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Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye, 2012! Bottoms Up!

 
FAREWELL, 2012!
 
Have a safe New Year's Eve! Please be careful!
 
Have fun and remember to keep a latex or polyurethane condom with you!
 
Use it when necessary with a water-based lubricant.
 
Before using alcohol or other substances, have a designated driver!
 
Peace! Get naked. Enjoy! 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Final Weekend Of 2012!


 
Time to pack up the old,
and make way for the approaching new!
 
It's the last weekend of 2012!
The end of a terrific year!
 
 
Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!
 


Friday, December 28, 2012

Chillax Weekend


A lazy weekend is good for body, mind and soul during the hectic winter holidays!
 
Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Well Deserved Rest...

 
After all the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season,
a well earned rest at the end of the day.
 
Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Kwanzaa Wishes

 
Happy Kwanzaa!
 
May the Seven Principles bring you tranquility and comfort.
 
Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!


 
 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Ho! Ho! Ho!

 
Best wishes for the Holidays!
 
To those who celebrate: Happy Christmas!
 
Please be safe!
 
Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!
 
 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

First Full Day Of Winter...

 
The winter officially began yesterday.
 
Today is the first full day of the new season.
 
A few images to remind us all that the beach days will eventually return.
 
Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!
 
 
Picture you and your friends naked here.
 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday Footnotes: Vikings Coach To Klewe: "Enough!"

 
 
For background on the contents of this post, please refer to the blog entry for September 9, 2012, "Pro Football Season Returns" and to the November 16, 2012, entry, "Friday Footnotes: NFL Allies."  Due to the nature of the content of this piece, it was determined not to include this update with the post from last Friday in order to include any subsequent developments.
 
I have commended Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe for his advocacy and public endorsement of marriage equality for all persons and his opposition to antigay bullying and discrimination. Thanks to his efforts, and the support of others, Minnesota voters this past November defeated a ballot initiative that would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman. The path is now set for the state legislature to legalize same sex marriage as the voters have already approved it.
 
Apparently, at the very least, one of the Vikings coaching staff is tiring of Kluwe's activism. Positions coach Mike Priefer has publicly warned the player to "cool it" and focus on his job.
 


Addressing the issue in an interview with the Associated Press, Priefer stated: "Those distractions are getting old for me, to be quite honest with you." He continued, "to me, it's getting old. He's got to focus on punting and holding for field goals and extra points."

Coach Priefer was supported by Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier. In a statement released to the press, Frazier offered: " We've has some conversations, Chris and I. He's assured me that's where his focus is and we just have to keep moving forward."

As a punter, Kluwe's record is about average for the NFL. He is paid higher than the national average for those in his position, hence the higher expectations from his performance on the field. His public activism isn't limited to just gay issues, although that is the area that has drawn the most media attention. The Vikings never singled out a particular cause that Kluwe endorses as a reason for the public comments.

It appears Kluwe will continue to speak his mind. As the coaching staff were communicating with the press about his focus, Kluwe was in the taping of an ESPN episode of "Outside The Lines" discussing gay issues in professional football.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

New Pages Launched

 
 
Over the past two years of publishing DQN In Northern Virginia, I have received numerous emails requesting information regarding the principle topics addressed through this blog: namely, the cultures of nakedness, of the Deaf and of the queer community. Most of these inquiries concerned issues surrounding available resources. To all of these, I have gladly tried to answer to the best of my limited ability. It has been my pleasure to provide as much information as possible.
 
This blog has always, and will always be, a constant work-in-progress. Personally, I believe there is forever room for change, growth and improvement not only in our personal and professional lives, but also in our endeavors and labors. None of us are born perfect nor do we produce perfection in all of our labors. We are, after all, only human.  
 
In a strive towards betterment of this site and of its relevance and utility, I'm today adding three additional pages to DQN In Northern Virginia, bringing the total featured to four. This page remains unaltered and is now the Home page. It is the document that appears whenever this blog is accessed. The new pages may be viewed by clicking onto one of the tabs listed on the top bar of the page. One page contains resources pertaining to Deaf Culture and that is the title. Another is dedicated to social resources for naturists entitled Naturists/Nudists Leisure and Social Resources. The third is labelled Nude and Queer Visual Arts Sites. It is a limited listing of my favorite artists.
 
Of course, other topical pages may be included in the future as the need arises. At the bottom of each respective page is a gadget for comments for that specific page. Please use this tool and offer any thoughts or suggestions regarding the content. Your ideas and input are appreciated and welcome.
 
