Although I lived in the Bay Area for a decade and a half I had no idea that it’s perfectly legal to stroll the streets of San Francisco au natural. And now a 65 year-old nudist (why is it that nudists are always over the hill?) is organizing a public service announcement in a form of a “nude-in” to let us all know that public nudity in the City is not only permitted, but possibly “not lewd”:
Though the naked guys aren’t fans of Supervisor Scott Wiener’s recently proposed legislation mandating that they put a towel down on a public chair or bench before sitting on it, the nude-in is actually unrelated.
It was planned weeks ago as a sort of pre-party for Sunday’s Folsom Street Fair. Because, you know, that daylong celebration of all things nude and leather-related stretching 13 blocks through the city doesn’t necessarily fill the weekend’s naked-in-public quotient. Last year’s pre-Folsom nude-in drew 50 nudists, though Wiener’s legislation could prompt a larger turnout.
Evidently, nothing pisses off jerks as much as a request to be courteous. And so:
George Davis, a 65-year-old nudist best known for his unsuccessful run against Gavin Newsom in the 2007 mayor’s race, said the nude-in is just about letting people know it’s legal to go naked in San Francisco. (He’s right; it’s only illegal if one is aroused.)
“You wouldn’t believe how many people don’t know it’s OK to be nude; it’s not illegal,” he said. “It’s just conveying a message that nude is not lewd, that you have a right to be nude. That’s about it.”