Wednesday, July 8, 2020

GNI Memorial Book



Each year at our annual Gathering, we hold a short memorial service to remember our brothers who have passed away. We’ve been curating names and head shots of men since the 1990’s in the GNI Memorial Book; our memorial book has become a wonderful and solemn way to pay our respects to those we’ve lost over the years. 


But we need your help. The only way that we can update our records and add names to our memorial book is if family or friends let us know of anyone who’s departed. This is where you come in. 

If you know of any GNI member, past or present, who is deceased, please drop an e-mail to the GNI Business Office with his name. If you have his obituary or any photos of him, you’re welcome to send that as well. Or you may be so inspired to write your own tribute. That’s perfectly fine as well. We’ll update our database and create a page exclusively for him in our memorial book. Don’t assume we have his information on file; you’ll be surprised how many men we’ve missed. 

For security and privacy, we do not publish any names on the internet or on our website; the only place anyone will see this information is if he attends The GNI Gathering in August. Our memorial book is on display throughout the week and is used during the formal memorial service, and then it is safely stored in the office until the following year. 

Please help us maintain our memorial book by letting us know if you have a family member or friend who once belonged to GNI. You can e-mail the Business Office at gni@gaynaturists.org with his information. Thank you in advance for any leads you can offer. Stay safe and we hope to see (all of) you next year!

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

GNI Watch Parties in July


GNI, and our movie manager, Jon, are teaming up to bring movies to you this summer. Over the next four (4) weeks on Friday evening, we will be hosting Movie Watch Parties for you and your friends.

Description of the parties:
Pride celebrations may not be at their usual strength, but we can get together to watch some movies that celebrate our strengths and connections. You must have a Netflix account to view our selected movies.

Our Netflix Watch Party is a weekly event every Friday at 9 pm EDT (UTC -4). We hope that men across the globe will join us, but timings are mostly designed for those living in the U.S. and Canada.

How to sign up:

Fill out your contact information below. We’ll respond and send you the details of the movie, and URL needed to join the party. 

Please check your spam or junk mail file if you don’t receive a message in your inbox.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Basic watch party things:

• Understandably, sometimes technology fails. GNI is not responsible for connectivity or Netflix performance issues. Please be respectful if you experience technological issues.  
   Netflix is a registered trademark of Netflix, Inc. GNI is not affiliated with Netflix and only refers to the brand to promote their online watch parties.
• Be aware there is always the possibility for 3rd party hackers or members to illegally record or photograph their screen. GNI intends to maintain the privacy of the individuals who participate in our Mingle parties, but cannot guarantee such privacy. GNI shall not be held liable, and is hereby released from liability, for any violation of its privacy policy by participants in any of our online parties. Liability for any such violation shall rest solely with the person committing the violation.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Please read about a new anti-racism initiative led by Jon P to start in July

Hello, men.  Hello, Gay men.  Hello, naked Gay men! This post is for men of all colors, but specifically an invitation to men like myself, namely, White Gay men who want to work to eliminate racism. ELIMINATE racism? Pretty tall order, right? It definitely is but every bit of thought and care that you put into that effort makes a difference. It may be uncomfortable to consider gathering together as White men and I understand that. But that discomfort is part of the very reason I am doing this, namely, to examine our role in a system that is built on the oppression of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.)


And I want you to join me for a weekly Zoom gathering where we as GNIers look at racism in our lives, at the systemic nature of racism surrounding and hurting all of us, and create ways to think better about all people (yes, that includes thinking better about ourselves as White men.)


We will meet for four consecutive Saturdays for one hour (longer if the turnout necessitates).  After the four weeks we will collectively decide what the next phase looks like. You don’t need to bring anything other than yourself exactly as you are. There won’t be “homework” but we might find ways to keep in better touch with each other as we look at the ways we feel separated from others, whether that be our families of birth, our families of choice, our Gay brothers, or our Brothers of Color.  Dave B will be assisting me.


Here is the link to information on the first four gatherings


It would be great if you could join us for all four, but do your best. Know that you’re welcome at all times. Please join at least 15 minutes early to manage any technical issues.  By now most of us are getting adept at Zoom, but if you haven’t used it yet, please reach out to me and I’ll be happy to run you through some basics.  We’ll take about an hour each time (trust me, it’ll feel like too short a time) and there will be many opportunities to comment, perhaps speak, and spend some time in small groups (Yikes! Lol)  


Whether you’ve never thought about this, feel like you really need to “do something about this,” or are already an experienced activist, we want all of you. We’re going to learn how to be better listeners and how to get closer to each other.  This is challenging but together we'll pause, reflect, play, and renew our commitments to each other as we work to change ourselves, GNI, and the world.


