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timeline for clothing-free public lands protests / advocacy / actions / legal battles / art / civil nudifications / culture clash / developing body-positive culture / streaking

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-Daniel Johnson, BFC

1800 through 1950

- 1868 Aproximate date of the introduction of the swimsuit. Most swimming, if not all, was done naked up to this point because wearing clothing of any sort was extremely cumbersome and thus dangerous to the swimmer. [see article in Travel Naturally Issue 49 from 2003]

- "Nudity and surfing Surfing developed across Polynesia as a nude activity, and remained so until top-coated 19th century missionaries shamed the natives into covering themselves, even while at play in the ocean. (The dress code was often ignored; a British engraving from 1874 shows a set of waves being ridden by nearly a dozen Hawaiian surfers, male and female, all of them naked.)" [source: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/10/05/CM243457.DTL]

- Several Freedomite (Svobodniki or Sons of Freedom) Doukhobors engaged in nude protests throughout Canadian history. In May of 1903 they went on a nude march and were persecuted. In 1932 the B.C. Government allotted Piers Island, located in the Pacific Ocean near Vancouver, where close to 900 people were sentenced to 3 years for their nude protests.

- Nazi edict was issued banning a newly emerging and flourishing naked culture. Germany, 3 March 1933.

- In 1934, men began going topfree in crowded New York public beaches, despite the threat of arrest. At the time, full-body swim attire was the norm.

1950 through 1975

- In 1969, 300 individuals participated in a massive naked "wade-in" at a Danish beach. As a result, the vast majority of Denmark's beaches become clothing-optional.

- Woodstock Music & Arts Fair. August 15 & 16, 1969. Bethel, New York, USA

- 1974 is a year of increased streaking around college campuses in the USA.

- In 1974, Ropert Opel appears naked in Los Angeles City Council Chamber. [source N 18.4, more info in Cec Cinder's "The Nudist Idea".

- 1976 The Down to Earth Co-op Society holds the first ConFest at Cotter River, ACT Australia with the aim of `transforming society’ .

1976 through 1985

- 1976 The Down to Earth Co-op Society holds the first ConFest at Cotter River, ACT Australia with the aim of `transforming society’. [source: http://www.dte.org.au]

- Memorial Day weekend, May of 1976. Nude Beach Picnic and photo shoot in front of the World Trade Center at "a temporarily barren, enormous construction sandfill directly on the Hudson River near Wall Street" in New York City, NY, USA. [source: N 19.3]

- August 7, 1976 first National Nude Beach Day designated. [source N 19.3]

- 1980 - 1981 The Naturist Society is formed in the USA. [source N 19.3]

- Beachfront USA established a beach nudism organizing and advocacy forum in Los Angeles, CA, USA

- Nude & Natural (N) magazine, established in 1981 by TNS founder Lee Baxandall. Originally named Clothed with the Sun.

- Stelarc performance piece, "Seaside Suspension: Event for Wind & Waves", body suspended over water at Jogashima, Miura, 30 May 1981

- Stelarc performance piece, "Street Suspension", body suspended over Mo David gallery, New York City, USA, 21 July 1984

1985 through 1990

- University of Michigan's "Naked Mile" at Ann Arbor - An annual run of streakers marking the last day of classes in winter. Started in 1985 by a handful of students and has since grown to around a thousand participants annually. The event died a few years ago after concerted action by police, encouraged to end it by the University of Michigan administration. [source: Paul Rapoport Dec 2003]

- Stelarc performance piece "City Suspension", suspended naked body over city of Copenhagen, 28 June 1985

- Burning Man first year, 1986 Location: Baker Beach, San Francisco, CA, USA. Larry Harvey conceives first Burning Man. Larry and Jerry James construct improvised wooden figure and burn it. Crowd instantly doubles as figure ignites. Built in honor of Summer Solstice. Participants: 20 [source: burningman.com]

- July 15, 1989 14 women go topfree outside Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY, USA. Protested inquality of the sexes in dress. [source N 12.2]

1990 through 1995

- 1990 Burning Man moves to Nevada, USA. Location: Baker Beach (Burn Location: Black Rock Desert, Nevada) Participants: 800 [source: burningman.com]

- 1991 Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA. Participants: 250 [source: burningman.com]

- painted naked cyclists at the Fremont Summer Solstice Parade, Seattle, WA, USA 1992-1996 first naked participants get involved

- Four go topfree for protest at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, Canada July 18, 1992 [source N 12.2]

- About 20 topfree women protest Brattleboro, Vermont, USA July 27, 1992 [source N 12.2]

- Spencer Tunick starts documenting the live nude figure in public in 1992 and continues to present.

