October: GLBTQ+ History Month!

Celebrate all October!

Background:

In the USA, the month of October, annually, is designated gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer+ (GLBTQ+) history month. A time to focus attention on the accomplishments, achievements and actions of members of the GLBTQ+ communities and culture that have made a constructive and positive difference not only in the USA but also in the world around us.

The concept of GLBTQ+ history month is a recent phenomenon that is both conflicting and controversial. It is opposed by many as being a recruiting tool for a lifestyle that is objectionable based on moral, philosophical and religious reasonings. Centuries of oppression and oversight have resulted in a mainstream general society that continues to ignore a specific segment of the population that it supposedly serves.

The purpose of this post entry for ReNude Pride is to introduce and examine this topic, explain the reasoning for endorsing a GLBTQ+ history month observance and offer resources and references. Hopefully, an unknown aspect of GLBTQ+ history is acquired by all reading/visiting here.

A skinny-dipping pool party, circa mid-1950’s!

Development:

In theory, at least, GLBTQ+ history is as old as the human race and has existed in parallel to society in general. Due to religious and social prejudices, this particular community was regularly oppressed and outlawed (illegal). On a regular basis, this population was ignored and intentionally forgotten. This predicament created a serious paucity of documentation of historical accomplishments and achievements regarding this culture.

Stonewall riots memorabilia!

The enthusiasm and excitement following the Stonewall Inn riots (SIR) on June 28, 1969, convinced some that documentation of events needed to happen. Too often, communities were denied essential elements of their heritage because the society in which they existed made no acknowledgment of any accomplishments of note. Of the emerging gay and lesbian populations, there came individuals who were dedicated to creating archives of what was now happening. Fledgling movements towards historical accumulation began among those witnessing firsthand the growing gay and lesbian freedom and honesty.

Protest power to the people!

In order to have complete equality within our broader society, appreciation and understanding of others must be created. Knowledge must be instilled so future generations can acknowledge and comprehend diversity. This creates an environment of awareness and encourages cultural acceptance and tolerance for all groups.

This is crucial because it celebrates and honours self-affirmation and self-actualization. It strengthens individualism as it increases nonconformity and uniqueness. It promotes social progress through educating people regarding negative social conditions which existed in the past but have since improved. It also directs it is currently necessary to empower equality and development. History is basically the story of the evolution and progress of a community or a culture.

1969 gay rights protest photo!

The USA observance was founded in 1994, by a Missouri high-school (secondary) history teacher named Rodney Wilson. His intent was to provide role models, build community and provide a civil rights statement of the efforts and accomplishments of the GLBTQ+ community and culture. In addition, he sought to establish a space where other educators could use as a resource for instructing youth concerning GLBTQ+ culture, history and community. He realized from his own, experience the serious lack of any available information on the historical accomplishments and contributions of this segment of the population.

Along with Rodney Wilson, the first coordinating committee for the 1994 GLBTQ+ History Month observance included Kevin Jennings of the Gay, Lesbian and Student Educators Network (GLSEN), Kevin Bayer of the Gerber/Hart of the Gay and Lesbian Archives in Chicago, Illinois, Paul Varnell, a journalist with the Windy Times also in Chicago, Torey Wilson, a Chicago area teacher, Johnda Boyce, a women’s studies major at Columbus University in Ohio, and Jessea Greenman of the University of California – Berkeley.

In the USA, GLBTQ+ History Month is endorsed/supported by GLAAD (Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association (NEA), GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Student and Educators Network) and other national organizations.

A GLBTQ+ website was launched in 2006 and is maintained by Equality Forum. Equality Forum is a national GLBTQ+ civil rights organization with a strong educational focus. In addition to GLBTQ+ History Month, it also produces documentary films, sponsors high impact social initiatives and hosts an annual GLBTQ+ civil rights conference.

Logo: 2022 GLBTQ+ History Month!

The website created by the Equality Forum is linked GLBTQ+ History Month. This site features 31 honoured recipients for every year since 2006. Some of the 2022 selected ones are pictured above and all 31 are listed below on the date that they are featured. The website offers a page of information for each one. The site also contains information on ideas for discussion and activities concerning GLBTQ+ culture and history and serves as an excellent resource for educators and others seeking to inform the public about the significance of the GLBTQ+ community.

