SAN DIEGO (CN) - A gay man claims in Federal Court that he has the "dubious distinction" of being the first person in San Diego history to be arrested for public nudity for wearing thong underwear under a gladiator kilt, at a gay pride event.
Will X. Walters claims city police selectively enforced a municipal policy on public nudity, which allows women to wear g-strings and thongs, but not gay men.
Walters also claims that San Diego Pride "wholeheartedly endorsed" the policy, to "curry favor" with the police department, to appeal to mainstream sponsors, and to make the event palatable to straight people and families.
"Will Walters is a Hispanic, gay man who owns the dubious distinction of being the only person in the history of the City of San Diego to be arrested and booked on a charge of public nudity," the complaint states. "Mr. Walters was arrested for public nudity at the 2011 Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual Transgender Pride ('Pride') event while wearing an opaque gladiator type kilt over black underwear. Under any definition, he was not nude, as his buttocks and genitalia were fully covered. Nonetheless, he was ushered out of the event, humiliated, arrested, and incarcerated."
Named as defendants are the City of San Diego, Lt. Nieslit, Sgt. Mondesir, Officer Ramirez, Officer Gardner, Officer '3329,' San Diego Pride, head of Pride security, Shawn Chamberlain, and Does 1-30.
According to Walters, the city's enforcement of its public nudity law "essentially allows thongs, g-strings, and other skimpy bathing suits to be worn by participants and attendees at straight special events, but not by attendees and participants at the one gay special event, Pride."
Walters claims that after he bought a $20 ticket, he "was readily admitted into the 2011 event by San Diego Pride personnel."
"He was dressed in leather gear consisting of boots, a black leather gladiator kilt, black underwear, and a black leather harness with chrome rings. His outfit ostensibly passed muster with the Pride personnel manning the admission gates, as Pride personnel ushered him into the event. His underwear and kilt completely covered his genitals, pubic hair, buttocks, perineum, anus or anal region as required by San Diego Municipal Code Section S6.S3(c). Mr. Walters had invested a significant sum of money in his leather gear and took special care to insure that he was compliant with the rules for the event," the complaint states.