- 1992 Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA. Participants: 600 attendees [source: burningman.com]

- Andrew Martinez attends a class - Russian history - without clothes in September 1992 at University of California - Berkeley [source N 12.2]

- Andrew Martinez, Debbie Moore, Nina Schilling, and Marty Kent. September 29, 1992 at Sproul Plaza, University of California - Berkeley, CA [source N 12.2]

- X-plicit Players go nude or topfree from Smokey Joe's Cafe on Shattuck Ave. to Cafe Milano on Telegraph to support NY topfree victory. Oct 11, 1992 Berkeley, CA. [source N 12.2]

- X-plicit Players arrested after nude performance outside campus Little Theatre. Jailed and had to make bail. Nov 17, 1992, University of California - Berkeley. [source N 12.2]

- 1993 Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA. Participants: 1,000 [source: burningman.com]

- Photographer "Harvey" photographs nudes in public urban environments from 1994-2002. He may have taken a few more since then. [source: Paul Rapoport]

- 1994 Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA. Participants: 2,000 [source: burningman.com]

1995 through 1997

- 1995 Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA. Participants: 4,000. Burning Man becomes most populous settlement (albeit temporary) in Nevada's Pershing County. Camp is now known as "Black Rock City." [source: burningman.com]

- 1996 Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA. Participants: 8,000 [source: burningman.com]

- December 6, 1996 Three girls walked naked up Mt Warning in Mt Warning National Park, Australia, which is recorded in the opening sequence of the Synetech video "Naked Celebrations". [source: Charles MacFarland of Synetech Video, e-mail from Dec 2003]

- April 6, 1997 A demonstration in favour of Belongil Beach, Australia, becoming a nude beach, which succeeded later. Event portrayed in "Naked Celebrations" video. [source: Charles MacFarland of Synetech Video, e-mail from Dec 2003]

- The X-plicit Players performance piece "The Body of Refuge" at People's Park, Berkeley, CA in 1997. [source X-plicit Player's website]

- 1997 Burning Man, Hualapai Playa, Nevada, USA. Location: Participants: 10,000 [source: burningman.com]

1998

- Early 1998: Two guys and two girls walked naked up Mt Warning in Mt Warning National Park, Australia, (as done similarly on Dec 6, 1996). [source: Charles MacFarland of Synetech Video, e-mail from Dec 2003]

- January 26, 1998 A demonstration in favour of Belongil Beach, Australia, becoming a nude beach, which succeeded later. Event portrayed in "Nude Beaches of Australia" video. [source: Charles MacFarland of Synetech Video, e-mail from Dec 2003]

- The X-plicit Players performance piece "Nature and Boxes" at People's Park, Berkeley, CA in 1998-1999. [source X-plicit Player's website]

- 1998 August 24. Evangeline Godron swims topfree in the Wascana pool (not for the first time) in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada [source: TERA]

- June 1998 Fremont Summer Solstice Parade in Seattle, WA, USA: Six naked cyclists attended a bodypainting party at current host's house and they all bicycled naked together from the house to the parade. Some of the cyclists were arrested this year.

- 1998 Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA. Participants: 15,000 [source: burningman.com]

1999

- April fool's Naked Run in Portland, Oregon. Approximately 30 participants, annual event. April 1999 [source: Terri Sue Webb]

- June 1999 Fremont Summer Solstice Parade in Seattle, WA, USA: Twenty (up from six last year) naked cyclists attended a bodypainting party at current host's house and they all bicycled naked together from the house to the parade.This year the event host, the Fremont Arts Council (FAC), secretly launched its own spoof of the naked bicyclists. Wearing flesh-colored body suits with exaggerated body parts sewn on, one woman had three butt cheeks, while two bicyclists pretending to be police officers gave chase through the parade. When the truly naked cyclists showed up they blended right in with their FAC body-suit imposters.

- early participants of TFTBY (before it was known as such) London, England 28 July 1999

- 1999 Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA. Participants: 23,000 [source: burningman.com]

- Naked anti-nuke protesters marched down Van Ness Ave. in San Francisco, CA, USA on October 3, 1999. [source N 19.3]

- Ohio State University Rugby women pose topfree for photo at Lincoln Memorial in Oct 1999 and were punished harshly by their University. [source N 19.3]

- Terri Sue Webb's first experiences with public nudity in Portland and Eugene, Oregon. Began riding topfree for Critical Mass End of 1999. [source: Terri Sue Webb]

- Terri Sue Webb BMX biking down Alberta street in Oregon with massive police response. Dec. 30, 1999. [source: Terri Webb, more info in N 21.3]

2000

- The X-plicit Players performance piece "The Rite of Clarification" at People's Park, Berkeley, CA in 2000. [source X-plicit Player's website]

- The Freedom to Be Yourself is founded by Vincent Bethell in England. Date?

