Thursday, June 1, 2017
On behalf of GNI members around the world, congratulations to Ralph Bruneau, Mr GNI Leather 2016, on being selected International Mr Leather 2017 in Chicago this past weekend! This is a huge win for all naturists, for Ralph and for GNI; we are thrilled to have Ralph represent GNI in the international leather community for the next year!! And a special thanks to those of you who made this happen, who supported Ralph, and stood by him every step of the way. It truly is a win for everyone; Ralph will make a fantastic representative and we are proud to have him represent his naked brothers.
Check out Ralph's passionate speech at IML 2017 here.
Also check out Ralph's post about his experiences at the GNI Gathering 2016 in our blog post here.
Nude Guys Club Welcomes Gay Nudists in South Australia
Back in 1975, South Australia became the first state in Australia to legalise nudity at Australia’s best known nude beach, Maslin Beach. Since then a small number of nude groups have established themselves, however they are primarily focused towards heterosexual nudists.
It was the lack of options for gay men that brought a few like-minded friends together at a nude gathering and the idea of starting a gay nude group for those in the Adelaide area was formed.
In 2015, the Nude Guys Club (NGC) was brought to life with the first ‘clothed’ social get together in a local pub to discuss and plan the new clubs future.
It was a few months later when we were approached by a local gay night club, The Mars Bar, to see if we were looking for a permanent venue to hold our nude events.
We took them up on their offer and began holding monthly nude nights with different themed events. After a while these proved to be so popular that we started to hold events twice a month instead.
Some of our events have included after work drinks, Sunday barbeques, UV paint parties, and our very popular Starkers night, which is underwear optional for the first few hours for those guys who are a little shy to go ‘full pickle’ right from the start.
Other than our regular nights in the city, we’ve also have some get togethers at our local nude beach through the summer, nude night hikes in the Adelaide Hills and the guys are always having private nude house parties and dinners.
Adelaide is a reasonably small city, certainly smaller than Australia’s larger cities of Sydney and Melbourne, but we still have around 500 guys from all over the country on the mailing list and generally at our events we have around 40 to 50 guys come along to nude up and meet new friends. Most times we have new guys coming along and taking that first step to experience our nude lifestyle and socialising with the guys over a few drinks and dance in a safe nightclub environment.
With more guys coming along, new ideas are formed and we introduce other gay groups to join us. The Adelaide Leathermen join us a few times a year for a Nude and Leather night which is a mix of guys decked out in leather outfits all the way to guys being completely nude. Soon we’ll be working with local drag queens and having a Nude Drag night where guys can come along in drag makeup and hair but also be completely nude as well!
Organising NGC events and giving guys the opportunity to be nude in our community is such a rewarding experience for us, the guys are always grateful and wanting to help out. Listening to their stories and hearing about their backgrounds makes you realise that we’re all the same underneath, and there is no need to be judgmental about how people look or to be nervous about being nude – everyone should try it!
Looking to the future we will continue to provide a safe place for guys to nude up and hope that anyone travelling to Adelaide will join us to experience what our nude club has to offer.
If you would like to see what events we have coming up, please check out our website .
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The Pocono Eagle lands at GNI 2017
In response to requests for more leather and fetish activities, The Pocono Eagle will land at GNI 2017. The Pocono Eagle will take the fetish activities at GNI to a new level.
There will be Leathermen's Barracks - designated cabins. Basic and advanced sex education classes sponsored by LeatherWerks will be held in The Pocono Eagle Dungeon. When classes are not being held, the Dungeon will be available exclusively for the men housed in the leathermen's barracks. The Dungeon will be open at designated times to leather men who have passed the Dungeon Certification Class. These classes will be offered multiple times during GNI. The setting for the Pocono Eagle will be in and around the I6, I7 and I8 cabins.
Leather cocktails will be a time for all camp participants to enjoy the Pocono Eagle and see and enjoy the Mr GNI Leather and Mr. GNI Bare Bear contestants at the “Meet the Meat” party. The second open party will be the Victory Party for all GNI contest winners will be sponsored by the Pocono Eagle.
In addition to the above parties, you won't want to miss the EDC (Enforced "Dress" Code - Boots required) party and the "Boots, Bourbon and Cigars" party (bring your own "cigar") sponsored by Stompers Boots, Fort Lauderdale Florida.
Make sure you pack your leather boots for The Pocono Eagle 2017. Stay tuned for announcements of the fun to be had at The Pocono Eagle.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Peter Karlovich, Jon Poupore, and Mark Bivings are reelected to the GNI Board of Directors!
Nominations for GNI Board elections closed on March 31, and four (4) candidates filed to contend for one (3) positions on the GNI Board of Directors. After a month of open voting, the polls closed on April 30 and we would like to announce the winners. Returning to the Board to fill a second 3-year term, GNI would like to welcome Peter Karlovich and Jon Poupore back to the Board of Directors. Also filling a one (1) year term, we welcome back Mark Bivings. The position that Mark has been elected to fill will be open for election next year (2018) and the winner will be seated for a three-year term at that time.
Let’s welcome Peter, Jon, and Mark with open arms and offer our full support as they begin to serve GNI for another term. Congratulations, guys!
Taking Photos at The Gathering
GNI has a long and storied history and has seen much change in the past 31 years. Everything from the enactment of laws protecting the LGBT community from discrimination, decriminalization of homosexuality and even same-sex marriage are just a few of the stunning changes we have witnessed. Equally stunning are the changes brought about by technology and social media.
