Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Let's Go To Australia

If you haven't heard GNI’s first international event will happen at the spectacular 4-star Turtle Cove Resort in tropical Far North Queensland, Australia February 21-28, 2019.

Turtle Cove is an exclusively gay, nude adult holiday resort located near Cairns on absolute private beach frontage, set amongst unspoiled rainforest overlooking the world famous Great Barrier Reef. It offers the best in privacy, discretion, peace, relaxation, and experience.

This isn't camping.
This is a luxury experience with beautifully appointed rooms, a pool and spa that never close, full bar and quality dining, gymnasium, health spa, library and games room. 

In addition to the naked thrill of a GNI gathering in Australia, there are some fun activities and special events planned. You can dive or snorkel on the adjacent Great Barrier Reef, go sailing at Port Douglas or tour the Daintree Rainforest.
There is also an opportunity to fly down to Sydney for the 2019 Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade – the world’s biggest. Grandstand seating has been secured as well as a kayak trip with Tony Carr on one of Sydney’s beautiful waterways, with a clothing optional Aussie barbecue celebration to follow at Tony's place. It's a fantastic opportunity to experience Australia’s extraordinary sights, wildlife, and vibrant gay culture. And with Tony Carr's local boots on the ground (and everything else), it should be a smooth sailing adventure.

By the way, airfares to Australia have dropped dramatically and the US dollar is very strong against the Australian dollar.
So check out the details on our website at: https://gaynaturists.org/australia/
For registrations, trip itinerary, and rooming details, 
contact Rick Johnson - gni@gaynaturists.org.

For information on Turtle Cove, the Mardi Gras, Tony’s kayaking day and clothing optional barbecue or just to say hi, 
contact Tony Carr - tonycarr@ozemail.com.au

We hope you can join us.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Hashtag Your Way Through Naked Camp



#TheGathering2018

As camp approaches, we want to see your posts about getting ready for, arriving at, and your festivities at camp. Obviously you MUST keep them PG, but why not share the fun with the social media universe? Use the following hashtags on your posts about GNI to join the conversation!
- #GNI
- #GNI2018
- #TheGathering2018

And here are some secondary hashtag ideas as well!
- #MrBareBear
- #MrGNI
- #MissLace
- #PoconoEagle
- #Nudism
- #GayNudism
- #NakedCamp

See you at camp! Less than a week!

Naked Camp Checklist of Things to Consider Bringing

CHECKLIST OF SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING

We suggest that you may want to bring the following items to camp. This list is not all-inclusive and should be used as a suggestion, only. Please feel free to bring what you think you may need or may want to use.

SHIPPING ITEMS TO CAMP


If you would like to ship your items to camp before The Gathering begins, you will find the exact address on the Driving Directions page found in your Confirmation Documents.

CHECKLIST


 Antiseptic
 Athletic Equipment, Tennis Racquet, Volleyball
 Band-Aids
 Beach Towel(s)
 Bedding: Pillow, Blanket, Sheets (for single-size bed)*, Sleeping Bag
 Cabin Decorations / lights
 Clock / Watch
 Condoms & Lube, Personal Sexual Protection
 Costumes for Social Hour Theme Parties
 Drums, if desired, for Campfire Drumming
 Earplugs
 Country’s flag (for International members)
 Flashlight
 Hat
 Item to donate to the NAC Silent Auction
 Insect Spray
 Musical Instrument, if desired
 Personal Medical Supplies (OTC's)
 Poison Ivy medication
 Prescription(s)
 Roller blades
 Soap / shampoo
 Shoes
 Shower Shoes
 Socks
 Snacks
 Sunglasses
 Suntan Lotion, Sun Block
 Talent Show Music & Props
 Towels / Washcloths*
 Tylenol / Aspirin, as appropriate for you
 Tweezers (for splinters)
 Umbrella
 Vaccinations (Hepatitis A / B - tetanus)
* A linen rental package is available for $48.00/set which includes a pillow, pillowcase, flat sheet, fitted sheet, blanket, three towels and two washcloths. We do not have tents and RV's to rent.

How to Bookmark and Access GNI Online Schedule

A simple HOW-TO guide for accessing the GNI Gathering online schedule app/site.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

30 Days and Counting

Letter from the Editor

As August 17 approaches on my seventh year attending The Gathering, I’m vividly remembering my first in 2010. I was kinda scared to death and yet crazy excited. I knew all of two people going to The Gathering - one was my dear friend, Rick, our Executive Director, and the second was a man I met at nudist pool parties in Atlanta. That was it. Out of 500+ men, I knew two.

What ensued for me upon arrival was nothing short of life altering. The men I met every day were incredibly kind. Completely non-judgmental. Many many returning GNI members took me under their wing to ensure I was enjoying the experience. I had the wonderful opportunity to be a volunteer where I ensured we had popcorn popped for the dining hall after the performances. It was a glorious time to be working the popcorn machine (back when we were able to pop fresh popcorn) and soooo many men would stop by to say hello.

The night the disco opened, my cabin-mates and I walked down together to see it. One of my cabin-mates, Ian, nudged me to get on one of the pedestals to dance. I protested, “I don’t know how to dance.” and “Everyone will be watching me.” He encouraged me further by saying, "You will dance up there before this week is out." I don’t have words for how it felt to get up there finally and dance my heart out - free of judgment, full of freedom - amongst the men who just wanted to be themselves.

To bring my journey down memory lane to a close - walk peacefully under the stars at night, hang out by the campfire, go to the disco and dance your heart out, discover the freedom to be yourself…all of this is possible and so much more.

