Folsom Street Fair. Children under 5 years old will also get a free pass.

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