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Three dozen people in the buff paraded around San Francisco on Sunday in the fourth-annual Nude Love Parade, celebrating the human body and protesting the city’s nudity ban.
The lively procession began at noon at the Jane Warner Plaza in Castro and continued to Haight and Stanyan in Golden Gate Park.
Many held signs with messages supporting nudism such as “Born this way” and “Freedom of choice.”
Parade organizer and nudist activist Gypsy Taub shouted out over a megaphone: “Don’t believe the lie. Your body is beautiful,” and “It doesn’t matter what size or shape your body is, it doesn’t matter what age or gender. Your body was made by God, and God doesn’t make mistakes.”
Along the route, people stood on the sidelines snapping photos on their phones.
While the parade began as a protest against the city’s ban on public nudity introduced in 2012, Taub says it’s also “a celebration of freedom of choice and freedom of expression, as well as a celebration of the beauty of the human body.”
While public nudity is illegal in San Francisco, groups can apply for permits to allow nudity for parades, fairs and festivals, as was the case with the Nude Love Parade.
The parade usually falls on Valentine’s Day, but was rescheduled this year due to weather. Taub’s group, the Body Freedom Lovers, also holds a “Summer of Love” parade in August.
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/San-Francisco-naked-nude-parade-love-Gypsy-Taub-13696989.php.