Bare Vintage Gallery #4!

The end of this series!

Today’s feature: Black History Month: Bare Vintage Gallery #4: Interracial Interaction!

Encouragement!

The overwhelming majority of the photographs posted here during Black History Month, 2021, were made at a time when the different races in this country were segregated (separated) from one another – either by law or simply community practice. This impacted all ethnicities and races, African-American, Caucasian, Hispanic and Indigenous people (Indian or Native American). The pictures here today represent the courage of those defying the law or practice or those with the stamina to take steps to show that different people and races can live in harmony!

Lean on me, late 1960s to early 1970s

The two men above have no problems posing bare together as well as with someone of a different race. There are two pictures of them together, the one above and the one below. Judging from their hairstyles, we determine the timeline of the late 1960s to the early 1970s.

In the image below, they both maintain eye-to-eye contact and exhibit confidence in their shared friendship!

Confident friends, late 1960s to early 1970s

There is no question that the same duo in the above pictures have any concern in posing together, despite their racial identities being different. In the photo below, they maintain their eye-contact and at the same time openly and proudly share their complete nudity!

Proud together!

Cuddling in bed!

The couple above cuddle close together sharing the same bed. A very suggestive scene for this particular time in this country’s history as the laws and restrictions banning interactions between the two races were being opposed by not only the federal government but by tolerant individuals from all walks of life. The hairstyle of the White guy suggests the middle 1960s.

Skinny dipping, early 1960s!

One thing for certain, the pool these guys enjoyed wasn’t open to the public during the timeline suggested by the early 1960s hairstyles. The strict laws enforcing the segregation of the different races would never have allowed the participants to be together at the same pool location. The above photograph would have to have been created in a private setting. These men were very brave!

Naked hugs!

Roger/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next posting here is planned for Sunday, February 28, 2021 and the proposed topic is Bottoms-Up! February, 2021!

Bare Vintage Gallery #3!

Bare pride!

Today’s theme: Bare Vintage Gallery #3: Trio or More!

Encouragement!

Sometimes, we find the old adage, “the more the merrier…” as somewhat confusing and misleading. However, when we look at the men from “back in the day” featured in today’s collection, we no longer have any doubts on what wisdom prevails!

A proud trio from the late 1950’s to early 1960’s!

This marks the third Friday during Black History Month, 2021! Thus far, we’ve increased our gallery of vintage photographs from one subject per image and we’re now up to three or more subjects in each photo. As the men above demonstrate, they are all happy to be bare and together! Their hairstyles suggest the timeline in dating the photo. They are free from any body embarrassment or shame! Good job, guys!

All together, middle to late 1960s!

The featured threesome above are very comfortable being clothes-free and in close company with one another. The man on the left has used some type of treatment or relaxer on his hair. His two companions have kept their head hair conveniently short and aren’t in the least bit shy in focusing their attention on their buddy’s penis. Clearly, men do notice the genitalia of other men!

A proud and happy embrace, late 1960s to early 1970s!

The gentlemen posing in the photograph above are pleased and proud to wrap their arms around one another – in friendship or in romance, we’ll never know for certain. The guy in the center and the far right are in their sneakers; the one on the left is in a pair of sandals. The footwear suggests the early 1970s. The hairstyle of the one far right affirms the early 1970s. Again, joyful bare practitioners!

Our trio from above in a late 1960s photo pose!

The identical trio are captured in this picture from several years earlier. No footwear are shown in this pose but the same men enjoy being familiar with their bodies and their physical intimacy. Three pairs of hands encircling his penis and pubic hair only put a pleasured smile on the face of our man in front! Confidence, fun and pride!

After their skinny dipping in the ocean, 2006!

The trio above were photographed after their skinny dipping excursion in 2006. Although this image is not routinely classified as “vintage,” it does qualify as a fun-filled look at our bare practicing past! Thank you, guys!

Personal hygiene!

Communal showers have always afforded men an opportunity to enjoy the comfort of being bare with others. Although not offering privacy, it definitely provides the opportunity to share our nakedness with whomever may appreciate the experience!

More personal hygiene together!

In the two photographs of men showering together above, not a single one of them appear embarrassed or shy about having themselves pictured clothes-free and in the proximity of others. Absolute proof that all men are most assuredly not modest! The hair styling on the men in both images suggest the middle-to-late 1960s. Nice posing, gentlemen!

Naked hugs!

Roger/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next posting here is planned for next Friday, February 26, 2021 and the proposed topic is Bare Vintage Gallery #4.

Happy Valentine’s Day Visuals!

Start Valentine’s Day with a kiss!

