Tomorrow, Tuesday November 20th, could become an historic day for The Castro neighborhood in San Francisco.
The famously gay neighborhood, which for decades was one of the only places in the country where same-sex couples felt comfortable being openly gay and expressing love for their partners, will be voting on whether or not to ban certain levels of nudity heretofore legal in the area. Salon.com explains the specifics:
Supervisor Scott Wiener’s proposal would make it illegal for a person over the age of 5 to “expose his or her genitals, perineum or anal region on any public street, sidewalk, street median, parklet or plaza” or while using public transit.
Exceptions would be made for special events and parades, like during Gay Pride and the Folsom Street Fair.
What is most surprising to most people who aren’t familiar with the neighborhood is that there actually was a place in the major metropolitan area where grown adults could walk around with their genitals exposed.
While some people maintain that The Castro should remain true to its roots, others say that The Castro would be wise to become more family-friendly. And ultimately, maintains Supervisor Wiener, “I don’t think having some guys taking their clothes off and hanging out seven days a week at Castro and Market Street is really what San Francisco is about. I think it’s a caricature of what San Francisco is about.”
What do you think? Should The Castro remain nudity-friendly or try to go a bit more mainstream?
Image courtesy of Flickr/Orin Zebest