Black and White Men Together

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!

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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:

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“We must not confuse the blood at Calvary with the kool-aid of homophobia.”  ~ Cornel West

Naked hugs!

Roger/ReNude Pride

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Black and White Men Together”

    1. Good question. Yes, we’ve experienced discrimination as a couple. Whether it’s because we’re a same gender couple or a mixed-race couple, we have no way of knowing. Or, it could perhaps be a combination of both racism and homophobia. Or, it could even be because I’m Deaf and Aaron and I communicate via sign language. Bigotry comes in all shapes and forms of phobias. Usually if a person is hateful it’s based on a number of prejudices. Good question! I hope I answered it for you. Naked hugs!

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  1. This is beautiful Roger (and Aaron). I believe love does not care about sex, color or any other factor. Whatever the color and the sexual orientation, we are all human beings and this is what matters. On the clothing optional piece, I think, nudists are a minority and because nudity and sex are generally tied together, people frowned at it. We need to raise awareness, explain and share, facing being frowned-upon. I am straight, and some of my friends would never ever get naked in front of me, although, I am generally as soon as weather permits, if they are OK with it, which most are. Personal choice is personal and your story is just beautiful and reminds me of the incredible diversity of mankind. Continue being who you are and making people aware of the wonderful benefits of naturism. Naked hugs too! 🙂

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  2. I had not one idea there was in an entire National Association of Black and White Men Together, that’s impressive as hell. I am quite fascinated by the dynamics of your relationship for NO other reason than because I’m a little nosy. When you add the complexity of being a SGL couple, with the racial dynamic and the fact that you’re deaf, I think that makes for such an interesting and unique journey of love.

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    1. I agree that it is unique and I concur that it is very interesting. Never a dull moment in that department, my friend and fellow blogger. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment here. As always, naked hugs!

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  3. Just found your blog and am interested to say the least. I’m an interpreter (ASL), white (~Polish), and a nudist. My partner is African American, a published writer/historian w/a book under contract, and a semi-nudist. We’re both hearing, male, & bi-lingual in spoken languages. He’s pitch-perfect and musical. I’m tone-deaf and arhythmic. I’m also a member of one of your bare blogging crew groups; in fact, I’m attending an event tomorrow.
    As you might imagine, I’m bursting with questions and comments, but perhaps it’s best to hold off until I’ve read through your posts:-)

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    1. Sorry for the delayed response but we were away celebrating our second anniversary. I’m glad that you found ReNude Pride and feel free to use the “Contact Me” page to send an email or post on any comments section. Take care and stay bare!

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