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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Long Day Wearing Clothes

This has been one long day and, unfortunately, up until this moment, I've had to wear clothes the entire time. Last night at 8:45 p.m., I received a text message from my parents informing me that my favorite niece had begun labor. This is her first child. Naturally, I rushed to the hospital to wait the joyous occasion with the rest of the clan.

My first great-nephew arrived moments after 7 this morning! I have the honor of serving as godfather (after all, she is my favorite niece). I've spent most of the day either at the hospital or spoiling both the new Mom, Pop and son with gifts. I guess that's what godfathers and great-uncles do best.

I just got naked at home and wanted to share the good news!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Alien Encounter


Celebrating World Nude Hiking Day last week, four friends and I did our usual routine of stomping the trails on private property near Fredericksburg, VA. This area of sixty plus acres is owned by one of my friends and is posted: "No trespassing." It has several paths throughout, all of which converge on the Rappahannock River which comprises the southern boundary. Whatever route is followed, the scenery is excellent!

About an hour into our hike, we rounded a bend in the trail and encountered two heterosexual couples, completely clothed and obviously lost. It was also very obvious that they were embarrassed by our nudity! The two women averted their gaze away from us and the two men immediately covered their genital areas with their hands! I can't explain the guys reaction, after all, they were wearing shorts. Perhaps, it was their cue for us to do likewise? To be honest, I found the situation hilarious and began to laugh. Rude? Maybe, however, I couldn't help myself.

The landlord reached into his backpack and pulled out pen and paper in order to communicate with these unexpected guests. They weren't interested in any communication and turned and left in the direction they had come. Evidently, five nude same gender loving men were a little too much for them to deal with! By this time, we were all amused about the scenario and chuckled as we proceeded on our way.

Personally, I enjoy all the natural beauty available on these outings. I have no sense of direction; therefore, I am never the guide. Regardless, if it's the forest around me or the ass in front of me, I always manage a fantastic view! Aside from the exercise and fitness, yet another benefit of hiking in the buff!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Friday, June 25, 2010

National HIV Testing Day: June 27, 2010


This Sunday, June 27, marks the fifteenth anniversary of National HIV Testing Day. Started by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) in 1995, this day marks a day of collaboration between NAPWA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local Health Departments and non-profit, secular and faith-based organizations to encourage everyone to take the test and know their status. The CDC estimates that between twenty-five to thirty percent of those persons infected with HIV are unaware of their condition. Know your status, know the facts, take control of your life!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Nude Novice Notes: Nude Hiking


In the event that anyone is making their debut at a nudist hiking activity, I'm offering the following suggestions. Hopefully, these will enable you to enjoy your hike safely!

No scents:
Insects (including bees and wasps) are attracted to fragrances. Use unscented soap and deodorant. Forget the cologne.

Use sunscreen:
Generously apply all over your body (including armpits, penis and testicles) even if you anticipate hiking in a shaded trail or on an overcast day. Anytime your body casts a hint of a shadow, you are subject to UV exposure. Follow directions and reapply as needed.

Use insect repellent:
Wait 20-30 minutes after covering with sunscreen to liberally apply insect repellent. Once again, follow the directions. Remember: choose a brand that also includes ticks (Lyme disease).

Poison Ivy Alert:
Check online prior to hiking so that you are able to identify any plant that is poisonous. Avoid any leaf that may put you at risk for sumac infection.

Comfortable Footwear:
Only wear shoes/boots that are comfortable and worn. Do not try to make a fashion statement wearing new footwear. Avoid blisters by wearing socks/footies.

Bring a towel:
If you need a break and sit on a log, you don't want splinters!

Emergency:
Pack a personal first aid kit in your back-pack. Be prepared.

Water/snacks:
Have plenty of water and remain hydrated. Bring some snacks for an energy boost.

Hike with a partner:
Do not hike solo. This is unsafe.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

World Nude Hiking Day


World Nude Hiking Day is observed annually on the Summer Solstice, June 21. In 2010, this date is a Monday. For this reason, many clubs/groups/resorts will likely hold hiking activities the previous weekend. This is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, so it's a perfect day for experiencing nature, naturally. June is GLBT Pride Month, therefore, World Nude Hiking Day is the ideal time for us queer naturists/nudists to celebrate our pride in being both gay and nude!

This event enjoys more popularity in both Europe and Canada than here in the USA. Probably the result of our puritanical heritage. Unfortunately, that legacy isn't likely to disappear anytime soon. Another factor is that aside from private resorts, we have few public trails available for hiking while naked. Again, the general perception being that nude is lewd.

From a personal perspective, hiking is fun, healthy, relaxing and rewarding. It's even better when done free, loose and nude. Wherever possible, remove those clothes and take the time to stroll bold, clothes-free and with queer confidence. Let's all hang out, be ourselves and demonstrate our individual and cultural pride! Happy World Nude Hiking Day!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Thinking While Nude


Trust, there are those who would add that we're all in trouble now that my brain is in gear! LOL! Just some thoughts here on the upcoming weekend.

