Naked protesters arrested on first day of San Francisco nudity ban

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   Feb. 2, 2013 at 11:01 AM  |  Updated Feb. 2, 2013 at 2:19 PM   |   Comments

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Feb. 2 (UPI) -- A fanny pack, a mesh thong, and a brown coat were the only articles of clothing between the four nude protesters when they were arrested and loaded into a paddy wagon outside San Francisco City Hall Friday afternoon.

The protest was pulled together by Gypsy Taub, prominent nude activist, star of local cable show "My Naked Truth" and author of "Free Your Body, Free Your Mind!"

In keeping with the new ordinance, the protesters will be cited and fined $100. "To end the law we need to be cited by the law," said protester Trey Allen.

The Board of Supervisors voted 6-5 in favor of the legislation in December. The ban was upheld by U.S. District Judge Edward Chen who said that nudity is "not inherently expressive." The nudists' lawyer, Christina DiEdoardo, will meet with plaintiffs regarding a possible appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Nudity will still be allowed at the annual gay pride parade and Bay to Breakers race, however, which the nude activists say is unfair. Protester George Davis has unsuccessfully run for various San Francisco posts, including mayor, on a "body freedom" platform. Just before his arrest, Davis announced his candidacy for District 8 supervisor to replace Scott Wiener, author of the ban.

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