San Francisco protesters stage 'nude-in'

  • A Muni F-Market line streetcar rolls past nudists at Castro and 17th streets, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in San Francisco. Originally organized to celebrate the Folsom Street Fair, the nude-in gained popularity after Supervisor Scott Wiener's proposal to force nudists to sit on handkerchiefs or towels in public. (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Paul Chinn) NORTHERN CALIFORNIA MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTOG & CHRONICLE; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

SAN FRANCISCO — Hanging out on a street corner has taken on new meaning in San Francisco.

Several dozen men and at least one woman took part in a naked protest Saturday in an area of the Castro District neighborhood that has become known for its nude visitors. Several carried signs that read, "Nudity is Not a Crime" and "Get Your Hate Off My Body," as they milled around, undeterred by the brisk weather and light mist.

San Francisco generally allows public nudity, but a city supervisor has proposed regulating the practice. Supervisor Scott Wiener's proposal would require the clothing-averse to cover up in restaurants. It would also require nudists to put a cloth or other barrier under their bottoms if they take a seat in public.

Mitch Hightower, the organizer of the so-called "nude-in," said it was not intended as a protest against the proposal. The goal, Hightower said, was to promote acceptance of the human body no matter what shape or form it comes in.

"The people out here believe there is nothing indecent or offensive about the human body," he said.

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