2022 Featured Recipients:

Hans Christian Anderson, Danish fairy tales author

Robina Asti, transgender rights plaintiff

Richard Avedon, prominent photographer

Ninia Baehr and Genora Dancel, marriage equality pioneers

Sue Bird, WNBA superstar

Victor Blackwell, CNN news anchor

Matt Bomer, actor

Raphael Bostic, Federal Reserve Bank CEO

Jennifer Finney Boylan, author and transgender activist

Kate Brown, Governor of State of Oregon

Nancy Carderas, Mexican writer and activist

Kitty Cone, disability rights activist

Robert Cutler, national security advisor

Andre` de Shields, actor and singer

Lea DeLaria, actor and comedian

Anna Elizabeth Dickinson, 19th century orator

Masha Gessen, Russian-American journalist

Ron Gold, gay pioneer

Radclyffe Hall, British author

Bell Hooks, author and feminist

Jazz Jennings, transgender youth activist

Mondaire Jones, first openly gay African-American congressman

Stephen Lachs, world’s first openly gay judge

Lawrence of Arabia, British military officer

Lance Loud, first openly gay reality TV star

James Merrill, Pulitzer Prize winner poet

Rudolf Nureyev, international ballet star

J. Paul Oetken, openly gay Federal judge

Amy Schneider, Jeopardy game show champion

Amy Walter, political analyst

Alice Wu, film director

Congratulations to all those above for their contributions to our community and culture. Keep with the good work!

Boxer freedom = gay and nude!

Bare Practitioner Encouragement:

It is vitally important for all of us to remember that we are a part of our community and culture’s history. Without our experiences and memories, there would be very little of our shared lives to recount to others coming after us. Whenever possible, let others know of your chapters in our story! Bare practitioners matter!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Monday, October 3, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “Bare Icon!”

Bottoms-Up! September, 2022

September’s bottoms-up! trio!

September is here and in the Southern Hemisphere the Spring season has finally arrived! Here’s to all of our bottoms-up! enthusiasts “down there” who have several seasons to enjoy all the outdoor exposure. Have fun!

Those who live in the Northern Hemisphere, take advantage of the opportunities to view buttocks outdoors now. Colder weather is definitely not too far away!

A bottoms-up! splash!

As both hemispheres are transitioning changes this month, skinny-dipping is an activity that the majority of us enjoy and exposed buttocks are the attraction that keeps us coming back!

Sandy saturated buttocks!

The beach shoreline is almost always coated with a fine collection of sand. As the above image reminds us, sand and buttocks are equally inseparable!

Beach buttocks!

It doesn’t matter if we’re on the beach or inland. Climbing mountains or diving into pools, the attraction to buttocks knows no limitations or restrictions!

Togetherness!

Let’s all join in together and embrace one another and our bottoms-up! anatomy!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry for here is planned for tomorrow, Saturday, October 1, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “October: GLBTQ+ History Month!”

Clothes freedom!

Sunbathe or Sunburn?

Absorbing the sun!

The earth slowly begins the hemispheric shift of the sun’s rays from north to south now. Time to offer a gentle reminder to us all on the value of sunscreen – no matter where we live or what season we’re involved. A little effort enhances the health and safety of ourselves and our skin! A minimum effort now helps to prevent endless pain and suffering (or worse) in the future!

Sunscreen is for everyone!

A common misconception is that sunscreen is only beneficial for light-skinned – Caucasian – people. It has been proven time and time again that sunscreen is essential for all races of humanity. One person’s skin tone does not make her/him immune to skin cancer or skin disease. We are all susceptible and vulnerable, although our individual levels of tolerance may vary.

Applying sunscreen!

Rather than re-enter my current post entry on proper sunscreen use and recommendations again, I’m linking that posting here. To access, click to following title and review and refresh knowledge and memory:

ReNude Pride Act for Skin!

Sunscreen is needed when skinny-dipping!

One common myth that persists about sunscreen use is that it is only needed to be applied during the summer. The proven medical and scientific determination is that sunscreen is vital whenever we are exposed to the sun’s rays, no matter the season of the year. The radiation intensity of sunlight occurs all year long.

Living in the east coast mid-Atlantic region of the USA, Aaron and I are sunscreen users when in winter as well as summer. Our skin quality deserves more than just a summertime attention!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Friday, September 30, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “Bottoms-Up! September, 2022.”

Balcony: #2!

Balcony welcome!

Southern Hemisphere: The Warming Season Returns!

Congratulations to everyone living in the Southern Hemisphere! Your time for the warmth of the sunshine and the agreeable outdoor weather temperatures has now begun! Strip off all those burdensome clothing items and greet the day with both joy and pride.

