Above: Activist Gypsy Taub chats with the violinist for the performance.
Twelve Cops Required to Arrest Two Dancing Nudists
Upon arrival to the plaza several people noted the large police presence. The SFPD dispatched a total of twelve uniformed officers, including familiar faces that work the Castro neighborhood daily. There was also a paddy wagon parked on Seventeenth Street just past the F-Car trolley stop along with two other marked police vehicles, and two bicycle cops.
At the edge of the plaza just outside a vacant former clothing a store, a violinist played soft music, while a local television station interviewed Taub. Two uniformed police officers told the violinist that playing an instrument on the streets of San Francisco requires a permit. He was ordered to put his violin away or face citation.
A group of other uniformed officers leaned on a railing near the Pride flag and observed the plaza. Filmmaker Mr. Pam Gaypornmama was spotted in the crowd, and greeted warmly following the success of the location shoot for her new film “The Cover Up”, which took place in the same plaza the previous weekend.
The three other original litigants in the lawsuit to prevent the nudity ban were also in attendance with Taub. Rusty Mills was using a small camera to capture video from the sidelines, George Davis was wearing a rainbow stripe “cock sock” as he greeted his pals and Mitch Hightower, wearing a bright pink tank top, had his video gear in hand.
Taub and Davis stripped off what scant clothing they had on, and were joined by Woody Miller, who wore only lavender high-tops with checkerboard socks. Miller is a popular Castro neighborhood icon, urban nudist and long-time employee at Orphan Andy’s diner. The trio began dancing in an artistic fashion and Taub showed off iridescent wings that were part of her costume.
Very shortly thereafter, the dancing nude trio was approached by two uniformed officers and told they had “five minutes” to cover up or face citation. The group continued to dance as the violin player took his instrument out of the case, began playing again and was then joined by two other musicians with a guitar and drums.
The police stood by in small groups while the dancers continued their performance. A crowd of about eighty had gathered which included media people, nudist supporters and the curious with cameras.
At the five-minute mark, the police moved in and ordered the dancing trio to get dressed. Taub and Davis refused to comply stating that it was their “free speech right” to dance naked on the sidewalk. Miller agreed to comply with the order to cover-up and a single officer escorted him across the plaza to where his clothing was located.
Once Miller covered his genitals with a mesh thong, he was issued a written citation. Taub, who remained naked and continued to dance, had to be escorted away by multiple officers. Davis was put in metal handcuffs and also escorted away by several officers to the paddy wagon waiting nearby.
Miller showed off his citation to reporters in the plaza as the paddy wagon drove away and the remaining police personnel disbursed. Both Taub and Davis were taken to an undisclosed location, believed to be the Mission Police Station.
Note: Images in this post were provided by the photographers at the BNIP web site and have been used here with express written permission. Thank you to our pals at BNIP, (bucknakedinpublic.com)
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Above: Two SFPD officers walk away from having just told a street musician that "playing an instrument on the sidewalk requires a permit".
Above: A group of uniformed officers observes the plaza from beneath the Pride flag.
Above: Activist Gypsy Taub speaks to a reporter from KTVU Channel 2 News.
Above: Woody Miller, (back to camera), chats with Mr. Pam Gaypornmama and Mitch Hightower prior to the start of the nude dancing.
Above: More police stand by on the sidewalk.
Above: A uniformed officer gives the group five minutes to cover up and disburse.
Above: Taub shows off her iridescent wings.
Above: Two cops watch while George Davis dances nude.
Above: The dancing nude trio is surrounded by cops, media people and nudist supporters.
Above: A view of the crowd in Harvey Milk Plaza.
Above: The violinist returns to play and is joined by other musicians.
Above: Taub is accosted by the police when she refuses to cover her vagina with clothing.
Above: Uniformed police escort Taub to a paddy wagon waiting nearby.
Above: Miller is required to provide ID and cover his genitals before being issued a citation for violating the public nudity ban.
Above: A Castro neighborhood police officer looks less than amused by the artistic public nudity.
Above: Two uniformed SFPD officers are busy texting and writing notes during the arrests.
Above: Five cops escort Davis to a police van which had been waiting nearby for over an hour.
Above: Taub and Davis, both nude and handcuffed, were placed inside the paddy wagon and driven away.
Above: Several shutterbugs recorded the arrests on video tape.
Above: Miller shows off his citation in the plaza following the Nude Dance Performance.