I used the logo pictured below throughout the new pages. It was designed by Choklit Daddy of Choklit Daddy's Sketchbook. I'm grateful to him for his creativity and talent. To visit his blog, click on the gadget featured at the top left side of your screen or in My Blog List.
 
Please take a moment to view these additions to DQN In Northern Virginia. I hope they will be useful and informative, if not immediately, at least some time in the future.
 
Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!
 
 
 
Author's Note: Yesterday, I was honored by Maurice Pegasi on his blog: Princes of the Alhambra. I am appreciative and humbled by his kindness. He featured his artistic renditions of numerous photos posted here. To visit his site, please click this link: http://www.mauricepegasi.blogspot.com .

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Nude Elf Jingle

 
The Nude Elf
 
This elf is totally nude, but actually very shrewd!
He's living happily, completely textile-free!
 
He wants you happy too, but there's one thing you must do!
The secret he already knows, remove those burdensome clothes!
 
 
Then you'll feel just fine and enjoy this holiday time!
Now that you know the reason, get naked for this season!
 
Just don't restrict your cheer, be proud and nude all year!
This elf wants you okay as you observe this holiday!
 
 
Get naked with this elf, but please respect yourself!
To be nude is all fine during this festive time!
 
This elf  just wants you merry, whether you're shaved, smooth or hairy!
He simply wants you free and to celebrate naturally!
~Roger Poladopoulos~
December 19, 2012
 
Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!  

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Nudecentric Briefs: Last Minute Shopping

 
THE ONLY REASON FOR A NATURIST/NUDIST TO OWN A PAIR OF HOLIDAY BOXERS OR BRIEFS IS TO TAKE THEM OFF!
 
SHOP QUEER OWNED
 
The season of giving and gift exchange has many frantically rushing from store to store or from website to website searching for last minute gifts. Others traditionally wait for the last week before the winter holidays until they actually begin tackling their shopping list. Then there are those who procrastinate hoping to take advantage of the last minute sales that retailers usually offer. If you're among this crowd, no matter the category that you belong, I'd like to suggest to "shop community."
 
Shopping community is no more than making it a point to patronize local and national GLBT businesses for those remaining on gift lists. Make this festive time of year a time to pay-the-gay shops and establishments that often generously support causes and events within our own community.
 
More likely than not, these are local retailers and probably owned by friends and neighbors who are also our GLBT brothers and sisters. They are the ones who our community looks to first whenever we need financial support for community activities. These are the ones who promote our cultural, health-related, social and political endeavors often with no monetary compensation. In some instances, they provide unused space or after-hours access when we need a place to meet or host a fundraiser.
 
These merchants are struggling in the sluggish economy as are we all. Now's an opportunity that we, the GLBT people who've benefited from their generosity throughout the year (and in the past) to demonstrate our gratitude and give to them our business and to support their business during this high volume shopping period.
 

 
GIFT IDEAS FOR NUDISTS
 
No clue as to what to give the social nudists brothers that we hang loose together all year long? A couple of simple ideas for presents that are both thoughtful of our preference to live clothes-free and that are useful for our nakedness. Lanyard/necklace style key chains are relatively inexpensive and offer a solution to the dilemma of what to do with our car/house keys. These can be personalized by selecting one that reflects a favorite sports team, alma mater or nakation destination.
 
Fanny-packs or hip-pouches offer the utility of a pocket when nude. Somewhat pricier than a key chain, these come in a variety of styles to fit different budgets. The less costly are the ones made from nylon and the high-end ones are made in leather. Finally, hand towels are always useful for providing a barrier between or bodies and the furniture when we sit. Prices vary based on where purchased and quality. Some can be monogrammed for a personal touch.
 
Shop safe and shop queer-owned or gay-friendly!
 
Peace! Get naked. Enjoy! 

Monday, December 17, 2012

'Tis The Season...


 
With the fast approach of the winter holidays and all the preparation and shopping required to observe the customs and traditions, I'm quite certain that many are feeling an unusual amount of stress.
A little seasonal humor that depicts the emotions some maybe experiencing at this time.
Have a good chuckle and remember to b-r-e-a-t-h-e!
 
Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!


 
 
 
 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

New Home: Iam(A)ga(Y)te(K)eeper


 
Take a peek inside:
 
Iam(A)ga(Y)te(K)eeper
 
has a new home (address) yet once again.
 
