Friday, June 29, 2012

Pride Month Finale: Remembering Stonewall

On the evening of June 27-28, 1969, a routine bar raid took place at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar located in New York City. Unknown to the patrons gathered there, on this night, they would make history. Unknown to the policemen raiding the bar, they, too, would make history. To everyone else alive at that time, their lives and the world as they knew it were about to change forever. The events of that evening, the result of the bar raid and the actions following would ignite a civil struggle for equality that continues to resonate even today.

Books have been written and documentaries have been filmed recounting what occured on the June night, forty-three years ago. Most of us know what happened and are probably able to offer a thumbnail summary of that historic night. There's no need for me to repeat the facts again here this year. Remembering the courage of the Stonewall bar patrons, under the spontaneous leadership of the drag queens present that evening.

Personally, I feel it important that we, as a community, recall that night at the Stonewall Inn. First, it's a part of our collective story: our GLBT Boston Tea Party (except that it took place in New York City). Second, it produced a movement that has changed our broader society in ways that no one imagined possible. True, there were organizations advocating for change prior to the Stonewall incident. However, all those isolated groups lacked the anger, energy and impatience that emerged from that singular occurance.

Thirdly, if we, the members of our own culture, don't honor and recall our own story, our place in the evolution of humanity, then who will? Certainly, not those who wish we'd all return to the proverbial "closet." And definitely not those who wish us all physical harm or worse. Yes, the world is full of haters and no amount of pride and/or legal protection is going to make them disappear overnight. As long as we remember, those who despise us will have to face their insecurity and fear of our achievements.

So, today as we celebrate ourselves, our community, our culture and our heritage, we can draw strength from the struggles of our past as we prepare for the struggles of the present and the future. We've survived some setbacks along the way towards equality and we've experienced some successes. No one has achieved freedom without paying a price. In remembering Stonewall, we empower ourselves and our community to continue the fight towards our ultimate goal: complete human rights within the framework of our modern society. 

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Nude Novice Notes: Extreme Heat Cautions


The summer is in full swing and many of us queer naturists/nudists are busy enjoying the wonderful opportunities available to us for outdoor play. Along with the season come periods of extreme heat and humidity, when some precautions are necessary in order for  us to preserve our health and well being. Many of those new to nudism, allow their enthusiasm for our way of life to cloud their better judgment when the temperatures soar. Some veteran naturists, like myself, tend to savor the summertime that we, too, forget our heat strategies. In taking a few common sense preventative measures, we should all be able to experience a fun and safe summer free of any interruptions due to any health issues.

Understanding the meanings of warnings used by meteorologists when reporting weather predictions help us know what safety guidelines to follow. Heat advisories are issued when weather conditions are expected to cause significant discomfort or inconvenience. Excessive heat warnings are noted when weather conditions pose an imminent threat to life. Temperature and humidity are used to determine the heat index, a measure of how hot it feels. The higher the heat index, the more severe the outdoor weather conditions.

The most important proactive effort to keep us safe during the summer heat is one of the simplest: the proper and regular use of sunscreen. It takes only a few minutes to apply and, when used correctly, the application lasts for hours. The sunscreen, with appropriate SPF, not only offers protection from harmful sunrays, it also is a significant safeguard in preventing skin cancer. For sunscreen information, refer to the May Nude Novice Notes posted here on May 24, 2012.

The second, but equally important,  preventative measure is remaining sufficiently hydrated. Heat causes perspiration, which is a product of our body's cooling process. It is essential to replenish fluids lost during this natural response. Water, nature's own liquid, is by far the ideal beverage to consume during any hot sumer day or activity. For a variety, alternate water and natural fruit (low sugar) drinks. Sports beverages are also recommended. Alcohol is not a safe substitute beverage. The fact is, alcohol causes dehydration.

Maintaining a consistent energy level during periods of heat, especially when engaged in aquatic activities is essential to staying healthy and safe. Frequent snacks are better than a heavy meal. Consuming foods that are easily digested and are light help us to stay active and alert. Healthy snacks that are nutritious and convenient include fruits, nuts, protein bars, granola bars and fresh vegetables.