February 14 is known throughout the world as St. Valentine’s Day! However, I have no clue whatsoever as to what makes this day special and synonymous with all of us who are so deeply in love with both our lives and our passions! It’s just nice to have a day dedicated to bromance (the love and romance between two men) and our desire to be together!

Valentine’s are usually shown as hearts!

The popular symbol for this special day in the month of February is a red heart and I imagine the image above represents a human heart beating to indicate the commitment to the person to whom the individual enjoys being with and involved with at this time!

Affection + love = desire!

There is no true formula as to how we celebrate and observe this day. Each couple is free to determine their own special circumstances and their determinations, while important to themselves, may be meaningless to others who face the identical desires and emotions!

Joined together in friendship on this day!

Not everyone may view Valentine’s Day as an occasion of physical intimacy and romance. For them. the day may be simply an occasion to convene and be together in brotherhood, camaraderie and friendship. Whatever works best for men is always appropriate for this momentous day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

To each and everyone here today, the very best wishes for a happy Valentine’s Day from ReNude Pride!

Naked hugs!

Roger/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next posting here is planned for Friday, February 19, 2021, and the proposed topic is Bare Vintage Gallery #3: Trio or More!

Bare Vintage Gallery #2

Flexing his chest!

Today’s theme: Bare Vintage Gallery #2: Double or Duo!

Encouragement

This presentation showcases photographs, all vintage of two men, demonstrating their comfort and pleasure in being bare together. This obviously provides us all the opportunity to compare same gender loving men both today and in year’s past!

J. C. Carter (right) a renown same gender loving actor.

The above picture features the openly gay actor known as J. C. Carter, from Chicago, Illinois. “J. C.” appeared in a number of gay pornographic films and had no qualms about being completely “out” of the closet! He retired from the industry in the early 1990’s. The above picture was taken as his career was just getting started – he had not yet begun shaving his chest, head and pubic hair – and his muscles were underdeveloped. I am uncertain as to identity of his accomplice in this image.

These two men proudly share a kiss in the late 1950s!

The duo above kissed during the early-to-middle 1950’s!

In the two pictures posted above leave no doubt in anyone’s mind that the men involved were obviously attracted to one another. The body language assures us of this reality. In both images, one partner has his hands resting on his partner’s buttocks. This familiarity doesn’t common natural to strangers!

The above male couple together during the early 1950’s!

I have no information on the identities of the male couple featured in the above photo. However, they appear totally comfortable together as this is not the only image of them together – and in the photographs below their bare comfort isn’t the sole confirming indicator of their affection for one another!

The same couple in a late 1950’s pose.

Here again they appear in the late 1950’s.

Depicted above embracing and kissing in the late 1950’s.

The three featured photographs above show the same couple, no longer seated on a bench together but now physically embracing one another. In the last image, they are engaging in a kiss. The timeline let’s us know that a kiss indicates more than just friendship!

Our couple together in the middle 1950’s.

Our “dynamic duo” above from a picture with the year 1955 written on the back of it. Here, they have no reluctance in physical interplay between themselves! It does leave us with at least one unanswered question: “How long were they together?” I salute these proud bare practitioners for their courage in being themselves when the world beyond was often intolerant!

Naked hugs!

Roger/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next posting here is planned for Sunday, February 14, 2021, and the proposed topic is related to Valentine’s Day!

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, 2021!

African-Americans constitute approximately 13% of the US population yet represent more than 50% of all categories in HIV and AIDS related statistics the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. This unsettling and disproportionate impact of the infection has been a reality since the early days of the disease monitoring.

In 1999, alarmed over the effects of HIV/AIDS in the African-American peoples, representatives of organizations serving Black Americans, US Public Health Service officials and persons of faith communities met to address concerns. A working group was created to further explore the issues. One of the results of these meetings was the decision to observe, annually, February 7, as National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). The very first NBHAAD was held on February 7, 2000.

From the onset, it was determined that NBHAAD was a means to give the African-American “ownership” of the problem and a resource for enabling a solution. Within the HIV/AIDS crisis, often the most successful management and treatment strategies were those undertaken by the respective, targeted community.

Over the years, the direction of NBHAAD has evolved into the Strategic Leadership Council (SLC). The SLC offers direction, guidance and serious planning and thought to engaging an increase in involvement in NBHAAD by organizations with missions to deliver services to divergent African-American communities.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day programs contain four key components for a successful awareness and involvement campaign. Each element is designed to build individual and community strengths in combatting HIV/AIDS. The four initiatives are as follows:

  1. Get educated: know the facts about transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
  2. Get involved: learn about opportunities available in community efforts.
  3. Get tested: know your personal status and encourage others to do the same.
  4. Get treated: to receive proper healthcare and support needed to successfully live with HIV/AIDS.
The red ribbon symbolic of HIV/AIDS awareness.