Visit him and say hello at the link below:
 
 
Come on inside
 
and get some pie on your cakes!
 
 
And of course,
 
don't forget your housewarming gift: you!
 
 
One of the first blogs I ever followed,
 
long before I started publishing here.
 
Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!


Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday Footnotes: Olympian Nude, Again

 
 
For background information on this piece, please refer to the July 6, 2012, post entry here: "The Naked Olympian."
 
British Olympic medalist in Men's Gymnastics, Louis Smith, is more than willing to pose nude, again. Louis, who has won bronze in Beijing in 2008 and a silver medal this past summer in London on the pommel horse, in the past has posted self-pictures of himself, semi-nude, on social media. This summer, he posed fully nude in a photo spread to benefit men's cancers awareness. He's so comfortable outside his clothing that he's more than willing to get naked again, for a gay magazine.
 


Smith, of mixed Anglo-Carribean heritage and shown above and right, posed nude along with fellow Olympians from the UK in the British edition of  Cosmopolitan in their June, 2012, issue. At the time, he admitted publicly that he felt relaxed being in the buff in front of both the camera and photography crew. He added that the entire experience was enjoyable and fun.

The young athlete (21 years old), who aspires to become a fashion designer, also holds numerous international championships in his gymnastic discipline. As a trained Olympian, he's proud of both his body and his nudity.

Louis Smith is currently continuing to train for gymnastic competitions as well as the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. At the moment, he is appearing on UK TV in the reality celebrity show, Strictly Come Dancing. After a recent filming, he was interviewed by the British daily, Mirror. During the course of the interview, he revealed that he would gladly get nude for a gay magazine because he's become somewhat of a "gay icon."

Smith told the paper, "I get lots of attention from females as well as males. Apparently, I'm a bit of a gay icon. I'd go nude for the Attitude magazine. I'm not a shy guy when it comes to getting your kit off and taking pictures." Attitude is one of Great Britain's popular gay pictorial monthlies.

He went on to state that he would do underwear ads but he wants to be paid well to do that.

 Louis Smith posted these pictures following his bronze win in Beijing, 2008.
 
Smith (left) with a friend after the London Olympiad
 
For background information on this article, please refer to the October 3, 2012, post here on DQN In Northern Virginia, "October: Hispanic Heritage Month."
 
Whereas Louis Smith may be willing to pose naked again, another celebrity actually was captured on film full frontally nude recently. openly gay Puerto Rican pop singer, Ricky Martin, decided to have a November day in the sun on his native island. A photographer happened by and took pictures while chatting with the performer. Martin, unconcerned with being nude, conversed politely before the man with the camera moved on. Ricky made no mention of the photographs of his nudity or where they would be published. It's refreshing to see a man who's obviously comfortable with his body and confident of himself.
 
 Ricky Martin relaxing
 
 
For history associated with this story, please refer to the September 9, 2012, entry: "Pro Football Season Returns" and the November 16, 2012, entry: "Friday Footnotes: NFL Allies." 
 
 
 
 
Baltimore Ravens linebacker and rising NFL star, Brendon Ayanbadejo has been consistent in his support of gay rights and marriage equality. He was instrumental in promoting the campaign for approval of same-sex marriage in Maryland this past November. Now, he's being honored for his courage, not from a GLBT organization, but from the unofficial "official" bible of the sports profession, Sports Illustrated.
 
In its Sportsman of the Year issue (now out with LeBron James on the cover), the publication recognizes ten "athletes who care." Mr. Ayanbadejo is one of those being celebrated. He elaborates: "I know I'm on the right side of history. We'll look back 20 or 30 years like we look back on slavery or women's suffrage, things that were done throughout history that are wrong and weren't considered wrong."
 
Congratulations on a job well done, Brendon Ayanbadejo!
 


 Peace! Get naked. Enjoy! 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Nude Novice Notes: Holiday Parties


COME ON OUT OF YOUR CLOSET OF CLOTHES AND WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF SOCIAL NUDITY!


For most of us, the winter holidays are an exciting and festive time of the year. The decorations, the lights and the opportunities for socializing help to liven up the dreary days of shorter daylight and dropping temperatures. At least for a brief period, the general atmosphere is one of happiness that is often contagious. This is true no matter if we're clothed or naked.