- Terri Sue Webb "More naked activity in Eugene." Jan 2000 [source: Terri Webb]

- Terri Sue Webb "Apprehension leading to civil committment, judged danger to myself due to not appreciating the risks of hypothermia or sexual assault. 1 month hospitalization, total 6 months committment (continuing
as Lane County outpatient)." Jan 30, 2000 [source: Terri Webb, more info in stopsegregation post "uniforms"]

- Down to Earth Co-op's "ConFest" Easter 2000 (April), Australia

- June 2000 Fremont Summer Solstice Parade in Seattle, WA, USA: Again, naked cyclists attended a bodypainting party at current host's house and they all bicycled naked together from the house to the parade. This year, internationally acclaimed bodypainting artist Steven Bradford joins the bodypainting team and paints bodies at the host's party.

- Terri Sue Webb "more naked activity in Eugene. Several arrests and release without charge, numerous encounters with police. My first naked bike rides. Participation in anarchist "Festival of Resistance" activities and organisation, often topfree, sometimes naked. It became clear that Eugene police will not interfere with topfreedom--this is not against the law. Went all over the place topfree, kicked out of some business establishments. Went top-free to city council meeting on proposed prostitution ordinance, was told I could stay and speak if I put a shirt on, why must I wear a shirt? "Legislature" was the reply. I simply went ahead and voiced my opinion--mayor and others were already present, then departed. During part of this time I was employed as a live-in caregiver for mentally handicapped at state-sponsored Moon Meadow Farm. I put in my resignation after a few months as I could not justify my employment as an agent of human repression. Shortly thereafter I was barred from further contact with clients due to partial nudity (topfreedom) in the home." Spring - Summer 2000 [source: Terri Webb]

- 2000 Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA. Participants: 25,400 This year's theme is "The Body"[source: burningman.com]

- Terri Sue Webb "Fountain incident in Portland, [Oregon] other naked activity in Portland, [Oregon] and Long Beach, [Washington]." August 2000

- Terri Sue Webb "Arrest (on a number of criminal charges including a felony charge of attempted burglary and "public indecency". This later charge was justified by the falsified report of one of Eugene's finest who said that I spread my legs and mastrubated during the arrest. I was not able to see the report until several weeks later, and was quite shocked. In the meantime I had been judged 'incompetent to proceed w/ trial' and transported to Oregon State hospital. This was due primarily to my reluctance, and sometimes refusal to wear clothes while in jail. I'm sure the arresting officer's report helped as well! the decision to send me to the hospital was made in my absence, i was not allowed into the courtroom, the judge merely entered the side room where I was being held, asked me one question and it was over. I was in OSH 6 months + a month of surrounding jail time. September 2000. [source: Terri Webb, more info in stopsegregation post "uniforms"]

- Down to Earth Co-op's "ConFest" Summer (end of 2000/early 2001), Australia

2001

- On Jan 10, 2001 a jury unanimously acquited Vincent Bethell of causing a public nuisance. While awaiting trail Bethell spent five months mostly in solitary confinement in prison because he refused to wear clothes. [source N 20.4]

- New York activist Joan Roney streaked the swearing in of G W Bush and delivered a personal message using her body. Jan 20, 2001

- Melbourne, Australia Two women, Sharee Cooper and Sebastain Dvortche, were charged with offensive behavior after running naked during World Economic Forum protests. 27 Feb 2001

- Terri Sue Webb "Out of hospital, out of jail. Settled out of court--4 years unsupervised probation with compulsory contact with mental health. Moved to Bend. April 2001 [source: Terri Webb]

- Down to Earth Co-op's "ConFest" Easter 2001 (April), Australia

- The X-plicit Players join "The 32nd Anniversary of People's Park" at People's Park, Berkeley, CA on April 29, 2001. [source X-plicit Player's website]

- Spencer Tunick photo shoot: about 2800 in Montreal, May 26, 2001 (largest so far in N. America). [source: Paul Rapoport]

- On Sunday, June 17, 2001, forty skaters gathered in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park for a nude inline skating photography session organized by San Francisco skater Sandy Snakenberg and photographer Jack Gescheidt. The purpose of the event was to capture on film the joy and purity of form inherent in skating.

- June 2001 Fremont Summer Solstice Parade in Seattle, WA, USA: Again, naked cyclists attended a bodypainting party at current host's house and they all bicycled naked together from the house to the parade. To the amusement of many in 2001, an artist had a painting in the parade showing a naked female bicyclist next to a baton-wielding police officer. The pose itself could have either shown the apprehension or the cop gleefully stopping for a picture next to the bicyclist. The panel was put on a small platform on wheels and parade goers were invited to have their pictures taken with their heads poking out of the holes of the naked bicyclists and the officer.

