At a special meeting of the City Operations and Neighborhood Services committee yesterday, Supervisors Sean Elsbernd, Carmen Chu, and anti-public nudity chairman Scott Wiener unanimously voted to bring a comprehensive ban on public nudity one step closer to reality. Before the committee of three could vote, however, the legislation that Supervisor Weiner whipped out last month was met with vocal and fleshy opposition from the nudist contingent.
Public comment at the meeting went on for a solid two hours, during which the committee heard remarks ranging from a mother pleading that she "would just like to be able to walk down the street and buy a carton of milk without seeing someone’s penis" to lamentations that a ban on exposed genitalia was "a war on gay men" and another step toward "normalizing" the city. If passed, the ban would make exposed naughty bits illegal on city streets, plazas, parks and public transit, but leaves the nudity-prone free to jiggle and flap through events like the Folsom Street Fair, Bay to Breakers and the Pride Parade.
Perhaps unsurprisingly at least one woman, nudist activist Gypsy Taub, used her two minutes of public comment time to completely disrobe right there in the committee chambers while calling Wiener's prohibition "fascist." Taub, who runs an amateur porn site called Lustful Goddess as well as an interviews-in-the-buff video blog that readers can google at their own discretion, brought us the only NSFW SFGovTV footage in recent memory:
With the nudity out of the way, public comment went on for another hour or so before Supervisor Wiener responded to the public's criticism of the ban. Those in opposition accused the Castro Supervisor of bending for a new contingent of straight people in the neighborhood, increasing numbers of families with children or business owners who were not necessarily party of the gay community. In defense of the legislation, Wiener claimed that "dominant demographic" of the ban's supporters were gay men.
One gay man who does not support the ban, however, is fellow Supervisor David Campos, who explained that he still hasn't seen the need to make the ban into law. Despite Campos' hesitation, the Board of Supervisors is expected to support the ban when it comes up for a vote on November 20th. Until then, expect the recent uptick in nudists-about-town to continue.