This feeling of excitement is real for almost all nudists, regardless if new to the world of nakedness or veterans of living clothes-free. As social nudists, the seasonal round of brunches, lunches, open houses and parties provide us with a seemingly endless choice of occasions to be natural with acquaintances and friends. It's a time to share friendship and hospitality as well as having a good time.

It's easy to become infected with the spirit of the holidays and want to reflect this energy in adding a special touch to our appearance as we attend these various functions. Besides, many of us have the few extra leftovers from decorating our apartments and homes and want to put these to good use. No better use than to adorn ourselves with these to demonstrate holiday cheer. None of us want to give the illusion of being a Scrooge or worse, being a complete "stick-in-the-mud" with no goodwill whatsoever.

In order for a good time for everyone to take place, both hosts and guests should pause for a few considerations before entering the social circuit. A moments thought may prevent an incident that could be harmful or damaging and mar the celebrations. After all, the purpose of whatever function is for fellowship and friendship.



Suggestions for hosts: We all want our guests to see the best we have to offer in our hospitality. During this holiday time, most of us strive to create a festive environment that not only is welcoming but also reflects our seasonal spirit. This is only natural. However, a word of caution: if it has any value, monetary or sentimental, put it away. Opening our homes to guests is fine. However, some people aren't as well coordinated as others (especially if alcohol or other substances are involved). If an item gets broken or damaged, we don't want our guests feeling guilty. And we don't want to suffer the loss of an investment or a treasured heirloom or memory. 

A second consideration is theft. Our acquaintances and friends are probably not thieves. If they are bringing along someone we don't know, the possibility is present. Better to be safe than sorry is advice that's been passed along from generation to generation for a reason. It's true.

Candles are a yuletide tradition. They add ambiance and elegance to celebrations. Most of us aren't accustomed to being around candles on a regular basis due to the availability of electricity. Safety isn't always foremost in minds (again, factor in alcohol). A pyrodisaster may make our social memorable but not in the way that we had in mind. Use candles sparingly and in safe locations. Twenty men milling about leaves less maneuver room than normal.

Suggestions for guests: Please, first of all, remember to bring along a hand towel for sitting, particularly if the nude social is in a private home. Not that the host is unclean; rather, out of respect and courtesy to our host(s). Face it, we all carry germs. let's all work together to reduce germ transmission. That's just plain, common sense. If the gathering is in a rented community space, a hand towel is advised but if you don't bring one, you're on your own if you get sick.

Bare (intentional pun) in mind that we are entering a private home with limited open space. This is a nude social (multiple people). Those angel wings may be cute, but they take up space and may not be so cute to those who have to suffer them getting in their way. Be considerate.

Adorning our bodies with leftover tinsel garland or evergreen garland is indeed in the spirit of the season. Just don't overdo it. Too much and it droops out of place and into food, drinks and onto other guests. Also, please be aware of open flames (candles, fireplaces, etc.).

A caution to all: Drink (or otherwise indulge) responsibly. An intoxicated angel, elf, reindeer or whatever is not cute or funny. It's a holiday function, not a keg party. Best yet: use a designated driver and leave your car keys at home.

Have a fun and safe holiday!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Nhojj: OUTMusic Awards Nominee


Guyanese born Nhojj, an up and coming composer and vocalist, has been honored by multiple OUTMusic (OMA) nominations for the 8th Annual ceremony and concert scheduled for December 16, 2012, at the Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is sponsored by the LGBT Academy of Recording Artists (LARA) and culminates three days of gala festivities.

Topping the list of nominees with a total of six nominations, this gay son of a clergyman is becoming renown for his same gender loving lyrics and musical themes. Nhojj made OUTMusic history in 2009 with his ballad, Love becoming the first black male to win an OMA. Last year he took home the trophy for OUTStanding R&B/Soul song of the year for his anthem, Gay Warrior Song. He is hoping to repeat his previous successes again this year.

Known for his versatility and LGBT affirming lyrics, he is nominated for Best Producer of the Year: Live Your Life; Best R&B/Soul Song: Live Your Life; Best Jazz and
Cabaret Song: You're A 10; Best Song on a Soundtrack/Instrumental: Finding Me Making Love; Biello-Martin Love Song: He & Him; and finally, Best Spiritual/Inspirational Song: Amazing Grace.

Arriving in Las Vegas, Nhojj admits, "Winning is great but really all the nominees are winners for having the courage to stay true to who they are and create music that affirms all of us. I'm celebrating regardless of who takes home the trophies." Once again, the artist exhibits the positive attitude that is often reflected in his music and his songs, creations designed to encourage and inspire all of us.