When outside for the day, following the guidelines listed below can enhance your stamina and will reduce the risk if heat-related illness:
~ DO slow down and limit strenuous activity
~ DO seek out shade if outdoors for extended periods
~ DO take frequent dips in the water or pool (or mist yourself with a water bottle if not near water)
~ DO seek medical attention if you experience symptons of heat illness (see below)


Heat Cramps:
Symptoms: painful muscle cramps and spasms (usually in legs or abdomen), profuse sweating
Treatment: apply firm pressure on cramping muscles or gently massage, give sips of water (discontinue if vomiting occurs)

Heat Exhaustion:
Symptons: heavy sweating, weakness, cool skin, pale and clammy skin, weak pulse, dizziness, fainting, nausea and vomiting
Treatment: move out of sun, apply cool, wet cloths, give sips of water (discontinue if vomiting occurs), consult a physician

Heat Stroke:
Symptoms: altered mental sate, possible throbbing headache, confusion, nausea and dizziness, high body temperature, rapid and strong pulse, skin may be hot and dry, possible unconsciousness, possible sweating (especially if previously active)
Treatment: summon medical help immediately (a delay can be fatal), reduce body temperature with a body mister or fan, shade from direct sunlight

Remember to be safe and take caution when playing in high heat and humidity. None of us want to miss out on any nude, summer fun.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Nudecentric Briefs: Haulover Beach Alert


Haulover Beach Park is one of the major tourist destinations on the Atlantic Ocean coast of Florida, the Sunshine State. Part of this attraction is the world-renown nude beach located along the northern shore. The traditional queer naturist beach area is a "must" destination for serious gay nudists. Haulover is the only public clothing-optional beach on the East Coast continental US that can be comfortably enjoyed on a year-round basis.

The naturist beach parking lot spaces at Haulover Beach Park in Miami, Florida are being threatened by the planned construction of a commercial boat storage house. No one is directly challenging continued nude use there, but the planned addition of a massive structure for boat storage along one side of the parking lot opposite the clothing-optional area (and the traditional gay beach section) impedes access for naturists through its potential impact on parking availability. In addition to the parking issue, the proposed construction will cause loss of tree cover and wildlife habitat in a sensitive, riparian environment on the bay side of the park.

In 2001, the Haulover Beach Park Master Plan was designed and approved that had a boat storage facility located at the existing boat storage rack. Then, in 2010, the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners voted to discard the original plan and entered into an agreement with Westrec Marinas, Inc. to build a storage house to hold 508 boats. The new facility is to be the size of two football fields with a height of 83 feet.

Instead of being built on the original approved location, the new boat house is now planned from the northern end of the North Beach Parking lot south, across the overflow parking lot and to the existing boat ramp. It involves the destruction of the mangrove and bird nesting area on the west side of the current parking lot and of a natural forested area. No environmental impact study was undertaken concerning the new location.

The city-county authority plans to replace lost parking spaces with 103 new ones. These, however, are not designated for the purpose of use for the clothing-optional beach. With 508 new boat spaces, it is feared that the replacement parking will be overwhelmed by boat users. Additional concerns are regarding the absence of public input into the revised construction project. Clause 7 of the County Charter mandates public hearings prior to the initiation of this type of undertaking. None were held. That same section requires approval by the Miami-Dade voters prior to public funds being spent on a construction project. Again, this did not happen.

South Florida Free Beaches, Florida Naturist Association and Gay Naturists International (GNI) are encouraging nudists to contact officials listed below to express their concerns. They want the original 2001 plan to be implemented as that one allows accessibility to the gay nudist area and was the one plan that met guidelines specified by Clause 7 of the County Charter. Miami-Dade residents are encouraged to contact officials. Tourism is a major source of revenue for the area, therefore, visitors are likewise urged to contact local officials.