Washington, DC Pride Festivities:
Pride Parade: Saturday, June 12, 2010; 6:30 p.m.; Dupont Circle to Thomas Circle
Pride Festival: Sunday, June 13, 2010; 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Pennsylvania Avenue, between 4th and 7th Streets, NW

Deaf Nude Pride Social:
This is the second year and once again all passes are taken! Saturday night will never be the same again! LOL!

True Blood Returns!
Season 3 of the HBO series premiers Sunday, June 13, 2010, at 9 p.m. This year promises to top the previous two in entertainment, nudity and sex! Look for Sookie to offer the drama, Tara to provide the spice and Layfayette to do what he does best: sex appeal!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Are Pride Events Obsolete?


That's the question of the day, friends. After all, we have for several decades now celebrated ourselves and our community (Washington, DCs Pride Festival observes its 35th year this upcoming weekend). Isn't it time for us to pack it up and move on? Don't we already have unity in our community? In all these years, haven't we finally gotten it together?

Honestly, my response to all of the above questions is in the negative. Despite forty years of pride celebrations, we have not gotten it right. Yes, we're more inclusive and sensitive now than in the past but there is always room and need for improvement. Let's face it, realistically, we'll probably never be 100% welcoming for everyone. However, that doesn't mean that we stop trying. Remember the ancient adage: Practice makes perfect. The bottom line here is, simply, we're only human and we all make mistakes. Let's learn from the past and go forward.

Now, are pride events obsolete? My personal feeling is never. Too many of us are exiting our personal closets each year and need this type of public support. A number of men in our community use this opportunity (pride events) as a time for renewal and affirmation of their respective lives. Some of our deeply closeted brethren (for whatever reason) are willing to travel miles outside of their jurisdictions for one day of relaxing and being themselves. Finally, culturally, it affords us the chance to congregate, celebrate and educate through media exposure, outreach and public recognition.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

My Sense Of Pride


Fortunately for both Twin and myself, being raised by nurturing and supportive parents, our sense of pride in ourselves was instilled in us at an early age. We are the middle of eight sons (no daughters). We have three older and three younger brothers. Our oldest sibling is openly gay, so by the time that we acknowledged our same gender loving attraction, sexual orientation simply wasn't an issue. Mom and Pop taught us that it's who and not what we are that counts.

Our Deafness was never a source for concern. It is genetic/inherited in both the maternal and paternal genealogies. It was accepted by both our immediate and extended families. It was viewed as a differing communication ability as opposed to the more negative term: disability. Twin and I learned that we could do everything we wanted, only just not the same as others. Sometimes we needed to try harder than others in order to succeed. Like everyone else, we faced challenges not hindrances.

As to the naturist/nudist aspect of our lives, we didn't have a measurable level of family support nor did we have condemnation. We did have each other. We had experiences during our pre-adolescent and early teen years that let us know that nudity wasn't shameful or wrong. Having a gay nude sunbathing area (unofficial) within bicycling distance of our family home was beneficial. We spent most of our summer vacation days there before we could even legally drive.

We all recognize that environment is important in creating our individual sense of pride and self-confidence. Our self-worth is also determined by our own belief in ourselves. Many are not as fortunate as Twin and I in having supportive surroundings during our youth.

Anyone, at any age, is free to decide when to step out of the closet or to step into nudism. We are all not at exactly the same place at precisely the same moment in our lives in making these choices. Our personal histories are as varied as the number of men deciding for themselves when this coming out process happens in their respective lives. It is only right that we all support one another.

That's the reason that I chose, years ago, to share my sense of pride with those just coming out or exploring naturism. An effort to enlighten others through my experiences, my feelings and myself. A proud man who is willing to devote the time and energy to mentor those making a transition in their own lives. To reach out, one person at a time, and help to make a difference in this world that we all share.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Pride Nudestory Man Of The Month


Introduction:

In honor of GLBT Pride Month, I share with you another Man Of The Month designation. My Pride Month Nudestory (nude + history) hero. A man, in my humble opinion, who has distinguished himself in our local naturist/nudist community. Someone who has rightfully earned his respected place in our collective history.

Man Of The Month:

I present to you "Gay Nudist In DC" as our first nudestory Man Of The Month. I honor him because, to my knowledge, he is the first gay AND nudist blogger to publish from the Metropolitan Washington, DC, area. His writings have enabled many of us to get comfortable with our own skin and to take pride in who we are as same gender loving naturist men. Most of us are able to identify with his perspectives on gay life, social nudity and our general everyday experiences.

