Enough Hateful Hyperbole!

Leo Kage “shields” Daniel Shoneye from full view!

Background:

When Daniel Shoneye (above, left) and his identical twin brother, Darren Shoneye, initially posed in settings that appealed to their fellow bare practitioners (us) – they were promoted as somewhat reluctant to share their complete nakedness. This false impression of modesty was short-lived and occasionally blamed on their embarrassment over removing all of their body hair (arms, armpits, head, leg and pubic). Currently, neither Daniel nor Darren exhibit any misgiving or qualm over publicly being what they both openly and proudly acknowledge: bare practitioners who remove their body hair!

The two muscle-men are Nigerian-born British subjects and have adapted to their careers with remarkable certainty and ease. They have no problems with being desirable and handsome gay naturists and confidently encourage all of us to be bold, dedicated and proud of being ourselves!

The Dilemma:

In the headline picture (above), Leo Kage (right) willingly uses his right hand to protect Daniel Shoneye’s penis from view. This particular image is widely available in the bare practitioner community because of the debates it generated within this population. “How can someone (Daniel Shoneye) identify as a bare practitioner (male same gender loving naturist/nudist) and imply modesty?” The two characteristics are basically and essentially incompatible! Within certain groups of this community, the same arguments continue even today!

Leo Kage

Leo Kage (aka – also known as – “Amadeus”) miraculously escapes any of the abuse, criticism or disdain from our community for appearing in the opening image. This despite the fact that it is his hand concealing Daniel’s manhood. Perhaps it is because he isn’t obviously trying to conceal any part of himself. He is truly “hanging out” naturally and oblivious to any critical judgment or protest. Same gender loving male nudists can’t bring themselves to disparage someone who is content with being himself! Maybe that is what keeps him “free from sin!”

Bonus points: Leo Kage has a profitable and successful pornography career!

Shoneye twins: Daniel (left) and Darren (right)!

The Situation:

However, the Shoneye twins aren’t so fortunate. Irregardless their primed physiques and masculine and muscular attributes, their perceived hesitancy in fully displaying their preference for clothes freedom (wearing none) both bothers have chronically and repeatedly been subjected to verbal and written assault for misrepresenting themselves as committed bare practitioners.

Daniel and Darren, both together and individually, make no illusions over the reality of their sexuality (gay) nor their lifestyle (naturist). In a joint interview with a British gay magazine several years ago, they readily admitted that they regretted following the directions of their professional photographer and publicist who recommended their posing “modestly.” That ill-fated advice clearly “set the stage” for confusion and controversy.

The Shoneye twins: posing discretion!

Subsequent photos showing the twins posing have not eliminated the complaints against the dynamic siblings. Detractors still accentuate their “deceit” and their “greed.” Some accuse them of simply being the proverbial “gay for pay!” Enough is enough! Get a life!

Darren Shoneye (left) and Daniel Shoneye (right)!

The Nonsense!

As bare practitioners, we encourage all people, no matter their lifestyle or sexuality to be themselves. This is a basic human right. Daniel and Darren (aka “Junior”) have the same right to be themselves! Accept it or not, just move forward in life. There’s nothing anyone can do now that will change what has already happened. Let’s all leave the past behind us!

Bare buttocks!

Both Daniel and Darren are same gender loving men! Accept it!

Both Daniel and Darren are naturist/nudist! Accept it! Move on!

Darren Shoneye (left) and Daniel Shoneye (right)!

Id Daniel and Darren want to remove all their body hair – fine! It is their decision to make. We may not agree with it, but it isn’t our concern. It may make them feel more masculine – so be it! We all groom ourselves according to a variety of preferences and reasons.

If they use their hands to conceal their genitalia, what’s the issue? I’ve been in many social nudist functions where a significant number of men inadvertently do the same. How about those among us who are “new” to nudity? Do we criticize them? Let everyone be themselves at their own pace.

Not all of us are spontaneously comfortable being bare publicly, even if we are all nude. Let’s allow each one of us to determine their own level of confidence with their own nakedness. The ultimate goal of being a bare practitioner is personal freedom, happiness and satisfaction. We should all respect this and not judge others based on our own particular habits or traits.

Modesty is an attribute that the majority of us acquire from our parents, culture and/or religion. Some of us may flippantly disregard this as arbitrary while others may undergo a long process of gradually alleviating the guilt and pain through diligence and practice. Again, respect and tolerance is vitally important in order to attain true happiness. We all need to allow everyone their own space for development and growth!

Daniel Shoneye!