Please address the following concerns in correspondence:
a) halt plans to build the boat storage house in the North Beach Parking Lot
b) relocate the boat house to the original 2001 Master Plan site
c) abide by Article 7 of the Miami-Dade County Charter
d) hold public hearings and countywide vote as per Charter
e) acknowledge that the space planned for the boat storage facility generates more revenue as a parking lot for the naturist beach

Post letters to:
Members of the Board of Commissioners
Miami-Dade County
111 NW 1 Street
Miami, FL 33128

Email the following:
or Mayor Carlos Gimenez

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Anticipating National HIV Testing Day

The red ribbon is the internationally recognized symbol representing HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention

Tomorrow, June 27, 2012, is National HIV Testing Day.
This date is observed annually to encourage all Americans,
no matter gender, race, age, ethnicity, identity or sexual orientation,
to get tested in order to know their HIV status.
Be informed and keep your health.
Live life to the fullest.
Love responsibly.
Love and respect yourself.

Get tested.

I am.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

                                                   To find a testing site near you, visit:

Monday, June 25, 2012

Forty-Five Years Later...

Before there was even the idea of GLBT Pride Month, much less the concept of same-gender  marriage, a judicial event occurred that resonates today in the ongoing struggle for marriage equality. On June 12, 1967, the United States Supreme Court rendered a landmark decision in the case of Loving vs. Virginia. This historic and unanimous ruling voided not only the Commonwealth of Virginia's anti-miscegenation statute, but similar laws in other states as well. It also overturned the previous Supreme Court verdict that upheld the legality of state laws prohibiting interracial marriages in Pace vs. Alabama (1883). Loving vs. Virginia ended all race-based legal restrictions on marriage throughout the entire United States.

In the earlier case of Pace vs. Alabama, the Supreme Court, in 1883, recognized the authority of the then popular interpretation of race that held that "Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and He placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with His arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that He separated the races shows that He did not intend for the races to mix." (Johann Friedrich Blumenbach). That ruling asserted that there was no violation of equal protection because both whites and non-whites were punished the same.

The plaintiffs in Loving vs. Virginia were Mildred Loving, a black woman and Richard Loving, a white man, both residents of Virginia. They moved to Washington, DC, to escape Virginia's "Racial Integrity Act of 1924" (anti-miscegenation law) and were married there in June, 1958. Upon their return to their native state, they were charged, arrested and convicted of violating the act. Specifically, Section 20-58, which prohibited interracial couples from being married out of state and returning to Virginia and Section 20-59, which classified miscegenation as a felony.

Eventually, the Lovings moved back to the District of Columbia and on November 6, 1963, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a suit on their behalf on the grounds that the state law was in direct violation of their Fourteenth Amendment rights. This action slowly progressed to the docket of  the U. S. Supreme Court.

The 1967 Supreme Court dismissed the Commonwealth of Virginia's argument that the state's Racial Integrity Act could not be viewed as racially discriminatory as it applied identical penalties to both black and white violators. The opinion of the nine justices was that the act was in direct conflict with both the Due Process clause and the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. In the view of the high court, "Marriage is one of the 'basic civil rights of man,' fundamental to our very existence and survival...To deny this fundamental freedom on so insupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discrimination. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State."

The judicial authority's conclusion was that the anti-miscegenation laws were, essentially, precisely what they were intended to be: racist. They were legislated to preserve the privileged status of the white race. The justices decision determined that "There is patently no legitimate overriding purpose independent of invidious racial discrimination which justifies this classification. The fact that Virginia prohibits only interracial marriages involving white persons demonstrates that the racial classifications must stand on their own justification, as measures designed to maintain white supremacy."  

This ruling nullified all existing prohibitions against mixed-race marriages throughout the United States, not only in the South but across the entire country as a whole. Although many states retained the  laws on their respective Codes, they were powerless to enforce them. The last state to remove these restrictions from legal regulations was Alabama which did so only in 2000.