If you’re on the fence about going, take the leap. Listen to your intuition; your body and soul need this experience.  I'm also thrilled to mention that I met my fiance at that first Gathering. We're getting married in Oct. So...ya never know who you'll meet!!

This One Time at Summer Camp...

Camp is 30 days away.

You've checked out the schedule for the social hours, you've heard about yoga, the Pocono Eagle, Mr. GNI, Mr. Bare Bear, Miss Lace, Body Electric, and all the other events at camp...

With so many options for activities to participate in, it might get a bit overwhelming. Here at BuffBuzz, we are here to help! Take a glance at some of the images from years past and see if it's something you're interested in! Make The Gathering the best Summer Camp experience of your life!












Letter from the Assistant Editor...

I'm Chris G. I grew up a dancer. A dancer whose shape and size were not typical. A dancer who was told numerous times he would never succeed or be successful in the dance community because of his weight, yet here I am teaching dance and performing to this day...

It's odd. I'm not only looking forward to The Gathering for the regattas, contests, parties or anything of the sort. I'm looking forward to the introspection that will occur by stripping away that which protects me from the mirrors, clean windows and metallic car doors that show my truest reflection. I've struggled to understand why I couldn't just love my body. And while that question may not be answered 100% at camp, I know that this experience will be one that will allow for that self reflection and self love. Maybe fully, maybe not...but this is more than just a summer camp. It provides for the community a safe space where you come as you are and leave a more humbled version of yourself.

Love your body. Love yourself. Love your friends. Love your enemies. Because in the end, we are all struggling for that one basic need we all share in common: the need and want for love.

I cannot wait to meet as many of you as humanly possible at camp. If you see me, say hi!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Happy Naked Pride!

Photo Courtesy of History.com

In June of 1969, the Stonewall riots in New York launched a powerful worldwide movement establishing June as the official month of Pride but its significance and meaning to the LGBTQIA community has since broadened dramatically. Pride month conjures up images of go-go boys dancing in speedos as floats slowly sail past the throngs of allies and supporters lining city streets for miles on end; drag queens decked in full regalia wearing dresses, eyelashes, high heels, wigs, and feather boas dancing to the tunes of old-school disco; bare chested leather men in harnesses and bare-butt chaps marching in step with their boys, masters, pups, and daddies; and average “guys next door” types with nondescript “dad bods” living a quiet life proudly walking hand-in-hand with their husbands celebrating their marriage that was once forbidden and illegal.

Pride is a microcosm of a much larger and diverse community. But where do naturists fit in? In many festivals, nudity is frowned upon and often enforced with strict anti-nudity legislation. With the exception of a couple of annual events, naturists are not readily accepted into mainstream Pride events. Naturist materials at Pride events are often censored or stored out of public view citing “decency” clauses. The perception that nudity equates to sex is overwhelming in public opinion; naturists are called upon to educate the public - oftentimes mostly of our own community’s gay and bisexual men - in terms that we represent every aspect of society. We *are* like everyone else looking for love and companionship, but we enjoy social and recreational nude activities with other men by proudly participating in local, regional, and national nudist communities, identifying as a “home nudist,” or finding the simple satisfaction of quiet time on nude beaches alone or with friends.

Nudist Pride is about owning who we are. Nudist Pride is about celebrating our diversity as gay, bisexual, and gay-friendly men. Naturists embrace the differences of our various body types, our shapes, and our penis lengths because for naturists, those things are trivial and non-issues. We engage in a much different - dare I say deeper? - level when clothes are cast aside leaving nothing behind but heart-to-heart sharing with each other. Our hearts are touched; our lives are changed; the healing of our self esteems begin; we thrive. We may not be able to dance naked on a float during Pride month in public, but we can rest assured knowing that we belong to a dynamic, growing, visible, and exciting naked community. Celebrate. Be proud. Get naked. Live. Happy Pride!

A Letter from Miss Lace 2017, Iona Mink


GNI Miss Lace 2017, Iona Mink (Photo credit Brian Becnel)

Dear GNI Campers,

I am Iona Mink, your reigning GNI Miss Lace 2017 and I thought I would sit down and tell you all a bit about where Iona came from and what I have been doing since being crowned. Since being crowned Miss Lace I have been very busy promoting GNI whenever I can. I have attended RuPaul’s Drag Con and Bette Midler’s Annual Hulaween Extravaganza.

Attending GNI Gathering is the high point of my year. I look forward to it and start counting days to the next year the day I get back. There is a sense of camaraderie and friendship that is so welcoming. You can do as much as you want or nothing at all and both are good. The first year I attended The Gathering I had just turned 50 and if someone would have told me that I would be dancing buck naked on the center go-go platform in the dance club I would have told them they were crazy!!! Well... that was exactly what happened.

There are several contests and events that you can participate in. There is something for everyone. The contest that spoke to me was Miss Lace. Being a former dancer I was in several productions of La Cage Aux Folles so the Miss Lace Pageant was right up my alley. The first year I competed for the crown it had been 25 years since I was onstage in front of an audience. Nerves were very high but I felt so safe and supported from the other queens and the audience welcomed and cheered me on. It was a moment that I will never forget! It took 3 other times before I took the home the crown. Each time I felt the same love and support.

If there is a queen inside waiting to strut her charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent I say strap on those heels and shashay the runway! Unlike some of the other contests, there is more preparation needed for Miss Lace. You have to pack wigs/dresses/makeup/heels. There is a talent portion to the pageant, which could be anything from lipsyncing to singing live, from doing a dramatic reading to tap dancing.

I love my other title brothers and we always have a good time when we get together.

I look forward to welcoming a new queen to the Miss Lace family. But fear not, Iona Mink is not going anywhere. Who knows you may just see Iona Mink on RuPaul’s Drag Race!!!