- Freedom to be Yourself protest in London, England on July 1, 2001

- 2001 Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA. Participants: Monday: 6,758; Saturday: 25,659 [source: burningman.com]

- Peter Niehenke and other people who support public nudity rights protest in Berlin on August 14, 2001

- The X-plicit Players join "Reclaim the Terrain 2" at People's Park, Berkeley, CA at 12 noon on Aug 25, 2001. [source X-plicit Player's website]

- Terri Sue Webb "Worked in Bend hotel. Began, once again, to ride top-free during Critical Mass. Early on I was threatened w/ arrest if I did not put shirt on in public park, but in other instances it was overlooked. Went for first nude bike ride, was stopped by police and held overnight for psych. evaluation. I was very outspoken and adamant on the point that I was not breaking any law, I think I impressed police on this occasion, it was communicated to me that I was Not being charged with any crime but that some of my verbal behavior caused the officers to question my mental health. Mental health counselor even said to me: "you can bike naked through Drake Park all you want, that's not the issue". The day following release there was a festival downtown. I stopped to listen to some music, took off my shirt, hopped on my bike and headed home. Police, familiar from the day before, stopped me and asked how everything had gone in the hospital, and why did I have my shirt off? "we're not taking you anywhere today" they said. I said the shirt was uncomfortable, they said fine just don't distract anybody, that might be cause for "disorderly conduct", but we've been watching you and you're not doing that. So I was on my way and quite pleased! I felt that nude bicycle riding was a beneficial and rewarding experience, and it seemed this would now be condoned by police, so it was with this attitude that I ventured out on more rides, all successful w/o police intervention until my arrest on July 18." Summer 2001. [source: Terri Webb]

- stopsegregation Yahoo! group Founded: Aug 29, 2001

- Terri Sue Webb "Sept. 11th, 2001 bike ride observed and reported to newspaper, beginning of publicity." [source: Terri Webb]

- The X-plicit Players host "The Tenth Annual Nude and Breast Freedom Parade" at People's Park, Berkeley, CA at 12 noon on Sept 23, 2001. [source X-plicit Player's website]

- The X-plicit Players appear at The "How Berkeley Can You Be?" Parade in Downtown Berkeley, CA at 11 AM on September 30, 2001. [source X-plicit Player's website]

- Terri Sue Webb "created FTBY leaflets and began distributing in Eugene (along w/ naked activity). also did some topfree distibution in Bend, as well as some more bike rides, announced my intention to appear in court without clothes, invited people to my trial. Contact with police, threatened with arrest if I refused to clothe, even the shirt was an issue again!" October 2001 [source: Terri Webb]

- Free Bodies organized Nude picnic protest in Melbourne, Australia October 2001

- Spencer Tunick photo shoot: About 4300 were in Melbourne Australia, October 7, 2001. [source: Paul Rapoport]

- Kathryn Mann and Debra Ballou were arrested in Orono, Maine, USA on November 2, 2001 for merely going jogging. They were arrested and they went to the police station for the usual humiliating routine. They were acquitted in court on January 30, 2002. [source: Paul Rapoport]

- Terri Sue Webb disrobed before entering courtroom for her trial on Nov 7, 2001. She was charged for contempt of court by Judge Barbara Haslinger. [source: Terri Webb, see also N 21.3]

- Freedom to be Yourself stroll Terri Sue Webb & Daniel Johnson. December 1, 2001 (Portland, OR, USA)

- Daniel Johnson and Mark Storey from the Seattle area meet and begin to outline goals for a local group in Seattle, group at first becomes the Body Freedom Co-op and later incorporates as a nonprofit corporation as the Body Freedom Collaborative. Late 2001.

- Down to Earth Co-op's "ConFest" Summer (end of 2001/early 2002), Australia

2002

- tftby-supportnetwork Yahoo! group founded Jan 2, 2002 by Joey Blue.

- February 2002, County Commission approved a new Haulover Park Master Plan, clearly showing the designated clothing-optional beach, South Florida, USA.

- February 2002 Terri Webb "was civilly committed in Lane County (Eugene) for naked bike riding in incliment weather, in May 2002 this committment was revoked and [she] was sent to Eastern Oregon Psychiatric Center (the state hospital) for 5 months, and in February 2003 the civil committment of Feb. 2002 was overturned by the court of appeals." [source: Terri Webb Dec 8, 2003]

- The X-plicit Players host "Veiled Body of Love" at People's Park, Berkeley, CA at 1 PM on St. Valentine's Day, Feb 14, 2002. [source X-plicit Player's website]

- Down to Earth Co-op's "ConFest" Easter 2002 (April), Australia

- Terri Webb (bicycling naked) and Daniel Johnson (clothed) evening of May 1, 2002 in downtown Bend, Oregon, USA.