--Jon P


    


Monday, June 15, 2020

GNI's Virtual Mingle Parties continue to be a Big Success

GNI Mingle is a weekly event held most Thursdays at 7 pm EDT (UTC -4) where guys come together to stay connected, enjoy nudism and keep the spirit of bonding through these socially isolating times.

We have a dedicated webpage to find out about the latest GNI Mingle events and to register for it.  Bookmak this link and check it at the beginning of every week to see if a GNI Mingle is being held.





Do you have an idea that you would like to share with others in one of our Mingle parties? If so, let us know! Complete the form below and we’ll be in contact with you to discuss your idea.

Use this form to send us your Mingle suggestion: Mingle Topic

Mingle Party Guidelines:

• All Mingles are nude (medical exceptions, allowed)
• All Mingles are nonsexual
• All Mingles are free (no-charge) to participants
• All Mingles are free of advertising – promotion of goods and services may be referenced at the end of the party
• All Mingles are designed to avoid highly controversial topics – religion, politics, conspiracy theories, etc.

Basic rules / etiquette for the room:

• Video and audio must be on
• All participants must be 21 or older
• This is a non sexual, social nudist event
• Be kind to each other – violators will be removed
• Be aware there is always the possibility for 3rd party hackers or members to illegally record or photograph their screen. GNI intends to maintain the privacy of the individuals who participate in our Mingle parties, but cannot guarantee such privacy. GNI shall not be held liable, and is hereby released from liability, for any violation of its privacy policy by participants in any of our online parties. Liability for any such violation shall rest solely with the person committing the violation.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Monday, May 25, 2020

Due to COVID-19 GNI Gathering 2020 has been Cancelled


As the world continues to be impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, our hearts go out to all who've been affected - their family, their friends, and their loved ones. No longer are there just anonymous numbers being reported daily; numbers have become the names of people we know and love. At the onset of the pandemic, GNI assured everyone that our first priority and responsibility during this time is for the health and safety of our members and Gathering attendees. Our commitment holds true to that promise today.

Over the past few months, GNI has been closely monitoring governmental authorities with the situation of COVID-19 and have been in lengthy talks with the camp. After much consideration, we have made the decision to cancel this year's event in August.

All confirmed registrants will receive a full refund; no cancellation fees will be withheld. If you've paid by credit card, your refund will appear on your bank statement within 3-5 business days after we start to process cancellations. If you paid by check or money order, your refund will be mailed to you within 10-15 business days.

GNI will take this year off to ensure the health and well-being of everyone and will reorganize our 35th Anniversary celebration next year. Keep the dates in your calendar: August 20 - 29, 2021.

Wishing you the best of health. Until next year.

Gay Naturists International


~ May 22, 2020



Monday, May 4, 2020

Where can I find places to be nude?


Where can I find places to be nude? That is a question I constantly get asked. There are a lot of things to do on meetup.com, however, you have to sift through all the others to find the nude centric events. And it’s not always about events. What if you want a naked getaway like what nude gay adventures offers or a nudist resort destination? Many nudist resort or group sites have their page with only a few links. It is all sort of disjointed and not very reliable.

Out of this shortfall, nudecentre.com was founded. A single source for great events like gaynaturists.org, groups, and organisations that may otherwise not have the means to be seen. The nude centre offers a forum or anyone to post about anything nudism related. We also have our weekly online events and soon to be real-life events.

One day we will have a physical space where groups can meet and hold events in a safe place without the worry of other groups at the event space being “shocked by the nudity” or being turned down by the booking department for being a “sexual event” Those have both happened to me.

I love supporting the nudist culture and naturist businesses. Nudism really is where my passion is. We all need to work together to promote nudity and push it into the light. Little by little, we can normalise what we do and make it not a taboo. It will take more of us having events, creating organisations, and promoting our lifestyle among the clothed. We are part of a movement to change the world, even in a small way.

About the author:
Shai Long is a nudist, graphic designer, marketer and event planner. Originally from England, now based in New York City since 2014.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Our Next GNI Mingle is Thursday April 30th, 2020

Join Trixie May in a fun cocktail hour full of banter and laughs. Grab a drink and drop your clothes for this engaging event.