Those men who are relatively “new” to body hair removal may feel awkward and self-conscious when first appearing publicly without their body hair. This is a typical reaction and deserves understanding rather than degrading. Critics often employ their negativity in order to conceal their own insecurity and/or jealousy.

Darren Shoneye (right) and his boyfriend!

An absent accusation against the Shoneye twins is one based or racial bias. Despite claims of equality and progress in matters of acceptance, prejudice based on the color of one’s skin (especially blatant when we’re bare) remains a disgusting reality. However, in this current age, it assumes a subtle format.

The large number of followers attracted to the Shoneye twins has always been contentious to members of our community who abhor interracial harmony and inclusion. In this day, these malcontents resort to other issues in order to disguise their discriminatory racial motives.

It is indeed ironic that the labels of “deceit” and “fraud” (among others) they hurl against Daniel and Darren are now applicable against themselves. Positive proof of the truth of the adage: “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones!”

Community implies unity. As bare practitioners, we should do the same and not point out blame!

Our community of bare practitioners needs fairness, honesty and tolerance as a solid denominator. Let’s all strive for generous inclusiveness instead of hypocritical notoriety as our standard to bear. We all need to give to others what we expect them to give to us!

Take care and stay bare!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry planned for here is Saturday, July 31, 2021, and the proposed topic is: “Bottoms-Up! End of July, 2021!”

Thank you to Daniel and Darren Shoneye for your commitment, courage, dedication and loyalty to the bare practitioner community!

E. Lynn Harris, Author!

Naturally reading in Nature!

E. Lynn Harris, a gay author of note, will always be a favorite of mine. His saddening, shocking and sudden death on this exact date – July 23, 2009 – only secured his stature in my mind. “Gone too soon” and “such a tragic loss” have become two phrases that many of his fans associate with his name. His readership crossed both cultural and racial boundaries that few imagined possible. Unfortunately, his demise has left an empty void in contemporary same gender loving male authors.

E. Lynn Harris, June 20, 1955 – July 23, 2009

E. Lynn Harris (pictured above) admiration and appreciation was one of the very first common bonds that forged the close platonic friendship that exists between Jay and myself. We first met at a nude cocktail party just before Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration in January, 2009. One of the author’s paperback novels had been left in the booth where we were sitting and immediately initiated our conversation. Our friendship endures and we frequently re-read his novels and re-examine details we’ve overlooked previously.

Jay and Roger avatar!

Was E. Lynn Harris a “down-low” bare practitioner?

He publicly acknowledged being gay and proud. Was he also a naturist/nudist, too? If he had lived longer, would he have openly and proudly “owned” his nude preference?

Removing his socks!

Jay and I recently reviewed Harris’ “I Say A Little Prayer” 2006 novel. One of the very first comments that Jay shared with me was the observation that “…I’ve never noticed before his familiarity with nudity!” This remark left me utterly clueless – flabbergasted – so much so that I had to immediately return to the book – again!

Bookcover: “I Say A Little Prayer”

The main character in this novel is Chauncey Greer. Harris refers to Chauncey’s first attendance at a clothes free social club for bisexual and gay men: “I didn’t wear underwear because the invite specified that no clothing could be worn once you entered the club.” The Back Door was the name of a group or event in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted by well-to-do Black men that prohibited the wearing of any clothing at their functions.

Although the entire event discussed in Chapter 6 was exclusively bare, Chauncey revealed no embarrassment or shame being naked. He observed the sexual freedom exhibited at the social gathering with no judgment on the participants even though he (Chauncey, the main character) did not engage in any type of sexual activity.

Throughout the novel, Harris writes of encounters the men attending The Back Door had with others they met at the social nudist event and acknowledged their recognition of one another from the party – again, free from any bias or negative consideration. Their shared bare practitioner experience was viewed as simply another normal or routine meeting, regardless of their nudity and sexuality.

In later chapters, Harris returns Chauncey to reflecting his comfort and relaxation in being bare while contemplating his relationships with his friends such a Skylar, Basil and Griffen. The nudity issue remained a complete nonissue as far as he was concerned.

Both Jay and I were so normalized by our own bare practitioner lives that this revelation was unimpressive and totally regular. In discussing this phenomenon, we wondered together if this was a subtle admission from E. Lynn Harris of his own personal comfort with being a bare practitioner.

Rest in peace, E. Lynn Harris!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry planned for here is Monday, July 26, 2021, and the proposed topic is: “Enough Nonsense!”

A Decade Later!

Reflections over the past decade!