There is no doubt in the mind of anyone as to the real purpose behind the enactment of individual state laws defining and therefore restricting marriage as between one man and one women. The sole reason for these statutes is to deny same gender loving persons the freedom to legally wed. Opponents of marriage equality often cite religious tradition (specifically, Judeo-Christian) as the basis for this prohibition. However, marriage is an institution that is the privilege of the respective secular state which, in turn, grants that right to religious communions. In the eyes of the state, marriage doesn't require adherence to any particular faith community. Christians marry. As do Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. Persons indifferent to or independent of any type of organized belief system marry. Even Agnostics and Atheists are allowed to marry. Civil marriages (those performed outside of any religious sanction) take place across the country, all the time, on a daily basis.

Hence, marriage licenses, permission to marry, are issued by the secular (state) authority and not the sacred (religious). Individual values, attitudes and beliefs are not a qualification for the right to wed and live as a legally recognized couple.  

In the struggle for complete marriage equality, LGBT attorneys and legal advisers have used the legal principles of Loving vs. Virginia, especially those pertaining to the freedoms guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment, in advancing their arguments in favor of same gender legal recognition. The Equal Protection clause, when allowed by courts, is applicable to all citizens, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. On this aspect and interpretation, all jurists are in agreement.

In his 2010 decision overturning California's Proposition 8 (which banned marriage to GLBT couples), Federal Judge Vaughn Walker cited Loving vs. Virginia in his ruling. He concluded that the constitutional right to marry protects an individual's choice of marital partner regardless of gender." On appeal, the U. S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed his decision. This particular case, Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, is pending review by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The current litigation between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Federal Government over the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was passed by Congress in 1996, while not specifically naming Loving vs. Virginia, does rely on the Fourteenth Amendment judgments rendered in that decision. It has been affirmed that the Equal Protection clause has been denied through the enforcement of DOMA. The Federal Government delegates marital authority to the individual states. In enacting DOMA, the Federal Government is denying Federal benefits (discriminating) against GLBT couples who reside in states and the District of Columbia that do recognize same gender marriages. In essence, the U. S. is usurping the very authority it reserves to the states and in turn is denying equal protection (entitlements) to a select group of citizens.

Both of the above cases, should the U. S. Supreme Court decide to hear them, can be argued as early as the Autumn, 2012. If the high court decides not to entertain a review, lower appellate rulings stand which overturn Proposition 8 in California, thus legalizing (a second time) marriage equality there. In the Massachusetts case, it is technically understood that DOMA would be deemed unconstitutional and therefore nullified.

If the Supreme Court decides to review the above cases, the fact that the plaintiffs have followed a strictly constitutional argument in their case, the court will see the obvious: protected freedoms and rights have been violated. In this day and age, it is hoped the justices will honor the secular (constitutional) nature of government as was done in Loving vs. Virginia as the court did in 1967. The days for using the sacred reasoning, as in Pace vs. Alabama in 1883, have no place in modern society.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!
  Sources: author's notes, Gallaudet University, Howard University, Wikipedia

Friday, June 22, 2012

Weekend Treats: First Weekend Of Summer, 2012

It's the first weekend for the Summer, 2012. Time to get outside and enjoy either with friends or for solitude. No matter what our choice of activity, weather permitting, now's the moment to find any opportunity to experience the freedom of being nude in a natural environment regardless if it's an apartment balcony, a backyard, a beach or a park.

The warmer temperatures always make aquatic destinations extremely popular during this season of the calendar year. Trips are planned to beaches and resorts, both near and far. Another favorite activity for social nudists are the many pool parties, planned or spontaneous, that allow us to cool off and beat the summer heat.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Commonwealth of Virginia: Jump For Justice

For background information on this topic, please refer to two previous posts here: "Commonwealth of Virginia: Disgrace And Shame" (May 21, 2012) and "Commonwealth of Virginia: Convoluted Logic" (May 22, 2012).