We bare practitioners know all-too-well the splendour that awaits you in the upcoming seasons. Survey your balcony as you plan on how you’ll decorate the space this time of year. Enjoy your naked freedom!

A balcony profile!

This is the first day of the new season so bask away in anticipation. You’ve waited for this day to arrive so make certain you appreciate every moment given to you! Trust me, the time passes-by all-too-quickly!

Relax and enjoy your new season and day!

You have the entire season ahead of you – just remember not to waste any time dressed in clothing or worrying about that others may think of your nakedness or your sexuality. Be proud! Be yourself! Be happy!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry for here is planned for Monday, September 26, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “Sunbathe or Sunburn?”

Balcony: #1!

Balcony stroll!

Northern Hemisphere: Last Full Day of Summer, 2022!

The dreaded day is now upon us – tomorrow, September 23, – the Autumn season begins. Of course, we all know, from our experience, that this is not the exact last day that we’ll be able to parade about clothes free outside. The outdoor temperature change doesn’t occur overnight!

A balcony gives us a view of the outdoors and a space to “test” ourselves to the natural temperatures: cold or hot, comfortable or uncomfortable. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, this time of the year gives us a balcony area that has a very cozy, personal and “lived-in” look. We’ve had an entire season to accumulate and decorate!

The scene from his balcony!

Today is the last complete day of the season of summer, in the Northern Hemisphere. Tomorrow, the season officially changes. Here’s hoping everyone enjoys the last full day of summer! Pose as a very proud bare practitioner and take a selfie to document the occasion!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry for here is planned for tomorrow, Friday, September 23, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “Balcony #2!”

Requiescat In Pace, Your Majesty!

Queen Elizabeth II

Rest In Peace, Your Majesty

Born: April 21, 1926

Ascended Throne: February 6, 1952

Coronation: June 2, 1953

Died: September 8, 2022

Funeral and Burial: September 19, 2022

A pause in memory of the late Queen!

God Save the Queen!

God save our gracious Queen,

Long live our noble Queen,

God save the Queen!

Send her victorious,

Happy and glorious,

Long to reign over us,

God save the Queen!

Thy choicest gifts in store,

On her be pleased to pour,

Long may she reign!

May she defend our laws,

And ever give us cause,

To sing with heart and voice,

God save the Queen!

Queen Head of Commonwealth Defender of Faith

Mother Grandmother Great-Grandmother

Her Majesty did indeed have a long reign and a fulfilled life of both triumph and tragedy, happiness and sorrow. She served with honour and splendour.

Naked hugs!

Aaron Michael Peterson-Poladopoulos and Roger Peterson-Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Thursday, September 22, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “Balconies #1!”

Footnote Friday: News!

Footnote Friday!

Introduction explanation:

The term “Friday Footnote” confuses some people. Please don’t be misled. I am not endorsing a “foot fetish” obsession – nor am I condemning one! A “footnote” is a brief notice or explanation for clarification. To enhance comprehension and understanding of the subject material. Our man above is ReNude Pride’s visual indication of a footnote.

The latest updates…!

In my posting earlier this month, September: New Beginnings, (click title to view) I presumed that everyone understood the correlation between January 1, and September 1. A “new beginning” isn’t really happening just because it is the start of another month and another calendar season. However, as early as we are into the current month, “new” has already enveloped us. The most obvious being the ascension of Charles III as the Head of Commonwealth on the death of his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Another event happened to me, personally, just this past week! A most welcome occurrence!

Friends reunited!

Role-model reunion:

Returning to my classroom after the Labor Day holiday (Monday, September 5), I was totally surprised and thrilled to receive a response from one of my oldest (acquaintance wise) blogging buddies with the accurate and current address of his blog! This lifted my spirits after the day off and made me excited about this long overdue reunion!

His new site is: Gaytekeeper’s Blog. Click on the title and visit the blog. He is very impressive and will keep you entertained, informed and current!

Addendum:

I appreciate everyone who corrected my connectivity link above. It was a typographical error on my part. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience!

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Farewell, Summer, 2022!

Get-Away goodbye!

In the Northern Hemisphere, this approaching weekend is the final official one of the Summer of 2022. The season of fun, surf and sun will – within a few short days – disappear as autumn brings a chill into our lives.

Aaron and I are on the roadways away beginning today (early in the morning). This is our bidding farewell to the season and to the comfortable temperatures outside. We have no definitive destination for our weekend jaunt although an ocean and waves are always appealing!