All of us have “transition” moments, events or periods in our individual lives when a change began or occurred that altered our journey. Some are recognized and easily remembered and others merely fade into memory. Ten years ago today, July 19, 2011, such an occasion happened for me.

Just before receiving my undergraduate degree, I became an HIV/AIDS prevention education instructor for my local chapter of the American Red Cross. I volunteered for this because of the devastation effect this disease had on three distinct communities that I was a part of: Deaf, same gender loving (gay) and the naturist/nudist following. I felt the underlying need to inform others of the necessary preventions to change the situation. This initiated a dedication to the Red Cross from that moment until ten years ago today.

I progressed from a chapter instructor involved with my communities to the next level as an instructor-trainer with the Red Cross – I became the person who taught others how to conduct educational sessions. In my local chapter, I eventually became the chapter’s HIV/AIDS prevention education chairman. During this time, my instructor-trainer category expanded into three different categories: basics (general population), African-American, and into the Workplace curriculum. All of these positions were voluntary with no financial compensation nor expectation.

Outside of my local chapter, I was encouraged to join a Washington, D.C., metropolitan task force of Red Cross chapters created to design and implement a fundamental peer education curriculum focusing on teenage educators. For almost three years we engaged in the job of building a group that would perform educational outreach to their own age group on prevention skills and techniques to their peers in reducing risks of HIV infection.

American Red Cross HIV educators T-shirt.

My longevity with the local and national American Red Cross HIV/AIDS prevention education movement ended on this date a decade ago. My co-instructor and I met to set-up for our last class together – which lasted from July 25 – July 29, 2011, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. After renewing our identifications for the National Capitol Area chapter we unloaded our equipment and textbooks and organized the materials in the order needed. After a morning of work, we concluded our togetherness with a nice quiet lunch.

Over the course of our social meal, we both engaged in the acknowledgement that this would be the very last class that we would teach together for the national faculty. The American Red Cross no longer received government funds to continue to the HIV/AIDS education prevention curriculum and the national effort was rapidly disappearing. Supplies were no longer provided and curriculum development had ceased.

As our conversation progressed, we recalled many instances from our past eleven years of co-teaching classes where humor and silliness invaded our shared classroom – both from the students and ourselves! Our teamwork had created a very productive environment for not only those we taught but for us, as well!

After a total of almost two decades of time with the American Red Cross HIV awareness and prevention efforts, my voluntary “secondary” career drew to a close. It felt good to know that I had made a difference in the lives of others. A reward that I continue to cherish even today.

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Friday, July 23, 2021 and the proposed topic is: “E. Lynn Harris, Author!”

August, 2021: Homeward Bound!

Twins!

It is now officially confirmed! My identical twin brother, Alex, and I will spend almost the entire month of August, 2021, with our mother – and the rest of our brothers and their families – in Greece. Since our father’s death in November, 2018, our matriarch has been stoic and in good health. However, lately, she is suffering with depression and missing our father (completely understandable).

So, Alex and I are attempting to give the rest of our familial tribe a break from maternal duties and cares and try to liven her mood and entertain her in our own special way – unfortunately, we’ll have to burden ourselves with clothing for the better part of the month! No one else in our family is as enthusiastic about being active bare practitioners as we both are!

Identical brothers!

While we’re at our Mom’s, we’ll have moments to ourselves and can comfortably relax while completely bare. There is a promise of relief from cumbersome garments in that way and of course, skinny-dipping is always an option!

I plan to continue publishing ReNude Pride while away but with a minor modification for the month of August, 2021. I will continue with post entries at least one per week for the duration of my absence from home. Our priority is spending quality time with our mother!

Aaron, my spouse, does intend to join us around the middle of the month as we celebrate our 6th Anniversary together! At this moment, we have no knowledge of when – or if – Twin’s partner will be able to make a trip over.

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next planned post entry here is for Monday, July 19, 2021, and the proposed topic is: “A Decade Later!”

Summer Magic!

Summer magic!

A chance encounter surrounded by a natural body of water, early on a summer evening.

Chance encounter!

Brings together two men, from two different worlds, into a moment they have both longed for.

Togetherness!

Uncertain as to what the evening may entail, they welcome the time to explore.

Consensual!

They readily agree that the opportunity is both special and unique, an occasion they both savor and share.

Joined!

They recognize that this a possible once-in-a-lifetime moment that may never happen again.

Acceptance!

Appreciating the special circumstances, they accept their fate.

Cooperation!

They allow nature to pursue and they follow their instincts and senses.

Compliance!

Patiently, they explore their bodies, hearts, minds and souls.

Trust!

They surrender to respect and trust!

Happiness!