- Terri Webb and Daniel Johnson participate in a FTBY protest May 2, 2002 in Bend, Oregon, USA.

- Raymond Fithall, a 55 year old man, was tried in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court, found guilty of offensive behavior and fined AU$900 (US$500) for a harmless nude jog he had taken at 1am on 9 May 2002.

- Performance artist Lucia Fernanda Flores "Baby Vamp" walks the street of Santiago, Chile before she is arrested. June 12, 2002.

- la Coordinadora de Colectivos Ciclonudistas (C.C.C.) Zaragoza, Spain 13 June 2002 75 participants?

- June 2002 Fremont Summer Solstice Parade in Seattle, WA, USA: As in previous years, naked cyclists attended a bodypainting party at current host's house and they all bicycled naked together from the house to the parade.

- Anti-globalisation demonstrators in Seville, Spain. June 21, 2002

- G8 Protests on June 25, 2002 Dozens of G8 protestors go naked in downtown Calgary

- Activists get naked in G8 protests on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 26, 2002.

- PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) supporters go naked to protest animal rights abuses in bullfighting and running bulls through the streets in Pamplona, Spain. July 5, 2002

- 2002 Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA. Participants: Monday: 7,328 — Saturday: 28,979 "The Regional Contacts program gains more momentum than ever before, as more and more Burners reach out to connect in their own communities all year long. For the first time, three regional communities are featured in the Burning Man summer newsletter." [source: burningman.com]

- September 21, 2002 Publication of Harvey's book of public nude shots, The Spirit of Lady Godiva, edited by Paul Rapoport. [source: Paul Rapoport]

- Baring Witness first event, bodies form "Peace", November 12, 2002 at Love Field, West Marin, California, USA. [source barewitness.org]

- Clothing-free anti-war activists Anna Clark, Amy Minshull, and Anne-Lise Ahfat outside the US consulate in Sydney, Australia. Nov 14, 2002

- "We'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur!" Dec 8th, 2002 The Bay (the corner of Granville and Georgia, downtown Vancouver, BC, Canada) This event was organized by Vegan Voices.

- Baring Witness-style event, bodies form peace symbol on beach, December 15, 2002 in Santa Cruz, California, USA. [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, "On December 21, 2002, near Gainesville, Florida, 22 men posed naked to send a stunning Peace message to the American people and the war administration." Men formed "PEACE" with their bodies. [source barewitness.org]

- Florida Men Strip for Peace by FSN • Saturday December 28, 2002

- Baring Witness second event, bodies form "Peace" and peace symbol, December 29, 2002 men and women at Drake's Beach, West Marin, California, USA. [source barewitness.org]

- Down to Earth Co-op's "ConFest" Summer (end of 2002/early 2003), Australia

2003 January through March

- Bare As You Dare Ride #1: January 3, 2003 Commercial Drive (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) Organized by Artists Against War/ Work Less Party

- Baring Witness third event, bodies form "No War", women on hillside, January 4, 2003 at West Marin, California, USA. [source barewitness.org]

- Ten people participate in naked demonstration in Antarctica at McMurdo Station, Ross Island on January 9, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, "Residents from the Ashdown Forest area of east Sussex staged a nude demonstration in the freezing weather." Bodies spelled out "Peace" East Sussex, UK, January 12, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, bodies form peace & love symbols on beach, January 15, 2003 in Santa Cruz, California, USA. [source barewitness.org]

- 2003 January 18 Three people participate in BFC Polar Bare Swim at Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island, WA, USA

- Baring Witness-style event, "Fifty women braved the winter weather and an equally cold political climate to bare their bodies and make a bold statement for peace on Saturday, January 25, 2003. Outside of Helena, Montana, the women assembled on a cold mountain meadow and lay down on snow and prickly pear cactus to spell the word PEACE with their naked bodies." [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, bodies form peace symbol, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Jan 26, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, 15 form "PEACE" with their bodies, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA January 26, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Police Attack Nude Protesters at WSF, Brazil Jan 31 2003

- Baring Witness-style event, 21 bodies spell out "Peace" at Cape Town, South Africa February 1, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, bodies form peace symbol on beach, February 1, 2003 in Big River Beach, Mendocino, California, USA. [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, 19 women form "PEACE", February 1, 2003 in Topanga, Los Angeles, California, USA. [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, "Big Bend Bushes For Peace" - "20 women of the Big Bend area in Texas stripped their clothing and declared their vote for peace. Using their nude bodies, the women formed the letters of "PEACE" in a dry river bed outside of Ruidosa, TX at Chinati Hot Springs... This was the first of its kind to happen in Texas - the land of George W. Bush." Feb 6, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, group forms word "LOVE" with their bodies, Athens, Ohio, USA, February 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, Anti-war protest/art installation in Central Park, New York City Feb 7, 2003. Event organized by Wendy Tremayne & Shot by Marina Potok "NO bUSH: A nude public action in NYC"

- Baring Witness-style event, at the small town of Federal outside Byron Bay, Australia 750 women and children protest war on February 8, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, "Fourteen people braved the icy winds of North Derbyshire today to spell out PEACE with their naked bodies." Group also made peace symbol with their bodies, Derbyshire, U.K. February 8, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, Men form peace symbol in snow at Helena, Montana, under the City’s Historic Symbol, "The Guardian of the Gulch" on February 8, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- bodyfreedom Yahoo! group founded Feb 9, 2003 by Daniel Johnson of the Body Freedom Collaborative.

