On both my “About“ (click to view) page and through my postings here on ReNude Pride, I’ve written extensively of my husband, Aaron, and our lives together. What may, or may not, be known by others is that we are a multiracial couple. Aaron is African-American (black) and I am Greek (white). Race was never an issue for either one of us, nor our families, although we have encountered racism when we first lived together and since we’ve been married.
The National Association of Black and White Men Together (NABWMT) is an organization for black and white same gender loving men (gay) to collaborate in combatting racism and homophobia in the varied aspects of our lives. Not all of the members are biracial couples as single men are likewise welcome. I’m unsure as to the sexual orientation of the entire membership but with my limited interaction with others, I honestly believe the majority are gay or dual gender loving (bisexual).
The Mission Statement of the organization is as follows:
The National Association of Black and White Men Together is a gay, multiracial, multicultural organization committed to fostering supportive environments wherein racial and cultural barriers can be overcome and the goal of human equality realized. To these ends we engage in educational, political, cultural and social activities as a means of dealing with the racism, sexism, homophobia, HIV/AIDS discrimination and other inequalities in our communities and in our lives.
Aaron and I have a “couples membership” and have attended several events sponsored by both the national organization and our local chapter. Due to professional schedules, we aren’t as active as we would both like. That will probably change this year, though. Two naturist/nudist couples that are our friends, and who are also biracial, have just recently joined our local chapter. Maybe we can all lobby together to have some of the social activities designated clothing-optional? If that happens, I know for a fact that Aaron and I will definitely become more active!
The lofty ideals expressed in the Mission Statement of NABWMT (above) are commendable but Aaron and I both strongly feel that the interaction between individuals is the most effective means to combat the racial and cultural differences people. Once two or more people get better acquainted, they can then begin to focus on their similarities rather than their differences. Shared interests build better bridges among people as opposed to using separate bridges to cross the same divide. This helps us all to see our shared humanity and enables us overcome our barriers.
We both hope that others can see the love between us and realize that it is indeed possible for two persons to move beyond their perceived differences and find true love. We want younger same gender loving (gay) men to have us as a role model so that they don’t have to live by the same cultural and racial stereotypes in their search for a spouse.
Secondly, by being honest about our nudity, we want others to realize that is an option they have for their own lives, either singularly or as a couple. Even though NABWMT doesn’t host any bare or clothing-optional socials, we are honest with the other couples that we meet about our naturist/nudist interests. Until very recently, to our knowledge, we were the only couple in the group who enjoyed clothes-freedom. If others are so inclined, we want them to know that we are willing to be a resource to them as well as provide introductions into the gay bare community. Several couples that we have met who expressed an interest in social nudity have joined us occasionally at a few bare events.
And to be honest, there are some that we’ve met who’ve reacted somewhat negatively when we share with them that we are clothes-free enthusiasts. I suppose that some prefer their lives as being uncomfortably clothed!
For those interested in additional information on the National Association of Black and White Men Together, please visit their website by clicking the link below:
“We must not confuse the blood at Calvary with the kool-aid of homophobia.” ~ Cornel West