The San Francisco Police Department ushered parade-goers through the streets of the Castro and Haight-Ashbury districts in an act of defiance against an anti-nudity bill. Scott Wiener in According to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the anti-nudity bill made it illegal for genitals to be exposed in any public space, with the exception of permitted events that are approved by the city and county of San Francisco. Since the bill was passed, nudists of San Francisco have come together to protest in the annual parade. Taub believes nudity is part of the culture and history of the Castro district, where she recalls her first time being exposed to public nudity. Gary Smith, long-time attendee of the annual Nude Parade and active nudist, feels empowered by his decision to go nude.
Dozens march in the buff through San Francisco advocating for public nudity
Dozens march in the buff through San Francisco advocating for public nudity - SFGate
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True to form, Berkeley's City Council meeting on Tuesday night included some lengthy public debate about an issue that's not exactly vital city governance at the moment, and ultimately devolved into some yelling. It's been a while since we were debating Scott Wiener's nudity ban, which took effect in and has resulted in several older nudist gentlemen who frequent Jane Warner Plaza in the Castro. Led by body freedom fighter Gypsy Taub, a local contingent of nudists is planning their own celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, further testing San Franciscans' tolerance for the. It seems like it's been ages since we've heard a peep from our local body freedom activists, overshadowed as they've been by protests over bigger issues lately.
Our very first rally to legalize psychedelic medicine and our 3rd annual Nude Summer of Love Parade are dedicated to Jerry Garcia and are meant to celebrate his music, his life and his legacy. Jerry Garcia was the leader of the Grateful Dead band, a psychedelic guru and in my opinion the most powerful healer of all times. His medicines were love, music and psychedelics. He was able to take his listeners on shamanic journeys that made our spirits soar and touched our hearts in ways that healed the deepest wounds of loneliness and despair. Jerry has transformed hundreds of thousands if not millions of lives including mine.