The month of June is known to many as pride month. Truth be told, I am proud every month, every week, and every day of the year. I am a proud gay man, a proud naturist, a proud Canadian, and a proud Kingstonian. And I was very proud to represent and promote GNI and The Gathering at Kingston's Annual Pride Festival on a beautiful sunny Saturday, June 15th, 2019.
While I was unable to be completely naked at Kingston Pride (rules, rules, rules), my scantily clad wardrobe and a large Naked Camp poster, nonetheless, drew plenty of attention. Additionally, a few hundred postcard marketing materials, with full frontal nudity (thank you to Gene Evangelist for designing these eye-catching cards for me) were distributed to men (and some women!!??) who were intrigued by our Naked Camp event. In just a few short hours, I talked up GNI and The Gathering to dozens and dozens of people who wanted to learn more. There is no question that The Gathering is very unique, and no other event even comes close to what The Gathering has to offer. Speaking to so many people about The Gathering further elevated my excitement and enthusiasm, more so because I realized that The Gathering was just two months away!! Clearly, this excitement and enthusiasm made a good impression on those with whom I made contact. It was truly an honour and privilege to represent GNI at our local Pride festival.
Other exciting naked events I participated in this past June was the Toronto World Naked Bike Ride on June 8th, where I rode my bike through the streets of Toronto. On June 23, I marched in the Toronto Pride Parade with the TNTMEN (Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity) naturist group. Both events were experiences that left me with a profound sense of pride and gratitude. I certainly plan to experience many more events like this in the years to come.
I wish you all a great and safe summer and I look forward to seeing you at The Gathering in August.