The Stonewall Inn riots happened in New York City during June, 1969 – for many gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (GLBTQ) people, that event led to the modern growing trend towards the equality of GLBTQ populations all over the world. Although many of our community are still awaiting for their complete freedom from oppression, the New York City riots indeed created a recognition of our struggle for human rights. The”rainbow flag” is considered by all to represent our struggle.
Bare practitioners, whether they think of themselves as a naturist or a nudist, have no sense of guilt or shame over the human body. It is simply our natural selves that we prefer not to conceal or hide with clothing. We are completely comfortable and relaxed being just who we really are. We reject the concept that nudity is obscene or offensive. We are all the same underneath our garments. Who authorized anyone to determine differently?
In the USA, as well as several other countries, today is designated National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This is the event that empowers the African-American community to accept a major role in the prevention and treatment of HIV within not only its own community but throughout the world as well. The devastating impact of HIV on the communities of color here in the USA emphasized the need for definitive community action!
What is today observed as Black History Month in the USA had a very limited and a very inauspicious beginning. It began in 1926 when Carter G. Woodson, an African-American historian and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History designated the second week of the month of February as “Negro History Week.” This week was chosen because it generally coincided with Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass’ birthday on February 14. Both dates were celebrated in Black communities since the late 19th century.
Today is the official celebration of the birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – an internationally recognized pacifist, civil rights activist and a noteworthy humanitarian. Dr. King’s birthday is a nationally recognized holiday, the very first to honor an African-American, and the very first one to honor a renown man committed to the philosophy of peace. He is also a respected leader in the movement for racial equality.
One of the most unexplored topics of our community history is the growth and development of bare (naked, nude) culture within the modern GLBTQ movement. For far too long, we bare practitioners (naturists or nudists) have been ignored and overlooked by the overwhelming majority of our society. The purpose of this posting here is to offer a brief and minimal accounting of our heritage.
As those of you who follow ReNude Pride or who visit here regularly already know, I could not allow this observation of GLBTQ Bare History Month pass without posting pictures of one of the most popular naked past-times, skinny-dipping (swimming nude). The man in the above image is bottom’s up in an indoor pool. Judging by his hair style, it is probably the late 1950’s to early 1960’s, before The Beatles became famous.
In my Reflections: End of September, 2019, published here on Friday, September 27, 2019, I shared that Aaron (my spouse) and I plus Alex, my identical twin brother and his significant other, were visiting Richmond, Virginia (where Twin and I grew up) for their GLBTQ Pride Festival on Saturday, September 28. While enjoying the event, I visited the booth sponsored by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and picked up a map for a walking tour of GLBTQ sites in the downtown city area.
In the USA, the month of October, annually, is celebrated as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer History Month (GLBTQ History Month). This observance is a national time to acknowledge, focus, highlight, learn and to review the numerous and frequently overlooked contributions made by GLBTQ persons to both our national and international societies. Many of these awesome efforts were offered before what’s now the GLBTQ community was ever appreciated and recognized.
My original title for this post was intended as “Last full weekend of…?” This was intended to reflect that for the Southern Hemisphere, this upcoming weekend would be their last full weekend of Winter; for the Northern Hemisphere, this weekend would be their final complete weekend of Summer. After composing this past Monday’s post, I became somewhat inspired by entitling today’s posting Backyard Naked Motorcycle Ride.