The red ribbon is the internationally recognized awareness ribbon for HIV/AIDS. It was one of the earliest established awareness ribbon campaigns.

What is PrEP?

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a course of drug therapy taken by HIV-negative people to reduce their risk of HIV infection. If taken consistently and correctly, the process can virtually eliminate the chance of contracting HIV through sexual transmission. PrEP does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections STI). Condoms remain the best protection from STIs.

How does PrEP prevent HIV?

The anti-HIV drugs in PrEP stop the virus replicating inside one’s body. If a person is exposed to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and have been taking PrEP correctly, there will be sufficient quantities of the drugs to prevent the transmission of the virus.

Who can take PrEP?

PrEP isn’t recommended for everyone. It is specifically for persons who are HIV negative and sexually engaged with someone living with HIV (HIV+). Other determining factors involved with PrEP participation may include bisexual and gay men who have multiple sexual encounters but don’t always use condoms; bisexual or gay men who are new to a sexual relationship but unaware of partner’s HIV status and are not using condoms or those who have shared injecting equipment or have been in a treatment program for injecting drug use.

Is PrEP effective in preventing anal transmission of HIV?

Being the receptive partner or bottom-man during sexual encounters puts one at risk for contracting HIV. There are several types of PrEP that are available depending on a man’s pattern of sexual activity. A honest discussion with a health professional allows proper determination of the available options.

If I take PrEP, can I stop using condoms?

PrEP will protect against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. However, PrEP doesn’t provide protection against other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Using a condom is the best way to prevent other STIs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia and hepatitis C.

Interested in PrEP?

The good news is that international guidelines now recommend that PrEP should be made widely available. If it isn’t available now, it may be an option in the near future. A prerequisite before starting PrEP is an HIV test to ascertain that a person is currently uninfected with HIV.

Person interested in getting PrEP should contact a healthcare professional to advise them on the local protocols for the medication. They will also be able to offer the advice, monitoring and support to take PrEP correctly and ensure protection.

Naked hugs!

Roger/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next posting here is planned for Friday, February 12, 2021, and the proposed topic is Vintage Bare Gallery 2: Double or Duo!

Vintage Bare Gallery #1

Contemporary history!

This week’s theme: Bare Vintage Gallery #1: Single or solo!

A gallery is a collection of art and/or photographs for display. The collection featured here today is aligned with Black History Month and in keeping with the historical perspective today’s images depict only one African-American bare practitioner per photo with a caption underneath each entry.

All images were obtained from the internet. Unless known for certain, all persons shown are assumed to be same gender loving.

Encouragement!

Today’s presentation shows a single man posing bare (clothes-free) for each image. Most of these pictures reflect a “professional” positioning that was probably obtained by a commercial photographer. By the 1950’s, publications were in existence that focused on audiences desiring the likeness of nude men.

During the 1950’s decade, the US was still functioning as a segregated (separation of the races) society. Few, if any, magazines offered photographs that implied or showed any type of harmony between the races.

Despite the segregation policies, these photos are proof that there were indeed an audience that both admired and appreciated the likenesses of nude men without shame over their bodies!

Judging from the hair on this man, this picture dates from mid to late 1960’s.

The hairstyle on the man above is reflected in the late 1950’s – early 1960’s.

The above image is mid-to-late 1950’s.

A 1950’s hairstyle on our man above!

This photograph is around early to late 1950’s.

Naked hugs!

Roger/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The posting here is planned for Sunday, February 7, 2021 and the proposed topic is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

USA: Black History Month, 2021!

A natural man posing with an African mask!

In the USA, the month of February, annually, is celebrated as Black History Month. It is a time to pay homage to and to recognize the achievements and contributions that the African-American population has bestowed upon this country. For almost a century and a half after the US civil war (1861 – 1865), the history of Black Americans was, for all intents and purposes, completely ignored here in almost every public school system – despite the fact that the civil war itself was primarily fought to end the practice of the enforced slavery of African-Americans.

Initially, Black History Month began as a week designed to incorporate the history of persons of African descent into the minds of Black students only in a few select public schools. It soon evolved into the teaching the lives of notable Black artists, educators, inventors, merchants, musicians and scientists in addition to the general history of all citizens of this race from the Revolutionary War to what was then the current times.

What is now known as Black History Month was begun in 1926, when noted historian, Carter G. Woodson (the “father of Black History Month”) and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week in February to be “Negro History Week.” This particular week was selected in that it contained the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12, and the birthday of Frederick Douglass on February 14.