A new gni mingle with a new host every week same time same place.

Zoom Video Link:

Thursday April 30th, 2020
7 pm EST USA

Meeting ID: 849 8572 9329
Password: 162338

Hope to see you in there!

Fighting The Penis Taboo

This short film does a great job of looking at the Penis Taboo!



Tuesday, April 21, 2020

GNI on Social Media

GNI has a great presence on social media platforms.  Here's a summary:

This site, BuffBuzz is our blogger site, where we publish articles and informational material about GNI and male social nudity in general.  At one time we published a newsletter called the The GNI Informer, which then became The GNI E-former, and this blog is an incarnation of that format.  We can feature full frontal nudity pictures here.

On Facebook, we have a general information page that is open to the public.  The postings here are always G-rated and are informational only.


Also, on Facebook, we have a private Facebook group that you must ask to join.  Once approved, the fact that you are in this group will not appear on your Facebook profile.  This group is PG-13 rated.  It is a very active, and is a great place to meet other guys and chat, or ask questions about GNI and social nudity in general.   Many guys post their selfies, and sometimes feature tasteful backside nudity only.    Posts and pictures are highly moderated so anything that falls outside of PG-13, or in any way is rude or disrespectful is quickly removed.


Instagram is a popular social media site that caters to picture lovers and short videos, designed for minimal interaction. Postings may include tasteful backsides, but otherwise Instagram is heavily moderated to be family friendly.


Twitter is a social media site that caters to short text and pictures that is designed for lots of interaction.  For the most part, Twitter can operate at an R or even X rating, and has largely taken over the Tumblr crowd in the last year.


MeWe is a newer social media site that has a small but loyal base.  Think of it like Facebook (since it has lots of the same features) but without moderation.   It has attracted lots of nudists who can post naked selfies without concern.  It has a fair amount of interaction, but it divides itself into group posts and a chat feed which some find confusing.



Finally, we have a few videos posted on Vimeo, a video sharing site.







Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Survey - GNI Wants to hear from you!

GNI wants your feedback about this blog.

Your feedback will help make this blog better



GNI Board President Comments on COVID-19.

The GNI Board president, Nick R. has recorded this video about GNI's latest response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).





GNI Offering Virtual Meet-Ups!


To help all of us feel connected in these quarantined times, GNI has started offering virtual naked meet-ups recently.  



Called "GNI Mingle", these meet-ups have proven to be very popular and allows you to connect with like minded naturists from the safety of your own home.

We publicize these through our email list, and on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.





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Our next scheduled GNI Mingle is scheduled for Thursday April 16, 2020.  

Share an evening of music. Play or listen.  Feel free to bring to the group something you've been working on, a song, a piano piece, or some instrumental solo.  All styles welcome, from pop to jazz to classical. 

It will be a naked night of music and togetherness!


All GNI members, Facebook friends and followers of GNI are welcome!



Thursday,  16 April 2020


7 pm Eastern USA


Connect on Zoom to join.


Meeting ID: 984 8497 8940

Hope to see you in there!

Gay Naturists International (GNI) Mingle





Friday, March 13, 2020

A Message from GNI about COVID-19





An Important Message from Gay Naturists International (GNI)

The world is grappling with an issue of enormous scale and human impact, and our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). GNI believes it is our role and responsibility during this time to prioritize two things: the health and well-being of our members and Gathering attendees while also playing a constructive role in supporting local health and government officials as they work to contain the virus. To that end, we would like to make a formal announcement:

Gay Naturists International (GNI's) 35th Anniversary Gathering - GNI's Naked Camp - will take place as planned August 21-30, 2020 in eastern Pennsylvania. GNI is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of attendees in light of concerns about COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus.

We are closely monitoring developments and staying abreast of updates from health organizations responsible for tracking and responding to the virus, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), European Centre fo r Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Australian Department of Health.

GNI is prepared to rapidly respond to any issues prior to our event and provide assistance as the need arises before August 21. We are taking the following actions to prepare:
  • Adhering to all guidance and recommended safety measures issued by the WHO, CDC, the Pennsylvania Department of Health Services, and local health organizations.
  • Working with the Gathering's venue to coordinate appropriate safety procedures.
  • Following CDC recommendations and protocols for heightened cleanliness at event facilities, including increasing the number of hand sanitizing stations located throughout the venue.
  • Actively encouraging attendees to take common-sense precautions and follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of illness.
GNI is taking COVID-19 very seriously and is fully engaged and prepared to host a successful 35thAnniversary Gathering.

