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More nudophobia in SF's Castro

by Senior Unlimited Nudes (nakedmarvin [at]
Prudish Castro Street Fair officials censor bare skin.
What would Harvey do? ( plus Oct. 8-9 calendar)
On a cold grey Oct. 3, Castro Street Fair "safety" officials ordered a semi-nude peace demonstrator to get dressed or else leave the CSF area.

Marvin Gordon, vice-president of Senior Unlimited Nudes, reluctantly obeyed the nudophobes.

Next the prudish censors hassled a young man for displaying a small wooden phallus, which protruded from the fly of his pants. Man and phallus both wore sombreros.

Gordon soon was wearing a hastily-lettered sign,
attached to the front of his shorts,


CSF's Talibanic nudophobia contrasts sharply with current SF Pride policy at its Sunday festival, where nudity and topfreedom are tolerated. Similar broad-mindedness prevails in The City at Bay 2 Breakers, Pink Saturday, Dore Alley Fair, Folsom Street Fair, the brand-new Love Parade, et cetera.

Why does CSF want to regress from the 21st century to the 19th?

Does CSF think that censoring us queers will make us
acceptable to homophobes?

Has CSF asked itself, "What would Harvey do?"

Freedom until death!
Senior Unlimited Nudes (SUN) of San Francisco
Tuesday, 5 October 2004

PS 1: For previous IndyBay posting on nudophobia
in the Castro, Sept. 30,
please see:


PS 2: If any journalist wishes to interview Marvin Gordon about this incident,
they may phone him at Hotel Aida, 415.863.4141, in downtown SF;
or meet him on Nude Peace Day, October 9, at Baker Beach.

Here's a
for October 8 and 9
( compiled by SUN and SaveFreedom;
plus info from HolyTitClamps ):
For more "queer things to do"
in the San Franhattan Gay Area,
please visit Larrybob at HTC:

[ ]
And for arts events,
please visit the Squidlist calendar:

[ ]
Please FORWARD freely, as appropriate.

CAL-SF: October 8 (?):

Theater Festival.

All welcome.


[ ]


CALIFORNIA: Friday, circa 8 October:
Deadline for state Attorney General Bill Lockyer to file a brief
defending Cal's unfair, homophobic and sexist marriage laws.

[ Comment by SUN: Lockyer should have recused himself from same-sex marriage lawsuits.
By handling this issue personally, instead of letting an assistant AG represent the state,
Lockyer has contradicted himself and has angered many queer voters. ]

AUSTRALIA: Saturday, October 9:
national elections
(which may affect Australia's involvement in Iraq?).

*** CAL: SF: 9 October 2004: Saturday afternoon:

first annual Nude Peace Day at Baker Beach:

*** N U D E PEACE DAY: You're invited to bodypaint and get bodypainted for freedom and peace, on N u d e Peace Day, the second Saturday of each October, at Baker Beach, San Francisco. Free. Adults of all genders and orientations are welcome. Take #29 Muni bus to Baker Beach (either of two stops; ask driver); or bike there; or walk from Geary Blvd. and 25th Ave. Walk to northern parking lot, which has water fountain & toilets. From parking lot, walk north on beach (toward Golden Gate Bridge), thru prude zone and into clothing-optional zone. Then visually follow the cable fence (separating usable beach from protected vegetation) until you see a Leather Pride Flag (bearing a red heart, with stripes of black, blue, and white). If you don't see the flag yet, just enjoy the beach on your own. Look again for flag, or bodypainters, each hour, especially near the log stairway. Since organizers must carry supplies on bus, no reliable time can be guaranteed. We hope to be there by 2PM, possibly earlier. Rain cancels.
For details or last-minute changes, please see SUN
[ ]

*** CAL, northern: Oakland:
9 October, Saturday evening:
October 9
"Sacred Prostitutes Perform" --
an exorcism of shame to benefit the
Berkeley ballot initiative for sex workers’ rights.
with dance by “slut-goddess” Ruby Pearl,
with book signing by whore-priestess Scarlet Harlot,
"The Unrepentant Whore";
with spoken word by sex positive
Stacey Swimme,
Robin Few,
and Debbie Moore.

Saturday, 10/9/04,
Loop Gallery, 6436 Telegraph Ave., near 65th St., Oakland

For info:
[ debbiemoore [at] ]

[ SUN says:
You can still attend this Oct. 9 evening event in Oakland at 8PM;
AFTER the Nude Peace Day afternoon gathering at SF's Baker Beach. ]

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