The initial Negro History Week was received with limited recognition. The state departments of education in Delaware, North Carolina and West Virginia endorsed the observance as did the public school administrations of Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, DC. Woodson did not give up hope on the concept. He was quoted as sharing “one of the fortunate steps ever taken by the Association.”

Carter G. Woodson, “Father of Black History”

Carter G. Woodson also wrote in The Negro Journal in support of the celebration: “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”

Throughout the 1930’s, Negro History Week continued to grow in acceptance. It contradicted the growing myth of White America in the South’s “lost cause” that argued that slaves had been well-treated and fairly cared for and that the Civil War was nothing more than a war of “northern aggression.”

The first observance of the entire month of February as Black History Month occurred at Kent State University in 1970. Then-President Gerald Ford was the first president to acknowledge and recognize Black History Month during the celebration of the USA Bicentennial in 1976.

The Sankofa

The above emblem is one used to represent re-acquiring or re-learning and is synonymous with “renewal.” It originates from the Adinkra tribe in west Africa who reside primarily in the nation of Ghana. The specific name for this particular Adinkra symbol is sankofa and the proverb associated with it is: it is never too late to go back and to retrieve.” In other words, if we have forgotten something or lost something (knowledge), it behooves us to return and to start again.

Black History Month Recent Achievements:

President Barack Hussein Obama

President Obama was the first African-American to become elected as a president of this country. He was elected in 2008 and served in office from 2009 – 2016.

Vice-President Kamela Harris

Vice-President Harris is the first woman to be elected to a national office and the first African-American to be elected as vice-president. She took office January 20, 2021.

In keeping with ReNude Pride’s mission of being bare and bisexual or gay and our tradition, we honor Black History Month every Friday during February by featuring posts celebrating our mission. Below is listed this year’s schedule:

Friday, February 5, 2021: Vintage Bare Gallery 1 – Single or Solo!

Friday, February 12, 2021: Vintage Bare Gallery 2 – Double or Duo!

Friday, February 19, 2021: Vintage Bare Gallery 3 – Trio or More!

Friday, February 26, 2021: Vintage Bare Gallery 4 – Interracial Interaction!

Happy Black History Month!

Naked hugs!

Roger/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next posting here is planned for Friday, February 5, 2021, and the proposed topic is: Black History Month, Vintage Bare Gallery 1 – Single or Solo!

Bottom’s-Up! January, 2021

The benefit of wearing a jock-strap: buttocks exposed!

Welcome to the Bottoms-Up! series of posts here on ReNude Pride. This particular series is published on the last day of every month throughout the year in commemorating the “end of the month” with a photographic salute to all bare men and their “rear ends” (buttocks)!

As this month marked the beginning of another year, we’ll proceed here with an image recalling our past:

Happy new rear with an inverted ASL sign for “I love you!”

Without wasting further space and time, we’ll proceed to our next visual salutation!

Winter is perfect for a furry buttocks!

Like numerous other men, I find a man with hairy buttocks very appealing, and extremely e-x-c-e-l-l-e-n-t!

Stripping his friend!

The baring (stripping off clothing) of our bodies is equal to the baring of our soul. Both processes are revealing and a wonder to behold!

Stripping enables us all to proudly model our most valuable ASSets!

Naked hugs!

Roger/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next posting here is planned for tomorrow, February 1, 2021, and the proposed topic is USA: Black History Month.

Knowing Our Nipples!

His tongue to his nipples!

Author’s Note: As a friendly and gentle reminder to all reading here, the following are applicable and explicit for this blog: SGL = same gender loving (bisexual or gay). Bare practitioner = SGL + naturist or nudist. If a person is exclusively heterosexual, they are referred to as simply as a naturist or a nudist.

Alternate title: Men at Play on a Winter Day!

For those of us who acknowledge and recognize ourselves as SGL men, the above image is simple and understandable. It is merely a silhouette depicting one man’s affection for and attraction to the nipple of another man’s chest. In plain English, he just wants to caress and lick his partner’s nipple (among other actions)! That’s the reason his tongue is extended.

Nipple suction!

For anyone visiting here who is not SGL and perhaps confused, I’ll offer this clarification. To both genders, the nipple is a very sensitive and sensual part of the human anatomy. This is why it is so appealing and attractive for all. For the admirer, it is desirable. For the individual being admired, it is the source of delight and sensual pleasure.

A significant number of opposite gender loving (heterosexual) men are attracted to and fascinated by a woman’s breast. They often fantasize or in reality prefer to give oral service (lick or suck) or manipulate (caress or massage with their hands) the female’s breast or nipple. Hopefully, this explanation clarifies any misunderstanding.