This year has been a busy one for Nhojj. He released two singles, a music video and a documentary short produced by Emmy nominated Michael Burlingame. The short, "Nhojj MUSIC and the word," received the Indie Fest Award of Merit in the GLBT category. He reached #1 on the OutVoice Song chart in November, 2012. His live performances included NYC Gay Pride, Chicago's ALT Q Music Festival and the first "Out and Proud" Brooklyn Museum concert.

"The best thing about music," the nominee explains "is the power to bring people together...even the most unlikely of people, for instance, two of my biggest fans voted differently than I did in the last presidential election. It surprised me at first, but after contemplation, I realized, music is a shared experience; gender, race, class, sexual orientation, politics: none of these things matter. Music transcends boundaries."

Nhojj grew up singing in gospel choirs in Guyana. He lives in New York City and graduated with a BA in economics from New York University. His musical genres include neo-soul, disco, house, R&B/soul, gospel and jazz.

My partner is a great fan of this performer, composer and poet. I've read his lyrics and poems and they are uplifting. He's not only a gifted and talented musician, he always is a dedicated queer activist, especially in suicide prevention and marriage equality. For more information, visit his website: http://www.Nhojj.com . To order his CDs, go to: http://www.cdbaby.com .

Best wishes to Nhojj on his nominations at the OUTMusic Awards Ceremony this upcoming Sunday!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Cold And Flu Free

 
 
None of us want to be laid up in bed, feeling miserable. Fighting off a fever, coughing, sneezing and having to sleep alone. Not to mention the nausea and chills. Especially with the winter holiday season in full swing: the crowded social and shopping schedules. All those nude parties and fun times with friends. With the cold and flu season already upon us, there are some facts about disease transmission that can help us prevent extra discomfort, or worse, in our daily lives.
 
First, there are four criteria that are necessary for diseases to be transferred. Germs: Regardless of whether bacterial or viral, a pathogen (germ) needs to be present. Susceptible: The person needs to be vulnerable to the infection. A strong immune system and/or a vaccination reduces the susceptibility to a disease. Sometimes, a recent bout with the disease produces antibodies that immediately fight off any new infection. Quantity: In order to become sick, the germs need to be in sufficient quantity or amount for infection to occur. Entry: There needs to be an opening or point of entry for the pathogens to infect the body. These can be minor skin abrasions, an open sore or wound, an oral cavity, etc. If any of these four conditions are not present, disease transmission does not happen.
 
There are two sure-fire precautions that we can take to reduce our risks of contracting a cold or flu. The first is to get a flu shot annually. Now, I'm like most people and shots are not my defense of choice. After a rough year of several flu infections in 2008, I found the courage in 2009 to stand like a man and get one. Avoiding a rash of flu viruses that were passed around the office that year, I've been a regular ever since. It's a simple one-time process that causes only a moment of discomfort. There are alternatives to the traditional injection. Have a chat with your healthcare provider.

The second primary method of prevention is the standard handwashing. Frequent handwashing using hot water and soap. Any reputable soap is fine; antibacterial included but it's not mandatory. Wash thoroughly for at least a minute remembering between the fingers, the back of the hand and underneath the nails. This ritual should be practiced all year and not just during the winter season. We're often taught to wash after bathroom visits, before food preparation and before meals. Excellent routine but those should not be the only times. Germs are everywhere and most of us are clueless as to how many times we come into contact with them on a daily basis. During the cold and flu time of year, I make it a point to stop in and wash  every time I pass a men's restroom.

Obsessive? Maybe. But here's something to think about. Who just coughed into his hand and then borrowed that pen you're using? Who just sneezed on your keyboard? I think you get the picture as to where I'm going with this thought. Knowing the protocols isn't enough, we need to follow the protocols in order to keep ourselves healthy.

Nudists note: With all those nude socials during the winter holiday season, I always make certain I have a hand towel with me to sit on. My ass has an opening that maybe a route of infection. A barrier reduces that possibility. Who knows who sneezed on that chair before I sat there? Why take the chance?

Below is a partial listing of some often overlooked germ sources that we encounter in our everyday lives:

Kitchen sponges and dishrags: According to some experts, these contain more microbes than those found in toilet bowls. What's worse, strains of the drug-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) a.k.a flesh-eating bacteria, have been found not only in restaurants but in household kitchens as well. Sanitize the sponge in the dishwasher every time you run it or microwave it after dampening. Throw the dishrag into the washing machine.

