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November 2, 2010 – Election Day Results

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By George Davis

I don’t know whether it’s schadenfreuda, but many people ask me: “Did you win?” or “Who won the election?” Like, I might be concerned about not being elected.

My most common answers are: “I won in a perfect universe.” Or “Thank God I didn’t win. I promised 135 people ambassadorships to Luxembourg.”

The winner was Jane Kim. I knew that she was going to win when I learned that she had several hundred volunteers. That’s a lot of “feet on the street” for a district with 90,000 residents.

In a way, I was a big winner. My friends and I accomplished a lot more than we expected. Let me thank Lloyd, Rusty, Travis, SaraKay, Micky, Rocky, Paul, Thunderbolt, C.J., Woody, Mario, Jeff, Eric, Bare, Gypsy and many others. Without their help on the Free Body Culture movement and this campaign, it’s unlikely there would have been any forward progress.

1. The biggest legacy of the campaign is the turning of the Castro Commons into a clothing optional park. To the best of anyone’s knowledge, this is the first clothing optional non-beach urban park in America. The Castro Commons is a collection of planters and table seating opened less than a year ago located at Castro/17th Street/Market Street where the classic “F” streetcar line begins/ends. Other nudists and I have been hanging out there daily on nice weather days for the past two months.
2. As a result of my nude protest in front of City Hall (see image), the police are now instructed to no longer cite simple nudists for Indecent Exposure. However, the police still have an option, with a citizen’s arrest complaint, to issue a citation for the very ambiguous charge of Public Nuisance, another charge that needs to involve more than simple nudity for a conviction. At least, Public Nuisance does not involve any Sex Registry issues. Since the change of police policy, I have not heard of the police issuing any nudity citations for either charge.
3. The establishment of the right to campaign nude. My friends and I have made about a dozen unmolested campaign walks all over the City: Market Street, Mission District, SOMA, Financial District, the Castro, the Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Wharf and elsewhere. I sometimes felt that my campaign sign was to the police was like holding a cross to a vampire. The police would see us and disappear.
4. The 1st two campaign points were: Freedom of Expression and Freedom from Censorship. We certainly moved that agenda forward.

Oh, by the way, we all had a lot of fun with this campaign.

Caveat to out-of-town nudist visitors. As of November 2010, these Free Body Culture changes are still newish. You are always welcome to go nude at traditional special events like Gay Pride, World Naked Bike, Bay-to-Breakers Race, Folsom Street Fair, and St. Stupid’s Day Parade. Also note: Except for the Castro District on a non-special day, it’s best to not walk around the City alone while nude unless you look unbelievably funny or safe. San Francisco is not Mayberry. There are unfortunately a many mentally damaged people on the streets. Nudity is still rare in San Francisco and many people aren’t sure how to react to you. At least, if you’re with someone else, the public doesn’t have threatening uncertainties. Finally, being an out-of-towner, let’s face it, the police have the upper hand if they want to challenge your right to be nude. The police can intimidate you with an unenforceable citation that would be a pain in the ass for you to defend. However, if the police should harass you, please let me know of the situation.

Written by georgedavisdistrictsix

November 10, 2010 at 10:42 pm