- artists_against_war Yahoo! group founded Feb 10, 2003.

- Baring Witness-style event, "On Saturday February 15th at 4:00 p.m. at a Flamborough farm, a group of local women will lie down naked in the snow in the shape of a peace sign to write with their bodies their desire for peace in the world." Hamilton, Ontario, Canada [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, "Sixteen women attended by several dogs bared their bodies in the snow forming a peace symbol on the day of the full moon on the outskirts of Durango, Colorado at 8,500 feet in freezing temperatures" Feb 16, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, 60 with Unreasonable Women of North Coast San Diego form peace symbol on beach, February 22, 2003, San Diego, California, USA. [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, women paint "Thou Shall Not Kill!" on their backs, February 22, 2003, at San Bruno Mountain in San Mateo County, California, USA. [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, 104 Sonoma County women bared all for peace, truth, compassion and passion. Their bodies spell "TRUTH" February 22, 2003, at Oceansong Farm, near Occidental, California, USA. [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, a "group of 121 women took off their clothes in a field near Waldport... and formed the giant letters "SOS". Yachats, Oregon, February 22, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, 57 men and women get naked in Downtown Vancouver's Sunset Beach to promote peace on February 23, 2003. Organized by Artists against War.

- Baring Witness-style event, 15 bodies spell out "Peace" near Nakusp, BC, Canada February 23, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, "A group of Seattle-area women gathered on Vashon Island to "bare all" in their collective desire for peace... the women created human sculptures, using their naked bodies to spell out the words PEACE and PAIX." Washington State, USA Feb 23, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, bodies form "PEACE" at Lithia Park, Ashland, Oregon, USA February 23, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, bodies form "Peace" and peace symbol, Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA February 24, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, group forms word "PAZ" with their bodies, Hermann Park's "Hippie Hill", Houston Hill, Texas, USA Feb 28, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, 8 women spell out "Peace" who live in Salmon Arm, BC, Canada. Feb 28, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, group forms "END WAR" with their bodies, Carrboro, North Carolina, USA. March 1, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- About 300 protestors gathered on March 1, 2003 in Santiago, Chile to show their opposition to a possible war with Iraq and to urge resistance to war in the UN Security Council

- Baring Witness-style event, Sydney, Australia. Participants spell out "NO WAR " in protest March 2, 2003 at sports stadium. More than 300 participated. [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, 27 female students spelled a naked PEACE! in the center of the quad March 2, 2003 at Pomona College in Claremont, California, USA. [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, a group of 55 women gathered in solidarity for women affected by war, on a mountain-top above Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles, California to illuminate love for peace by spelling out “PEACE” with their naked bodies. March 2, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, bodies (naked & clothed) form peace symbol downtown at Earnslaw Park, Queenstown, New Zealand March 6, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, 12 people bared their bodies in the fresh spring grasses and created a peace sign. Williams, Oregon, USA March 8, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, "On March 8, [2003] International Women's Day, Baring Witness Santa Fe staged a pro-peace demonstration on Upper Canyon Road. 150 women, children, and babies convened early Saturday morning, and laying down on a barren field, formed the symbol of peace with their unclad bodies." Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, "23 women ranging in age from 18 to 60 years old, from Black Mountain, North Carolina, at Warren Wilson College (in the cow pasture!)" Bodies formed peace symbol. March 9, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, bodies form "ALOHA" at Kaneohe, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA March 10, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, newly formed San Francisco chapter of Unreasonable Women Baring Witness (UWBW) staged its first action in support of world peace and social justice. Bodies formed combination of female sign and peace sign. San Francisco, CA, USA March 12, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, "28 women of Takoma Park, Maryland, gathered in Opal Daniels Park to lay their bodies down in a plea for peace, to add their quiet scream of dissent to the already tumultuous din of the worldwide opposition to the action against Iraq." March 15, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, "Twelve women from the outback town of Broken Hill, Australia, met early in the morning out in the desert to disrobe for disarmament." Bodies formed peace symbol on March 15, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, 60 people form word "PAZ" at La Escondida free beach, Mar del Plata, Argentina March 15, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, bodies form "NO WAR" at A Coruña, Spain March 15, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, 67 women from Arcata, California gathered at Elk Head in Trinidad to form a peace sign and spell the word LOVE with their bodies. March 16, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, "On March 16, 2003, on a surprisingly rainless spring morning in the Northwest, 46 Vashon Island women shed their clothes and joined hands in front of one of Vashon's most scenic landmarks, Point Robinson Lighthouse, to expose the human body's vulnerability to war, and to protest for peace." Vashon Island, Washington, USA [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, 43 women form "PEACE" with their bodies at Peace Point, Lake Lavon (Dallas-area), Texas on March 17, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, group forms peace symbol with their bodies at Dripping Springs, Texas, USA March 22, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, Five Students at Bristol University form peace symbol at Brandon Hill Park, Bristol, England March 22, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, "More than 120 Americans met in on private property 30 miles west of Portland, Oregon to form the Chinese symbol for 'peace' with their clothed - and then nude - bodies." March 23, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, approximately 50 women (three of them with babies, one pregnant) met in a remote meadow to form a naked human peace symbol. March 23, 2003 in Lake County, California, USA [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, group of bodies form word "WHY?". "We formed the word WHY? because now that we are at war so many questions remain without satisfactory answers." Forest Row, East Sussex, UK March 29, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