Kitchen sinks, toothbrush holders and countertops: Clean these regularly. For sinks and counters, a tablespoon of bleach in a quart of water once or twice a week is sufficient. Clean the toothbrush holder weekly in the dishwasher or in dishwashing detergent.

Bathroom faucets, TV remotes, refrigerator handles, doorknobs: Cold viruses can live up to 24 hours on these surfaces and flu bugs even longer. Regularly clean with a disposable disinfectant wipe.

Public electronic "touch spots" (ATM keypads, etc.): Keep personal commercial hand sanitizer available and use after contact. Wash hands as soon as possible afterwards.

Shopping carts, shopping baskets, bags: E. coli and other bacteria are often found on these containers and not just the handles. Packages of meat tend to leak, as do some dairy liquids. Babies put their bottoms where you put broccoli and fresh fruits. If you eat it raw, don't put it in the top of the shopping cart.

Stay safe! Stay healthy!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!
Resources: National Institutes of Health, US Public Health Service      

Monday, December 10, 2012

Practicing What He Preaches


In the past, I've often written here on DQN In Northern Virginia of the hypocrisy of those extremist haters, the radical right-wing and most unchristian so-called Christians. Those false prophets and Antichrists who twist and abuse religion and the true meaning of Christianity to further their private agenda of hatred and bigotry. I think that by this point in this paragraph, the overwhelming majority of you know exactly the type of clergy and their followers where this description is applicable.

During this season of charity and goodwill, it's only fitting that when an esteemed and honorable Christian leader publicly espouses the Truth of Christianity that he receive his just rewards. The man that I'm referring to is none other than the justly admired and respected Right Reverend Archbishop Desmond Tutu of the Anglican Church. The fact that his views are compatible with his faith is probably no surprise to anyone.


Commenting on the recent "Kill the Gays" bill considerations before Uganda's Parliament, the Right Reverend extolled his fellow clerics: "My brothers and sisters, you stood with people who were oppressed because of their skin color. If you are going to be true to the Lord you worship, you are also going to be there for the people who are being oppressed for something they can do nothing about: their sexual orientation."

Archbishop Tutu addressed the clergy and public in Nairobi, Kenya, during the convocation last week for the All Africa Conference of Churches. He added: " I am opposed to discrimination, that is unfair discrimination, and would that I could persuade legislators in Uganda to drop their draft legislation because I think it is totally unjust."

The retired bishop of Cape Town, South Africa, who received the Nobel Peace Prize for his opposition to apartheid, is emerging as a major proponent for tolerance and inclusion of GLBT peoples in both the church and across the entire continent of Africa. Tutu continued saying that people do not choose their sexual orientation and would be crazy to choose homosexuality "when you expose yourself to so much hatred, even to the extent of being killed."

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a man who is truly a personification of what is good in this world. Being supportive of GLBT people isn't easy or popular in Africa. Despite this reality, the good Archbishop stands tall for what he believes and defends our community. His sense of social justice he attributes to his strong faith and love for mankind.

Unlike some of his fellow clerics who falsely profess the same faith, the Right Reverend Archbishop not only believes and lives according to the Christian ideals, he also practices exactly what his religion teaches and what he, as spiritual guide, preaches.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Pearl Harbor Day

 
December 7, 1941
Day of Infamy
 
Remembering and honoring all those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on this date.
 
On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, the Japanese Empire conducted a surprise attack on the American Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, in the then Territory of Hawaii. This action precipated the U. S. declaration of war against Japan the following day, December 8. This Congessional Act brought this country into World War II. History has taught us all the remainder of this story.

During this unexpected military campaign, 2,402 U. S. servicemen lost their lives and an additional 1,282 were wounded for a total of 3,684 armed forces personnel affected by this aggressive engagement. Now, if we follow the 10% theory, one in ten Americans are GLBT, that results in 368 GLBT lives lost or otherwise impacted. If we use the more realistic 5% equation, that figure becomes 184 of our gay brothers dead or injured. Regardless, at the very minimum, several hundred queer men suffered due to this national tragedy.
 
Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!
December 7, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Gay Nude Men Bearing Gifts


This weekend, Twin, his boyfriend, mine and myself will travel to the Tidewater area of Virginia bearing our donations of new toys for children less fortunate. Although we'll probably drive down with our clothes on (none of us want to spend time in jail), when the party begins, we'll all be naked. The occasion is our cousin's annual holiday social to benefit a toy collection charity. This year marks the fourth consecutive gift party.