Last month, the Virginia state House of Delegates failed to approve the appointment of Tracy Thorne-Begland, Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Richmond, as the first openly gay judge to the General District Court in that same city. Fifty-one votes were needed for the nomination to move forward in the 100-member lower house of the state legislature. The official tally was thirty-three votes in favor of the nomination, thirty-one opposed, ten abstentions and twenty-six legislators cast no vote whatsoever. The arguments against approval were based solely on the usual homophobic litany of "advancing the 'gay agenda' and homosexual recruitment."

This bigoted and disgusting action (inaction) drew national attention and condemnation. Even Virginia's antigay and archconservative governor mildly criticized the failure of Mr. Thorne-Begland's promotion. Within the state, the bar association, prominent law firms, respected jurists and City of Richmond elected officials publicly denounced the legislators behavior as biased and vindictive. Private citizens expressed dismay and opposition in print media letters and other forums.

As Tracy was the sole nominee for this judicial position, this left the seat on the bench vacant with the legislature in recess until the 2013 session. By state law, when there is an opening on the bench and the legislature is not convened, judges may select an interim appointee subject to legislative approval in the next scheduled session. On June 14, 2012, the judges of the City of Richmond Circuit Court voted to seat Thorne-Begland on the General District Court, 13th Judicial District located at the Manchester Courthouse in the City's southside. The temporary appointment is effective beginning July 1, 2012.

Throughout all the controversy surrounding the legislative disaster and the ensuing publicity, Tracy Thorne-Begland remained silent about all the homophobia and discrimination. Upon learning of the judicial selection, he released the following statement: "I am humbled by the Circuit Court's decision. I look forward to serving the citizens of the City of Richmond as a jurist and, over the coming months, I hope that my service provides comfort to all Virginians that I remain committed to the faithful application of the laws and constitutions of Virginia and the United States of America."

Thorne-Begland's opponents have expressed anger over what they see as an affront to their legislative authority. The homophobic ringleader against his appointment has promised to renew the battle in the state's House of Delegates during the next legislative session.

However, the next engagement just may not be so easy for Tracy's enemies. One of his opponents, a decorated war veteran, publicly released an email that he sent to all his fellow legislators. In it, he states that upon investigation, he has had a change of heart and now supports Thorne-Begland's nomination to the bench. This same email prompted another opposing lawmaker to publicly announce that he, too, was evaluating his position and may possibly drop his objection to the appointment.

Tracy's initial nomination enjoyed bipartisan support from legislators. Hopefully, his performance in the position over the upcoming months and common decency will prevail and his interim appointment will become permanent. 

Personally, I hope all the publicity surrounding this embarrassing episode will serve as a warning to the indifference and apathy of the cowardly twenty-six delegates who cast no vote whatsoever. Their collective failure to take a stand on this issue enabled the homophobes to prevail during this past legislative sitting. They need to get off their asses and deliver some of the leadership abilities they claimed to offer their constituents when they were originally elected. I trust the notoriety of their shirking of their elected duty will shame them all into action.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Photoessay: It's Officially Summer!

Today marks the official beginning of the Summer Season, 2012!
The race is now beginning to enjoy all the outdoor aquatic activities available!

It's the season for antics and fun on the sand, surf and sun!
The freedom to be outside without the hassles of clothing!

Pool parties, outdoor hot tubs, sports events and outdoor hikes!
Barbeques, cookouts and picnics and cocktails with friends!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Thought For The Day

"I am not a naturist, a nudist, a streaker nor an exhibitionist. Labels are for clothes. My unclothed appearance is also not motivated sexually nor out of any gratuitous need to seek attention. I believe that while society continues to have a fundamentally negative relationship with the human body, we can never be a free or mature society. It's the 21st century. Time to evolve."

~ Russell Higgs~

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Pride Designs

Often, we all use little reminders in order to get tasks done, stay focused or keep positive. Many use them to uplift their spirits and get the day started on the right track. These self notes are beneficial and serve whatever purpose we need them to so our lives stay ordered and simple. These tools are both essential and fun.