2003 April through June

- Bare As You Dare Ride #2: April 3, 2003 Commercial Drive (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) Organized by Artists Against War/ Work Less Party

- Baring Witness-style event, 36 women demonstrating FOR PEACE form peace symbol on April 6, 2003 at Black's Beach in La Jolla, California, USA [source barewitness.org]

- Down to Earth Co-op's "ConFest" Easter 2003 (April), Australia

- Baring Witness-style event, "on Baker Beach, near the Golden Gate Bridge, the latest Baring Witness and butterfly peace action took place, with over 100 men and women lying naked in the sand to form the words 'Make Love Not War'". April 19, 2003 San Francisco, California, USA [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, bodies formed words "LOVE", "HOPE", & "NO BUSH" in Eugene, Oregon, USA on May 10, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, "Women have the power to bring Peace and Healing to this planet. At the Northern California Women's Herbal Symposium, over 80 women and children got naked and laid on our mother Earth to send our message of Peace." Women form combination of female sign and peace sign in Laytonville, California, USA May 17, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Baring Witness-style event, group spells out "UNITY" with their bodies, Stratham, New Hampshire, USA May 18, 2003 [source barewitness.org]

- Yahoo! group founded May 30, 2003 by those who paint their bodies and ride naked at the annual Fremont Summer Solstice Parade in Seattle.

- Two nude female anti-G8 protesters, one with a slogan painted on her back, take to the streets in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Saturday, May 31, 2003

- Some 25 naked protesters blocked roads and shouted anti-G8 slogans to protest against the G8 summit in Evian, France. 31 May 2003)

- Steve Gough naked at the World Naturist Day Picnic at Hyde Park 1st June 2003.

- Spencer Tunick photo shoot: about 7000 in Barcelona, Spain on June 8, 2003. [source: Paul Rapoport]

- Naked cyclist demonstration in Spain - Manifestación ciclonudista en España The 12 June 2003 event was the third naked cyclist demonstration. 250 people were said to have demonstrated.

- 2003 June 15. Six participants with the Body Freedom Collaborative pose at Fremont's famous sculpture "Waiting for the Interurban" in Seattle, WA, USA

- Steve Gough begins his historic walk from Land's end to John O'groats (the length of the British Isles) naked on the 16th of June 2003.

- June 21, 2003 Painted Naked Cyclists at the Summer Solstice Parade in Fremont, Seattle, WA. Group establishes a new record - 80 participants

- July 26, 2003 Police arrest David Zaitzeff at Greenlake, a heavily-used Seattle-area park for "indecent exposure" for sunbathing nude. David has sunbathed naked before, apparently without problems. In his words "There was a man about my age who made a complaint. At my first appearance before a judge on Monday, the city had offered to drop the charges in exchange for NCLV for six months (no criminal law violations for six months). I declined the offer and pled not guilty, based on nude sunbathing at a beach or park being not an "obscene exposure of one's person." [source: David Zaitzeff]

- Bare As You Dare Ride #3: June 27, 2003, Main Street (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) Organized by Artists Against War/ Work Less Party

2003 July through December

- Baring Witness-style event, bodies form peace sign at Wreck Beach, Vancouver, BC, Canada on July 14, 2002 [source barewitness.org]

- 2003 July 18-20 | Burn in the Forest (BitF2) (Squamish Valley, British Columbia, Canada)

- 2003 Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA. Participants: ? [source: burningman.com]