This is our tribute to the summer of 2022 – our method of saying “thank you” and good-bye” as the season draws to a close. It was both fun and remarkable, a combination that unfortunately doesn’t happen to often recently.

I wish to everyone reading and/or visiting here the best for the weekend! Be careful and safe!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry for here is planned for Monday, September 19, 2022, and the proposed topic is a brief tribute on the funeral and burial of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

TIPS*!

Nature men at the nature trail entrance!

* = Totally Inspirational Photo Suggestions!

When Roger, my spouse, invited me to write another post for here, I knew immediately the topic that I wanted to address: a title page for a bare practitioners photo album. One that will prepare whoever is preparing to turn the page for whatever amount of bare bodies they are about to encounter! These are my ideas on some ideal eye-opening and tasteful images to employ!

The photograph (above) shows a group of nature (naked, natural) men congregating under a sign labeled: The Trails. Obviously, the entrance to a park nature trail. And all the men are identical (completely bare) and ready to explore nature naturally! The sign and the crew set the mood for what the album features: bare practitioners having fun, together!

The use of signage is always a good tool to convey meaning and content. Placing it on the title page of a photo album lets the viewers know what is following.

Same entrance, different view!

Sometimes, it isn’t always necessary to offer the humanity of us bare practitioners along with the signage. The offering below shows exactly what I mean!

Sign of caution at a clothing optional beach!

The simple wordage on the above sign makes sure all viewing the title page know what is pictured in this particular album – continue to peruse if you dare! What lies ahead is fully explained to everyone!

The simpler the message, the clearer the understanding!

With some signs, no detail is subject to confusion or misunderstanding. The above sample for the title page let’s everyone know for a fact that the album’s creator/owner is both without clothing and shame!

Justification!

The facts are displayed in full view and no more explanation is expected or needed. All of us like to feel comfortable – either individually or as a group effort!

Bare is fun for everyone!

A “fun and games” activity can be a fun game for everyone: observers as well as participants. Many of those watching secretly wish they had the courage to take off their clothes and join in the festivities. This subtle suggestion can offer a topic for all of those looking through the photograph album to explore!

Sunbathing!

Enjoying the sunshine on a summer day is a pleasant way to explore the benefit of nudity, especially when shared with a friend who gives support and has no qualms about being publicly naked. Sharing pictures such as this on the title page of a book of images is a reminder to others to try the same!

A bare cookout can be very appealing!

Food is another suggestion that can not only remind others of what lies ahead in the album but also capture the fun of clothes freedom and the experiences it provides. Some folks fail to recognize that clothing isn’t necessary to live life successfully!

Social issues!

A social concern expressed on the title page of a picture album – one that is freely shared with others – is a good method of making acquaintances and friends aware of some of the concerns facing our community and culture. It’s often a good way to educate others of our social issues that we have to face daily!

Nude photographer and nude subject: a perfect pair!

Another great title page example is one featuring a bare practitioner cameraman capturing a bare practitioner model. Our comfort with our nakedness is one of the many reasons most of us maintain a naked photograph album. The old saying: “a picture speaks a thousand words” is proven again to be true and valid!

The underlying purpose for this entry and the images here is to offer ideas and suggestions for everyone’s creative designs. Use the ones here or make your own. The important message is to inform all viewing your album’s title page is that full nakedness lies ahead!

Naked hugs!

Me recovering after posting this article!

Aaron Michael Peterson-Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: First, I want to thank Aaron for his composition of the above post entry here. Love you, man! The next article for here is planned for Friday, September 16, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “Footnote Friday: News!”

Words of Wisdom!

A point to ponder!

An observation from Dale Carnegie (above) that is valuable to practice and to remember. The majority of us can benefit from his insight. Patience, tolerance and understanding are assets often forgotten if not completely ignored.

A valid hope for a better future!
An achievement goal from Nelson Mandela!

Hope is justified when we look and move forward in our lives. Fear is nothing more than an alien excuse for compliance and inaction!

Nothing to fear!
Reality and truth!

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Monday, September 12, 2022, and the proposed topic is a promised posting by my spouse, Aaron, entitled: “TIPS!”

In Sympathy…

Her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

I just received a text from my spouse, Aaron, announcing the death of H. M. Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth. Aaron is a Canadian subject and has always admitted admiration for the late Queen. At this time, I submit my condolences and sympathy to all those of the Commonwealth.

This year was the Queen’s Platinum anniversary – 70 years as the Sovereign. She was the only monarch I’ve ever known.

May she rest in peace.

Naked hugs.

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride