San Francisco Bans Public Nudity

Time to cover up, San Francisco: the city’s lawmakers passed a ban on public nudity on Tuesday night—and angry protesters immediately stripped down. Supervisor Scott Wiener, who co-sponsored the bill, said the issue has evolved past a few naked men in the Castro district and is a growing problem. “It’s no longer a quirky part of San Francisco, it’s seven days a week,” Wiener said. Nudity defenders have called the ban an attack on personal expression. The law allows undressing in public at private beaches, on private property, and at special permitted events, such as Bay to Breakers and the Folsom Street Fair. Children under 5 years old will also get a free pass.