This same concept applies to desk calendars and to commercially preprinted sticky notes with a pleasing sentiment across the top or bottom. It all keeps us upbeat, uplifted and happy in a world that often pulls us in the direct opposite direction.

What better way to start off a Monday morning during Gay Pride Month than with a few happy thoughts to help us struggle through whatever the Monday brings? Be safe, be happy and stay proud!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

World Nude Hiking Day (Observed)

World Nude Hiking Day is celebrated every year on the day of the Summer Solstice, the longest day of sunlight during the calendar year. In 2012, this date occurs on Wednesday, June 20. As this is a weekday, many groups and clubs are observing this event on the weekend prior to the actual solstice.

Grab your hiking boots, sunscreen and water bottle and hike the trails nearby. That's all you'll need to spend a day observing nature up close and personal. Remember, always hike with a buddy.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy! 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Happy Father's Day!


Spend the day nude!
Spend the day with those you admire and love!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!
Please note: I'm off on an extended weekend through June 20, 2012. I've published postings to cover the period that I'm away while hiking nude.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Nudist Bill Of Rights

Nudist Bill Of Rights
As law abiding citizens who are friends of nudism, we proudly affirm that we have and are entitled to exercise the following rights.

~ Nudists have the right to hold their values and beliefs.

~ Nudists have the right to petition and be heard by their governments.

~ Nudists have the right to responsibly enjoy nudity within their homes and on private properties.

~ Nudists have the right to exercise decision-making in the upbringing of their families in a manner consistent with their beliefs and without interference from others.

~ Nudists have the right to assemble in the nude within appropriate settings.

~ Nudists have the right to decisions about what constitutes acceptable nudity to be made free from considerations of age, gender, marital status, religious beliefs, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.

~ Nudists have the right to responsibly enjoy being nude within appropriate locations on public lands.

~ Nudists have the right to be free from adverse actions by their employers as a result of their lawful enjoyment of nudity when away from work.

~ Nudists have the right to experience accurate, life-affirming portrayals of the human body in all its stages as depicted in the performing arts, the fine arts, literature and human history.

~ Nudists have the right to be treated as law-abiding citizens.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!
Source: The Naturist Society

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Queer Nudist Pride

June is Pride Month for the entire GLBT community. It is fitting that we, the members of the queer naturist/nudist culture, also take this time to celebrate and embrace the men that we are and our choice to live our lives clothes free. We are same gender loving and proud men who enjoy life naturally, without the artificial and false disguises that conceal our true selves. Our nudity is our way of living our lives to their fullest. Our nudity is our being completely honest about who we are, with nothing to hide and for all to see.  

We have pride and confidence in ourselves as gay men and in our bodies as products of nature. We feel no shame nor discomfort about ourselves or how we live. As queer social nudists, we proudly share with our brothers the essence and realness of ourselves and enjoy the camaraderie of our fraternity. We welcome all into our brotherhood and encourage their self-acceptance and love of themselves and their bodies.

Our culture of nakedness fosters our commitment to the ideals of patience, tolerance and understanding towards all people, regardless of their respective clothing decisions. We are dedicated to equality and freedom for all, without fear or judgment.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Taking It Off: Part 2

Please refer to the first posting of this series: "Taking It Off : Part 1" that was featured here on March 7, 2012. Go to Blog Archive located on the left of the screen, scroll down to March, 2012. click and then scroll to the appropriate entry.

In the initial segment of this series, I discussed some strategies to becoming comfortable with nakedness around the home. The posting ended with the encouragement of performing routine tasks while nude. This enables us to increase our comfort level of being naked while not focusing on the reality that we are, indeed, nude. In other words, feeling as "normal"  outside of clothing as most men do while wearing clothes. Addressing the body shame that is hammered into our minds since birth by our textile (clothing) dominated society.

By no means am I implying that I'm an expert in increasing familiarity with our own skin. The following recommendations are based on having mentored others in easing themselves into our culture of nakedness. Each man decides what works best for himself in this situation. All of us are different and come from diverse backgrounds, belief systems and life experiences. What is being offered here are merely suggestions.