The above .gif image demonstrates the attraction of man-to-man affection and desire for the nipple.

Self manipulating his nipples!

A popular and recent phenomenon among SGL men, whether they are bare practitioners or not, is the appearance of nipple rings as a body piercing of adornment. This is the personal choice of the individual based on the pleasure that he derives from the wearing of the nipple ring and/or the amount of attention he receives from others who admire or are fascinated by this specific attachment. Then again, there are those who choose to pierce their nipples for no other reason than the availability of the service.

Nipple ring and tattoo!

The overwhelming majority of SGL men, no matter of their clothes-freedom status, have no concern, issue or problem appearing or posing in public with a bare chest. During our current coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, there is probably an extra benefit provided by having a nipple ring. That offering is the subtle message that the individual derives great pleasure in having his nipple fondled, licked and/or sucked!

Fondling his own nipple rings!

Many SGL men, now that the practice of social distancing is implemented in response to the coronavirus, are able to enjoy the fondling, manipulation or massaging of their personal nipple rings. This may be done if they are alone or in the presence of others while maintaining their social distance.

Massaging his chest and nipple rings!

No matter what aspect or setting men choose to enjoy their nipples or their nipple rings, it remains highly important that for health and safety reasons, ReNude Pride encourages and recommends that everyone follow the social distancing protocol!

Inspecting his partner’s nipples!

For many, a nipple ring isn’t always necessary for either man to derive pleasure from having his chest and nipples admired and caressed. The man who is providing this service is also excited just fondling and playing with his partner’s masculinity!

Pinching his own nipple for pleasure!

Most of us remember that nipple rings are not an absolute necessity in order to celebrate and experience the emotional and physical rewards gained from stimulating our own nipples, pierced or not!

Not everyman pierces his nipples!

We honor our buttocks on a monthly basis through our Bottoms-Up! series here on ReNude Pride. This posting offers well-deserved appreciation and attention to yet another notable region of our male anatomy: chests and nipples!

Naked hugs!

Roger/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next posting here is planned for Sunday, January 31, 2021 and the proposed topic is Bottom’s Up! January 31, 2021.

January Occasions!

Celebrating by dancing for January’s occasions!

Author’s Note: There are two personal celebrations that I have every year during this month. Due to time constraints caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), I am combining both together to share with you in this brief posting. The significance of these special occasions in my life are fairly self-explanatory.

Annually, on January 1, we observe the beginning of a new calendar year. This special event occurs globally and is often honored through a public holiday that allows the majority of us the freedom and the opportunity to participate in festivities either in reality or virtually. “No stone left unturned” is the adage that many countries and cultures followed in devising new and exciting means to mark the arrival of 2021!

A traditional welcome for the new year!

Personally, Aaron (my spouse) and I spent New Year’s Eve at home in the company of Aaron’s brother and his current boyfriend and my identical twin brother, Alex, and his live-in partner. Both of our brothers and their attachments are bare practitioners therefore our observance was indeed very nude, very bromantic (brother + romantic = bromantic) and very much fun!

This photograph was decided by Jay as the one that is the avatar of our friendship!

January 3, 2021, was the 12th anniversary of my friendship with my BBF (best, best friend) Jay. We met for the first time on Saturday, January 3, 2009, at a “naked cocktails” gathering in a gay bar in Washington, DC. We became confidantes and co-conspirators practically from the moment we first introduced ourselves. Aaron and Jay have developed a close friendship between themselves likewise.

The fact is that Jay and I jointly created the distinction “BBF” for ourselves back in the heyday of the “BFF” (best friends forever) term. Even though we are more than likely bare (naked) together, we have never once been sexually involved. The above photograph is our mutual avatar to denote, represent and signify our friendship, although I did post it here last week (with Jay’s approval).

Posting here as a bare practitioner!

January, 2021, also marks my 4th anniversary of publishing ReNude Pride here. My previous blog, A Guy Without Boxers, was cancelled and deleted by wordpress without explanation, notification or warning. It tool me almost two years to decide to return to blogging. As my commitment to this endeavor has lasted four years, this timeline must indicate that the rewards surely outnumber the challenges encountered!

My spouse, Aaron Michael Peterson-Poladopoulos, asleep!

Last, but absolutely not least, on the 4th anniversary of this site, ReNude Pride, I want to publicly express my heartfelt and sincere appreciation to my beloved husband, Aaron. His dedication and support – and most importantly, love have made this blogging experience and this site’s existence possible! My devoted gratitude to you, Aaron!

Naked hugs!

Roger/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next posting here is planned for Friday, January 29, 2021, and the proposed topic is Knowing Our Nipples!