Good or bad, right or wrong, the world moves forward. As an organization, we need to move with it or be left behind. If you are a long-time member of GNI you have seen changes like our new (just released!) website, mobile apps to provide Gathering schedules and info, and new excursions, like white water rafting, incorporated into our events. We are also undergoing a review and revamp of our IT infrastructure which we believe will reduce our costs and streamline registration and check-in/out in the near future.
In the spirit of keeping our organization current, we've sometimes found the need to become more flexible as we look over policies that are at times over 20 years old. One such policy that has not kept up with the times is our Photo Policy. To that end, we have reviewed our policy and practices and have considered updates to these somewhat out-of-date rules.
The GNI Photo Policy was originally crafted when the only way to take a picture was with a bulky, chemical film camera and the only way to take video was with a shoebox-sized recorder. These were before the days of Facebook, Snapchat, “The Selfie,” etc. Today, anyone with a cell phone can easily take photos or hours of video. And at The Gathering, as we provide info and scheduling on a mobile app, it is not unusual to see someone using their phone, so it is virtually impossible to effectively police this. Therefore, we have revised the GNI Photo Policy as follows.
GNI Photo Policy
GNI recognizes that for various reasons certain individuals do not wish to be photographed in the nude or at GNI events. Therefore, the following policy has been adopted by the Board of Directors:
1. Those wishing to not be photographed must indicate so on their registration form. They will be issued a GNI Name Badge that is red, contained in a red holder, or be affixed with a red dot or red stripe (a “Red Tagged Badge”).
2. Photo or videographers must be mindful of members wearing Red Tagged Badges. You may not take their photo without their permission.
3. Photo or videographers must also be mindful of “No Photo” zones that may be posted in certain areas or at certain activities. Taking photos or videos of people in that area is not permitted.
4. Except during certain sanctioned photo opportunities, taking of photos or videos are prohibited at all times in the Dance Club.
5. Red Tagged Badge wearers may not participate in any high-profile contests, shows or activities where the primary activity involves being seen by others in such a way that it is impossible to segregate themselves from non-red-tagged badge wearers (e.g., on stage). If a Red Tagged Badge wearer does participate in such a contest or show, they are giving tacit approval to be photographed.
6. For smaller events and activities, especially those organized around photography, the organizer or facilitator may establish rules specific to that event or activity. Red Tagged Badge wearers should notify the organizer of their Red Tagged status so that they may inform the other participants and ensure that the rules are understood. In any case, it is strongly suggested that photographers proactively seek the consent of participants, regardless of Red Tagged Badge status.
7. Anyone willfully and knowingly violating this policy may be expelled from the event without refund.
We believe this revised policy addresses the important issues of privacy as well as balances the realities of the current state of technology.
We would like to hear your thoughts. Please send any comments or suggestions to Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Help us choose this years' Natural Man Award!
Every year during the Fall / Winter Board meeting, the Board of Directors take nominations of possible candidates for the Murray Kaufman Natural Man Award and votes for the individual that best fulfills the requirements for receiving the award. Nominations are suggested by board members only, but this year, we are desiring to change the nomination process up quite a bit. Rather than relying solely on board members who may or may not know of men who might be deserving of the award, we are asking for *your* help in nominating potential recipients.
The annual award is given for one’s “recognition of his outstanding long term contribution to the growth, achievement, and good fellowship of the gay naturist movement.” Recipients do not have to be members of GNI, nor are they required to attend a Gathering, so keep that in mind if you have any thoughts on whom might be this years’ winner. We’ve have awarded this award to non-GNI members and to men who do not identify as gay, but who’ve still met the award requirements.
If you believe that you know someone who best fulfills the requirements, send an e-mail to the GNI Business Office with the following:
· Name of your nominee.
· Reason for why you are nominating him – what has he done to contribute to the growth, achievement, and fellowship of naturism?
· Any additional details of why your nominee should be considered.
Please submit your e-mail before April 1, 2017 and the board will vote on all submissions after the deadline. Don’t tell your nominee that you’ve suggested he win the award – it’s a surprise! The award winner will be announced at The Gathering on Thursday, August 24, 2017 during the intermission of the Mr. GNI contest. Put some thought to this and let us know by the deadline, and we hope to see you at The Gathering – August 18 – 27, 2017!
By Jon P.
It's happened to all of us at Camp: there's a lecture on the films of Jeanette MacDonald at the same time as a group of guys are getting together for some fun "across the lake" while the Drag Races are just starting. I know you don't always believe us, but we work very hard as we schedule dozens of events. Sometimes (often!) simultaneous events can't be avoided.
What you may not know is that during evening shows in the Auditorium, movies are shown nearby in the Left Dining Hall. If you're looking for some variety in your evening entertainment, stop on over. And bring a pad and some popcorn.
I've tried some interesting themes over the last 7 or 8 years, but for the last three years have been showing newer releases to good success. Each movie usually has a theme relevant to gay men, and if there is nudity involved, all the better. Sometimes there are musicals, oftentimes a foreign-language entry or two, occasionally a hilarious gay romp. But most features are dramas or mysteries culled from the recently burgeoning gay film industry.
I am previewing films all year, looking for titles that will interest as many guys as possible. Two years ago, I showed the amazing Stranger By the Lake, which inspired me to show the profound Tom At the Farm the next year. One night for the last several years has been devoted to the silly, on-line series Where the Bears Are.
This year may include the Korean entry Spa Night. I really loved Closet Monster because I strongly identified with the lead (Connor Jessup from American Crime, Season 2.) I was skeptical about Gerontophilia, but ended up loving it; and I think you will too.
I am always looking for suggestions. Email me here with ideas for specific movies or even themes. Imagine beyond you're own favorites and bring me titles that you think would interest the widest group of men who love movies.