- Bare As You Dare Ride #4: Sept 6, 2003, downtown Vancouver starting at Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) Organized by Artists Against War/ Work Less Party

- "A protest against the cruel use of animals for fashion! Tell The Bay to stop selling animal fur!" Saturday, November 8th, 2003 at 1:00pm at The Bay (the corner of Granville and Georgia, downtown Vancouver, BC, Canada) This event was a collaborative effort by Vegan Voices and Artists For Peace

- Nov 16 2003: 30 people lie naked on grass at Parliament Sq London in protest at George Bush and GM crops spelling letters “NO GM AMBUSH” see http//:www.barewitness.org [source: Ian Brown]

- go-bare Yahoo! group founded Nov 30, 2003 by Richard Collins of England.

- tftby-supportnetwork Yahoo! group deleted by Joey Blue. Last message sent out 30 Nov 2003

- Dec 5, 2003 About 40 students strip amid freezing temperatures and streak through a Christmas market near the central-west Berlin business district to protest $90 million in proposed cuts to Berlin's three universities. [source: UPI & http://www.washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20031205-104413-9869r.htm]

- Dec 6, 2003 "Critical Streak. Bring your bike and bring your birthday suit." "15 mostly naked bike riders marked the 26th birthday of a friend with a streak through downtown Durango... The route took the group men and women from an East Third Avenue alley to College Drive to Main Avenue, then north to Ninth Street and back to East Third, where they ducked into a house in the 800 block." Durango, Colorado, USA [source: The Durango Herald, http://durangoherald.com/asp-bin/article_generation.asp?article_type=news&article_path=/news/03/news031206_2.htm]

- Down to Earth Co-op's "ConFest" Summer (end of 2003/early 2004), Australia

2004

- June 12, 2004 World Naked Bike Ride (1st year)

- June 19, 2004 Ciclonudista.net rides in Spain

- June 19, 2004 Largest number of painted naked riders to date (well over 100) in the Summer Solstice Parade in Fremont, Seattle, WA, USA. Riders went to large venue ahead of time to get painted up, house parties are no longer large enough to accomodate riders. They Rode from West end of downtown Ballard to Gas Works park in Seattle.

2005

- Feb 13, 2005 First Valentine's Day Rides for World Naked Bike Ride take place in cities in the Southern Hemisphere.

- June 11, 2005 World Naked Bike Ride (2nd year)

- June 11, 2005 Ciclonudista.net rides in Spain

 

repeating events

- University of Michigan's "Naked Mile" at Ann Arbor - An annual run of streakers marking the last day of classes in winter. Started in 1985 by a handful of students and has since grown to around a thousand participants annually. The event died a few years ago after concerted action by police, encouraged to end it by the University of Michigan administration. [source: Paul Rapoport Dec 2003]

- Harvard Primal Scream at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (unsure of present status)

- Rainbow Family of Living Light's annual Gathering of the Tribes for World Peace and Healing

- Down to Earth Co-op's "ConFest", Australia every summer (December/January) and Easter (April).

- naked participants in the Bay to Breakers (a.k.a. Bare to Breakers) event San Francisco, CA, U.S.A May 14-16, continues to present.

- painted naked cyclists at the Fremont Summer Solstice Parade, Seattle, WA, USA 1992-1996 first naked participants get involved, continues to present.

- April fool's Naked Run in Portland, Oregon. Approximately 30 participants, annual event. April 1999 [source: Terri Sue Webb]

- Naked cyclist demonstration in Spain - Manifestación ciclonudista en España 12 June, since ?, continues to present.

- possible international nude biking day (in planning stages, see Conrad Schmidt)

- Burning Man, in the Black Rock Desert, 120 miles north of Reno, Nevada. Always held the week prior to and including Labor Day weekend.

- June 1st is World Naturist Day?

- July 5th thru 11 is Nude Recreation Week

- Fantasy Fest, Key West, Florida, USA. Topfree-friendly events include Annual "Living Art" Air Brush Competition & "Epidermal Arts and Torso Tapestries Contest" in late October

- Free beach carnival at Swanborne Beach near Perth, Australia (3rd Saturday in Feb for the last 22 years) [source: Charles MacFarland of Synetech Video, e-mail from Dec 2003]

- Free beach carnival at Maslins Beach near Adelaide, Australia (3rd Saturday in Jan for 21 years) [source: Charles MacFarland of Synetech Video, e-mail from Dec 2003]

- Free beach carnival at Samurai Beach near Newcastle, Australia (3rd Saturday in Nov for 6 years) [source: Charles MacFarland of Synetech Video, e-mail from Dec 2003]

- Wreck Beach Bare Buns Fun Run/Walk, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Annual event in August.

Created 6 Dec 2003, Last modified 17 Dec 2003

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