If you haven't already viewed his blog, please look to the left side of your screen. Scroll down to My Blog List and click on the first title: Gay Nudist In DC. You'll see what you have missed!

Nudestory:

Beginning in 2008, "Gay Nudist In DC" has publicly chronicled his life as a gay male naturist. The author has shared with us his experiences within our culture of nakedness from his "newbie nude" days (his own choice of words) to his current celebrity status. His journalism has encouraged, educated, enlightened, enriched and entertained us. His words have served as a guide for many nude novices.

I discovered his blog in late September, 2008, and have followed him since. His efforts inspired me to begin mine here. Early on, he has been very supportive of this undertaking and I appreciate his thoughtfulness. Not only is he clothes-free and queer, he's gracious as well. Congratulations and best wishes, "Gay Nudist In DC!"

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Pride Queerstory Man Of The Month


In honor of Pride Month, I offer to you another Queerstory Man Of The Month: Gregory Efthimios Louganis. He was born on January 29, 1960, the son of an unmarried mixed race couple. His father is Polynesian (specifically: Samoan) and his mother is Swedish. At the age of ten months, he was adopted by a Greek-American couple in California, Peter and Frances Louganis.

He experienced a troubled childhood growing up in El Cajon. He was constantly taunted as "sissy," "nigger" (due to his Polynesian heritage) and "retard" by his peers. He was born with dyslexia, although this disability wouldn't be diagnosed until he was a student at the University of Miami, Florida. As a result, Greg suffered from low self-esteem and depression which led to drug use and a suicide attempt (pill overdose) by the age of thirteen. These last two episodes led to a six-month stint at the local juvenile detention facility.

Despite the early roadblocks, there were successes in his pre-adolescent years. He enjoyed acrobatics, dance and gymnastics. Eventually, competitive diving was introduced and it is this discipline that our hero excelled. It is through this sport that Greg Louganis earned his place in our collective queerstory.

Medal Record:

Olympic Games:

Gold 1988 Seoul 3m springboard
Gold 1988 Seoul 10m platform

Gold 1984 Los Angeles 3m springboard
Gold 1984 Los Angeles 10m platform

Silver 1976 Montreal 10m platform

World Championships:

Gold 1986 Madrid 3m springboard
Gold 1986 Madrid 10m platform

Gold 1982 Guayaquil 3m springboard
Gold 1982 Guayaquil 10m platform

Gold 1978 Berlin 10m platform

Queerstory:

Greg recognized his sexual orientation early in his life. Pursuing his diving career, he was forced to live a closeted life. Rumors followed him concerning his relationship with his live-in business manager throughout his Olympic competitions. In early 1988, he was diagnosed as HIV+. He publicly came out as gay and HIV+ in a Barbara Walters interview in 1995. His first book, "Breaking The Surface", which documents his life, was published by Random House the same year. The book spent five weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List.

In 1996, Mr. Louganis, among many others, successfully argued before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to have Cobb County, Georgia, eliminated as a venue site for the Atlanta Olympics due to its homophobic policies. Since coming out, Greg has served as an HIV/AIDS and gay rights advocate. He has participated in the Gay Games. He has written a second book, "For The Life Of Your Dog", promoting canine health. He currently resides in California.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Pride @ Forty


The events at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on the evening and predawn hours of June27/28, 1969, marked the beginning of the present GLBT civil rights effort here in the USA. Most of us are familiar with this defining moment in our queerstory (queer + history). This year is the 41st Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots (aka: Stonewall Uprising and/or Stonewall Rebellion). At that time, even being in an establishment frequented by same gender loving clientele was illegal. Consensual sodomy between adult men, in the privacy of their own residences, was illegal in 48 out of 50 states.

What is often forgotten or overlooked is that exactly one year later, on Sunday, June 28, 1970, two events happened that initiated the celebration of June as GLBT Pride Month and honored the first anniversary of the Stonewall incident. In both New York City and Los Angeles, the fledgling and now defunct Gay Liberation Front (GLF) sponsored parades and rallies fostering Gay Pride. Several thousand marched that day and the ball hasn't stopped rolling since.

Pride turns forty this month. As we look around us, our plate still appears to be piled high with issues demanding our attention: ENDA, DADT, marriage equality, legal partner concerns, adoption equality, custodial issues, etc. One can legitimately ask have we made any progress? Have we benefitted at all from the last forty-one years.

Perhaps, as individuals, we should all take a moment to reflect on the changes that have transpired over these four decades. Most of us will agree that our lives as same gender loving people are indeed better now than in 1969. We have made some civil rights advances and now simply being queer isn't illegal.

Do we have the same rights as the heterosexuals? Absolutely not! The struggle ahead contains progress and setbacks. It is far from being over. As we take pride in ourselves and our cultural successes, let's also make a promise to continue the good fight and keep within our sights the ultimate goal: complete equality.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!