Cuz and his boyfriend began this tradition as a fun gathering of nudist friends with a noble cause. Each year, it grows larger and better. It gives all of us guests the satisfaction of having holiday cheer while knowing that we're contributing for the seasonal joy of others. "Naked with a cause!" as my boyfriend likes to describe it.

For the past several years, everyone has to remain fully dressed until all the guests arrive. Then we divide into teams (couples are in different groups), the clock starts and we all have to race to strip off our clothes and wrap as many presents as possible until all are decorated and labelled by age and gender. The irony is that we, the men, uncover ourselves in order to cover up the toys! An unusual icebreaker activity that's perfect for the winter holiday season!

Not only is this yet another opportunity for social nudity, it's also a chance for us, as gay men, to contribute to the good of our society. Yes, most of us give generously throughout the year to a multitude of worthy causes. But during this season of goodwill and sharing, it's nice and personally satisfying to come together and offer something to those youth who are unable to exercise any control over their lives. We're giving in the true spirit of the season.

Over the past four years, I've become acquainted with many of the friends of Cuz and his man from this particular area of Virginia. The vast majority of them feel the same as I do about this seasonal gathering. It's always good to come together and share our nakedness. It's even better when it's done in the service of bringing happiness and joy to complete strangers. After all, generosity is really the true reason for this season.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Author's Note: My cousin, Michael Poladopoulos, has published his perspective on this on his blogsite. Click here to visit: http://www.nekkidfurryboi.blogspot.com  

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Angels Who Blog



The blogs sites listed below and their respective and talented authors are both my angels and my heroes. I am commending them in honor of their commitment to the health and well-being not only of our blog community, our queer community but also to all of humanity. I am awed and inspired by their sense of social responsibility. Each and every one is a celestial man of the highest order. I am humbled by their goodness and kindness.

This past weekend, Saturday, December 1, was World AIDS Day. Last week, each of the blogs listed below featured a post commemorating this event. Too often, in today's busy schedule, this occasion is overlooked or merely seen as a day to pin on the obligatory red awareness ribbon and proceed with business as usual. However, we are still all living with HIV, even now, thirty-one years after this pandemic first manifested itself.

Clearly, we need more than just a perfunctory attitude if we are to stop the transmission of this disease. My brother bloggers, my angels, listed below recognize this fact and chose to step forward and remind us all to do the same: to renew our dedication to educate in order to eradicate the scourge of HIV.

I am grateful to every one of them for their public duty. I admire their compassion. I commend them to you as both angels and heroes.

Please visit their blogs. Please let them know you support their commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS and their dedication to social responsibility.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!



ANGELS:
listed in no preferential order
 
Black Lover Naked II
 
nekkidfurryboi blog
http://www.nekkidfurryboi.blogspot.com

I Am A Gayte-Keeper Sexuality, Love, Life
http://www.iamagaytekeeper.wordpress.com
(new address)

Smell My Pits
http://www.smellmypits.blogspot.com

Guys Without Boxers
http://www.aguywithoutboxers.blogspot.com

Hirsute Armpits
http://www.hirsutearmpits.blogspot.com

Celebrating Brothas: Hirsute Armpits
http://www.celebratingbrothashirsutearmpits.blogspot.com

The Pimusique Experience
http://www.pimusique.blogspot.com

Visions of Penis incorporating MENmenMen
http://www.visionsofpenis.blogspot.com

Sexe Homme Pour Homme
http://www.sexehommepourhomme.blogspot.com

Metro Dystopia
http://www.graygaythoughts.blogspot.com

 Top To Bottom
http://www.fromtop2bttm.blogspot.com

Anthropos
http://www.anthroposis.blogspot.com

Le jardin de Narcisse
http://www.lejardindenarcisse.blogspot.com

Musique's Poetry
http://www.musiquespoetry.com

Weilding the Axe
http://www.weildingtheaxe.blogspot.com

The Nautical Starr
http://www.thenauticalstarr.blogspot.com

Maybe It's Just Me
http://www.southern4life.blogspot.com

Please note these angels and heroes are comprised from the blogs that I personally follow. This list is by no means all inclusive.  If I inadvertently overlooked one of my blogger brothers, I humbly apologize.