This phase of personal naturist /nudist development is contingent upon satisfaction with being clothes-free as we complete daily chores around our living situations. Having this self-confidence in both ourselves and our nudity enables us to lose the obsession over our nakedness and focus on our surroundings and what's happening in our world.

Self Photography

This suggestion is simpler today than in the past. Most phones and PDAs have built in cameras so it's now just a matter of aim and shoot. It can also be a creative and imaginative method of gaining comfort with our nude selves. Gone are the days when we were limited to posing in front of mirror in either a bathroom or bedroom mirror. Mobile cameras have both higher quality and multiple functions.

Taking self pictures from various angles, using mirrors, allows us to become familiar with what others see when looking at us nude. After doing this, we can let our imaginations go uninhibited with photos, taken at arms length, using both accessories and background to make our self-images exciting and fun. This involves no greater effort than creating photos, in clothing, that we post to social networking sites. The better photographs can be stored and later shared on nudist social media once we are interested in doing so.

A few words of advice when engaging self photography. One, be mindful of the background in the picture. It's not a great idea to capture decent poses of yourself with a messy room as the background. The scene is just as important as the subject. If you later decide to send the photo, you don't want the receiver to think you lack serious housekeeping skills. Second, remember the message that you want to convey. Social nudity isn't about sexual opportunities. A full erection and suggestive poses may not be the true thought you want to share later on.

Using A Photographer

No. This doesn't mean hiring a professional photographer for a full portfolio, although that is always an option available to those who may be interested. This step is as simple as inviting a family member, friend or partner to spend an hour or so taking pictures of us while we're naked. Make it clear to whomever you ask that the photographer isn't expected to be nude. Again, that's an option best left to the person behind the camera.  

Once again, as with self-photography, using a photographer affords the opportunity to indulge in our creative nature both with accessories and poses. One advantage in having a photographer is the ability to make series of sequential scenes centered around a particular theme. Another is that a live man behind the lens is able to capture images at angles that aren't possible in self-photography.

Having a person as a photographer, especially one who remains clothed, enables us to explore our comfort level in being nude when others are fully clothed. Not all destinations or events are exclusively nude; many are clothing optional. Therefore, it is a reality that we encounter those who opt to keep themselves at least partially textile.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Self Photography

Self photography has now become a major pastime in our modern culture. The popularity of social networking sites and the need to post pictures immediately, not to mention plain old vanity, have made this phenomenon part of the norm. It could also be a sign of confidence and pride. And that's not such a bad development. It does offer benefits for both the sender and the recipient: immediate information sharing. It's a two-way street that most of us appreciate and enjoy.

It's refreshing to see so many men today willingly sharing images of their nudity. Hopefully, this indicates a trend that, finally, we as a society are at long last casting off the shackles of body shame and puritanical values. And, of course, the eye-candy isn't bad, either!

Practically all of us have either received or seen these types of pictures. Usually, the subject, also the photographer, is standing and holding the phone camera. At times, the device is focused on the image of the subject reflected in a mirror, more often than not in a bathroom or bedroom. Now, there's nothing wrong with that per se; however, it does get monotonous after a dozen or more appear on the screen.   

The unique feature about this example of this contemporary art medium is the creativity involved. This man obviously gave this matter some serious thought. It's not just a simple, quick point-and-shoot. Planned ahead, this dude used the photograph to not only capture but to highlight two of his strongest attributes: his face and his ass. A double dose of eye-candy contained in one image. No surprise, they compliment each other. This one-of-a-kind pose guarantees the viewers undivided attention. That's the purpose of self photography, right? Mission accomplished!     

This guy is demonstrating his confidence and pride in both himself and his nakedness. Judging the photo of his endowment, he's entirely justified.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Washington, DC Pride

Washington, DC
Capital City Pride

Parade: June 9, 2012
Street Festival: June 10, 2012

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!