While no one can predict with certainty how severe the impact of coronavirus will be in five months, we will be constantly monitoring the situation. We encourage attendees to visit the CDC website and government websites of their own country for additional information and follow the WHO's Travel Advice as they consider their travel arrangements, as well as its recommendations for prote cting themselves. In addition, we will be closely monitoring all travel alerts issued by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the coming months, if any.

Thank you for being a loyal member and supporter of GNI. It is our intent to remain transparent, providing the latest information from GNI here. We're very grateful for your ongoing support and look forward to seeing you in August.






Tuesday, March 10, 2020

2020 Social Hour Themes at GNI's Naked Camp






GNI is happy to announce our social hour themes for our 2020 Gathering! 

Friday – Legally Nude


Saturday – The Wonderful World of Wigs Masquerade


Sunday – 1985: Back to the Future


Monday – Naked Catwalk


Tuesday – A Proper Afternoon Tea (Dance) – Don Your Disco Balls


Wednesday – Regal Red and Glitzy Gold


Thursday – Fifty Shades of Black

 Friday – Emerald Party


Saturday - Animal Husbandry


Thanks to Kevin Acorace who offered the winning suggestion, he will receive a complimentary annual membership. 

Registration is open and prices are discounted with our Early Bird rates through April 30, 2020, but don't wait to register, we are planning on selling out next year!

August 21 - 30, 2020 with shorter attendance options available. Visit us online for information about our Gathering and more at GayNaturists.org


Paul Leppla Shares His GNI Experience

I went to GNI for the first time in 2006 and went several times in the following years. It was a very liberating time for me and was great to be with fellow nudists. 

Paul enjoying a themed social party
My husband and I are tent campers, but we have an assigned cabin and bunk available too. Most do not tent camp.  The weather at times in the Poconos is wet and you might be glad you have a dry area!  Our assigned cabin is where we shower.

The food is typical camp style with volunteers helping in the food serving building.... along with the camp employees. 

You can do many activities listed on the schedule, or you can do nothing but enjoy the pools and the climate.  I feel the activities are so many it is wise to choose carefully, or you might need a vacation from it all!

The dance hall is an evening highlight as are nearby cabin parties....
The music dance hall music is very good and there is a "theme" for the week.

Several groups/cabins have afternoon open house for all to enjoy. One is a salsa party. The "Bears" have a pool party which is always a lot of fun.

Beer, soda, & water is provided in the camp coolers by the lunchroom area.  Late afternoon cocktail party near the lake or gym (if raining) is where you can get a beer, wine or soda (diet or regular).

This daily party usually has a theme for the day where all the creative gay genes come alive.

Paul (right)
with his husband, Bill (left)
Sports activities are always going on at the sports fields and several workshops in the various cabins and gym.  Learning how to give a massage comes to mind!   Oil wrestling is always popular.

As the days go on, the larger theater/meeting area there is entertainment and various talent contests. This happens in the evening.  In one of the dining halls there is usually a gay theme movie with popcorn!

Across the lake is another “play area” that you might want to check out.... again, across the lake!

You will meet many nice people from all over the country and the world.  I recommend going.

--Paul Leppla, Dayton, Ohio

Sunday, February 23, 2020

GNI Announces Mark Branson as Mr GNI Leather 2019

It is our pleasure to introduce Mark Branson as Mr GNI Leather 2019.  Jordan Tower has done a great job promoting GNI to the leather community.  Due to personal and professional challenges, Jordan is unable to continue in the role of Mr GNI Leather.  Mark has accepted the title and will represent GNI at International Mr Leather and International Mr Boot Black competition in Chicago in May.


Join us in celebrating GNI and to welcome Mark Branson as Mr GNI Leather at GNI Pocono Eagle’s Bourbon, Cigar and Boots party in Fort Lauderdale at LeatherWerks on March 6.  Tickets can be purchased at poconoeagle.eventbrite.com.


GNI Board Elections



The GNI Board Needs You!