They willfully comply to the supremacy of Summer Magic!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry planned for here is Friday, July 16, 2021, and the proposed topic is “ReNude Pride, July – August, 2021!”

International Skinny Dip Day!

Pool volleyball!

Today is designated International Skinny Dip Day (ISDD) by the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR). It is observed annually on the second Saturday of July. A date originally used to challenge the record on the largest number of skinny-dippers in one location. It evolved from that goal into a “day of fun in the sun!”

Skinny-dipping couple!

Skinny-dipping simply means swimming naked. Unless designated for a particular purpose, it has no official agenda aside from having fun and playing in the water, whether it is an indoor or outdoor pool, ocean, lake or river. The sole unifying factor is being in the water without any swimsuit!

Let the good times begin!
Toss away your suits and skinny-dip!
ISDD Logo

For those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, this date falls during our summer season, ample opportunity for many skinny-dipping experiences during the ideal temperatures!

Happy International Skinny Dip Day!

Take care and stay bare!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Monday, July 12, 2021, and the proposed topic is “Summer Magic!”

.Gif – Essay: Nude Recreation Week!

Exiting the beach!

Attack of the killer wave!

(.gif above)

Something different is being presented here today ~ a .gif-Essay that is focused on this week’s major event for all bare practitioners ~ Nude Recreation Week! It will feature very few words and rely essentially on visual images (using the .gif format) to convey the message. Ready? Set? Let the fun begin!

Strip to skinny-dip then drop!

Shirt stripping!
Pants and underwear?
Now: completely bare!
He’s now able to drop into the pool! Time to skinny-dip!

Bare practitioner meal preparation!

Cooking for guests!

Unwrapping reality!

Matching towels!

A locker room dance club!

Celebrating Nude Recreation Week!

Happy Nude Recreation Week!

Take care and stay bare!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry for here is planned for tomorrow, July 10, 2021, and the proposed topic is “International Skinny Dip Day!”

2021 Nude Recreation Week!

Compliance #1: stripping!

Nude Recreation Week: July 5 – 11, 2021

Nude Recreation Week commences today and lasts officially for as long as it is supposed to: exactly one week. However, we all know that our pursuit of leisure and pleasure in our lives extends beyond a simple seven-day quest. My spouse, Aaron, and I attest to that fact – so, unofficially, what we denote as Nude Recreation Week essentially becomes lifelong!

Recreation (in easy terms) is any undertaking we engage for enjoyment, fun, improvement, relaxation and/or socialization. The choices are endless and unrestricted – the exception being July 5 – 11, 2021. It is, after all, Nude Recreation Week (no clothes allowed)! It is either be bare or be banned (no compromise permitted)!

Compliance #2: exploration!

Nude Recreation Week is co-sponsored by the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) and The Naturist Society (TNS) annually. The week-long observance began in 1976 as simply a weekend event (the nude weekend). In 2019, AANR designated the second Saturday in July as International Skinny Dipping Day.

International Skinny Dip Day (ISDD) logo!

Despite the “international” determination, it remains unclear exactly how truly world-wide the ISDD is celebrated. However, if it only brings one additional nude swimmer into the water, it is well worth all the effort!

Happy Nude Recreation Week to everyone!

Skinny-dippers!

Take care and stay bare!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Friday, July 9, 2021, and the proposed topic is “.Gif-Essay: Nude Recreation Week!”

Happy USA Day!

USA Day!

Just before the revolutionary war began, on this date, July 4, 1776, the declaration of independence was signed by the delegates to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At that time, no official flag had been adopted by this country.

Happy USA Day to everyone reading and visiting here!

Take care and stay bare!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for tomorrow, Monday, July 5, 2021, and the proposed topic is “2021 Nude Recreation Week!”

Happy Canada Day!

Bare wrapped in the Canadian flag!

On this date, July 1, 1867, the British North America Act went into effect and created the Dominion of Canada, uniting the separate colonies of Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The act formally divided the province of Canada into two different provinces, English-speaking Ontario and French-speaking Quebec. The self-governing Canada retained Queen Victoria as sovereign Queen of Canada, a role continued to this very day by her great-great granddaughter, H.M. Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada.

H.M. Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada!
Map of Canada!

Over the years, Canada has expanded from the northeast geographic area into a large nation bordered between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and south of the Arctic Circle. The national languages are both English and French!

The Canadian Flag!
Body-painted Canadian flag!

Best wishes for a very happy and safe Canada Day!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next planned post entry here is for Sunday, July 4, 2021, and the proposed topic is “Happy USA Day!”