Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Wiener gets bent over nudity coverage

Out gay San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener is complaining about local coverage of his legislation involving naked people.

In a piece headlined¬† “Ah, Nudity!!!” that appears today (Friday, September 16) in his monthly newsletter, Wiener says he’s spent “so much of my time working on key issues” like Muni and housing, but “the media decided to obsess on a very minor piece of legislation that I offered – providing some sanitary standards for naked people.”

Wiener’s legislation, which he submitted September 6, was in response to complaints about a handful of men who like to roam naked (such as the men at left), especially in the Castro, which Wiener represents.

The proposal would require anyone sitting naked on public seating to cover it with a towel. People also would be banned from being nude in restaurants.

“While the San Francisco press has chosen to sensationalize the issue – one that is a real issue in the Castro – other press, fortunately, have seen the sense in the legislation and have reported it for what it is: common sense, sanitary legislation,” Wiener said.

He then provides a link to a September 12 Chicago Tribune story.

As Wiener notes, “In San Francisco, public nudity is more or less legal.” He says police can arrest or cite a naked person only if they’re “aroused,” or if somebody sings a citizen’s arrest.

“Juries are not keen on convicting people of nudity offenses,” Wiener says.

He concludes by saying, “There are a lot of views about public nudity and whether it should be banned – and believe me, I’ve heard each and every one of those diverse opinions in the past few weeks.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, September 16, 2011 @ 4:26 pm PST
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