GNI thrives on the work of its volunteers, whether it is a couple of hours at The Gathering, hosting an evenings' entertainment, serving on a committee or on the Board of Directors. All of these volunteer positions represent a commitment to the success of GNI and our annual events. One way of giving back is to serve as a GNI Board member. Board members are crucial to GNI's success. Besides their work related to our annual events, they are the glue that keeps GNI working from year to year. The GNI Board has five members with staggered, three-year terms. In 2020, two (2) Board positions will be up for election. These positions will serve a three (3) year term beginning at the end of The Gathering in August. 

If you have ever thought of joining the Board, now is the time! Don't assume that we already have enough candidates to fill these two spots. GNI benefits when there is a competitive election, so throw your name into the hat! 

The qualifications of candidates for Board membership include:

     1. Membership in good standing for at least one year.
     2. Must have attended at least one (1) GNI Gathering, NakedFest, or Australia event.
     3. Must have shown active participation in advancing the vision and mission of GNI through volunteer and/or committee work to benefit the organization, active participation in GNI-sponsored events and/or other evidence of the promotion of gay naturism.

Board members serve a term of three (3) years. Responsibilities of Board members include:

     1. A three-day, mid-winter meeting usually held in late October / early November.
     2. Membership and active participation in one or more committees.
     3. Availability for Board meetings prior to and during The Gathering, NakedFest and/or Australia.
     4. Tasks and responsibilities during and after The Gathering, NakedFest, and/or Australia.
     5. Monthly board teleconference calls. 
     6. Reliable e-mail, Internet, and mobile phone service (text capable).

While there is a significant commitment of time and energy, there are many rewards in working with a dedicated group of individuals who have the health and welfare of GNI in their hearts and minds.

Do you have questions? Contact GNI at gni@gaynaturists.org.

If you are interested in running, e-mail the following to the Business Office (gni@gaynaturists.org), by April 1, 2020:

     1. A short biography indicating your reasons for running for the Board, and
     2. A shirtless headshot (or indicate that your profile picture in the GNI member directory is sufficient).

Or mail to (must be postmarked by April 1):

GNI Elections
5175 W Ajo Hwy #A-14
Tucson AZ 85735-9723 / USA


Your electronic ballot will be available by mid-April and will be due June 1, 2020. Our voting is done by e-ballot, so please check to make sure that your GNI profile and e-mail address are up-to-date, you've added GAYNATURISTS.ORG and gni@memberclicks-mail.net to your safe senders list, and your spam filters allow electronic communications from GNI. Only GNI members in good standing at the time of the election are eligible to vote so be sure to keep your membership active and don't let it lapse.

Results of the election will be announced shortly after June 1.

GNI Election Committee
Gay Naturists International (GNI)
"Life is Great; Live it Nude!"



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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Stats from the 2019 Gathering


Here are some interesting numbers from our 34th Naked Camp Gathering that took place from August 16th - 25th in the Pocono Mountains of Eastern Pennsylvania:



  • There were 630 attendees during the course of week.
  • There 226 first timers
  • The average age was 55 years
  • 580 are OK with their picture being taken
  • There were 65 vegetarian / vegan / gluten-free
  • We drank almost 260 cases of beer & 100 cases of wine
  • The largest group arriving was on opening Friday with 300 men






The 2019 Gathering Hangover, from Rick Bach, Mr. GNI 2018

The Gathering Hangover, nothing to do with alcohol.

There's no way that you can go back to your outer world without a wonderful residue from the Gathering.

Driving home from the Gathering silently for hours, was drifting in and out of moments from the week. The realization arose that the last week was the happiest week of my year, no question man.

We spent our time together in community and camaraderie that seeps in without warning. The safeness of a level playing field with absolutely no judgement allowed our freak flag to fly. For most, a time like no other. Icing on that cake is the new individual connections/friendships we'll have as long as we feed them.

Then the awareness appeared of what we don't have . . . 
In seven Gatherings attended, never heard a verbal or saw a physical altercation. No thievery or such from our outer world,if you would. Could have happened of course, but never experienced here. Seems that we've got a bit of a utopian society cooking.

On that note, how about a permanent year round complex somewhere in the sun in addition to the Gathering? A place based on the philosophies GNI's Gathering, where one could visit short term, live long term or swap out with others? Let your thoughts be known if you can help to make it happen.

Let's continue and expand Gay Naturists International  for generations to come. An ideal way to live.

CONGRATS to Gerald Knott, Mr. GNI 2019.
Well deserved. 
Long live the Queen, he said lovingly.
 
Cheers Gentlemen,
Rick Bach 
Mr. GNI 2018