Solitude!

Contemplative!

My spouse, Aaron, and I were having lunch with some friends and somehow, the topic “solitude nudes” emerged. Upon later reflection, I recalled several of the comments and the idea for this post entry here was developed. I’ve published quite a number of issues involving social nudity here, but recent features covering solo bare practitioners have all but disappeared. Hopefully, that reality will change!

The bare practitioner community is as diverse as our general society. There are some bare practitioners who prefer solitude over companionship, just as that preference extends to mainstream society. All of us have different personalities and levels of comfort and this is exemplified in our natures related to body and clothes freedom.

Skinny-dipping!

Human beings, by a majority, are a very social species. We tend to function and thrive when in the company and interacting with others. Individually and collectively we strive for acceptance and encouragement from our similarly oriented cohorts. Recognition enables optimal achievement and performance for our associates and for ourselves.

Like other living species, there are exceptions. Among humanity, not all of us react identical to social interaction. For most of us, socialization is no problem, whatsoever. For others, it may be an inconvenience and not always welcome. A few see it as a serious blunder that causes anxiety and dread. We all need to be aware of these feelings and the concerns they create. Our sensitivity in this matter enables bare practitioners of different levels of comfort with socialization a degree of respect and tolerance. It is also an example of consideration and cooperation.

Natural solitude!

There are a number of bare practitioners who plan and project daily to enjoy and take full advantage of their solitary life. They have no desire to socialize with others during their leisure or personal time. Their needs for companionship and interaction with others is totally satisfied in their work and commercial contacts. No need is felt to extending this any further.

These same persons have no inclination to invite others to join with them and to participate in their solitary body and clothes freedom undertakings. Some of them may relish being naked around others, individually or as a group. The mere presence of other bare practitioners indeed satisfies the concept of socialization with no additional interaction necessary.

Solo bare practitioner!

Some bare practitioners prefer the company of just themselves – alone. Whatever their feelings for companionship and camaraderie, personal preference is the priority and the absence of others within their general vicinity is their choice. Many of us often may not understand this decision but we all need to respect it. No law or rule exists that mandates nudity must occur in the company of two or more persons.

There are many of us without any socialization issues or preferences who, for one reason or another, find a day when it is beneficial to contemplate decisions alone while away from others. This one day desire for solitude allows us time to work through particular choices that we may face in our personal and/or professional lives. We utilize this time for promise or reassurance of facets while considering all available options. This alone time is important and helps us sort our reaction or response to the particular situation. Again, it is vital that we offer respect of our needs and allow space when necessary.

It is important that we, as bare practitioner advocates, all recognize the needs and rights of individual circumstances in attaining our comfort level within the realm of our nakedness and nudity. We are all distinct individuals and few, if any of us, are identical. Awareness, respect and tolerance is essential for the harmony of everyone in our community and our culture!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Monday, August 22, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “Is Pride Necessary?”

Aaron & Roger: Number 7!

Our seventh wedding anniversay!

Aaron and I were married in Arlington, Virginia, USA, on today, August 15, 2015. This is a very public congratulatory salute to us both! Incidentally, this is also the second year that we have celebrated this occasion with Mom!

Aaron arrived here yesterday and for the next five days we’ll celebrate this anniversary in Greece before returning home.

Coastal skinny-dipping!

This offers us time to become comfortable skinny-dipping together on my home island of Skyros. There are a number of ideal places on my family’s property!

Smiling couple!

Plus ample opportunity to remain happily in bed together should we feel so inclined!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Friday, August 19. 2022, and the proposed topic is: “Solitude!”

Photo-Essay: August Good Signs!

Bare service benefits!

The printed sign in the lower left corner of the window above really needs no additional explanation. Along with the Rainbow flag draped over the window, this is obviously a bare practitioner supported establishment. To receive exceptional treatment, keep in mind the advice for the best available service. August evidently is the perfect month of the year for clothes freedom!

Qualified for best service!

Keep the message clear and make certain that you qualify for the guaranteed benefits. Before entering the the facility, take care of the service regulations:

Naked is ALWAYS better!
Natural is the best for us all!

If there is any consolation necessary, please keep the following summation in your mind. It summarizes what we all know to be true!

Basic fact!

In other words, take it all off and be so very glad and proud that you did!

Better bare and brave than a covered fool!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Chad and a bare and bold smile!

Nudity = happiness and pride!

Strip to celebrate and for comfort!

Author’s Note: The next post entry for here is planned for Monday, August 15, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “Aaron & Roger: Number 7!”

August Playdays: Skinny-Dipping Pride!

Skinny-dipping with pride #1!

After having focused on the “pride” theme for the entire month of June of this year, I realize that many reading this may ask themselves: What? More pride? Again? First, I’m not apologizing or composing an excuse for repeating the “pride” message. June is, after all, the traditional month, at least in the USA, when gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer + (GLBTQ+) celebrate and honour their confidence and pride about and within their community and culture.

Second, as the author of ReNude Pride, yes, I most definitely am trying to justify using these “rainbow flag” skinny-dipping pictures in conjunction with today’s post entry. I acknowledge feeling neglectful of the skinny-dipping subject in my blogging topics over the past couple of years. Nude swimming and bare culture are synonymous during the month of August, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. Why ignore the topical and visible compatibility?

Skinny-dipping with pride #2!

Aaron, my beloved spouse, differs with me on this subject. He feels that I do not need to validate my selection of images and theme here. This site’s dedication to the bare practitioner community and culture is self-explanatory. His reasoning is based that as this blog’s creator, editor and writer it is my “natural” (both figurative and literal) prerogative. Thus, as devoted as we both are to one another, we have our disagreements of opinions!

The large majority of us – bare practitioners as well as those who wear clothes – fully understand that there are no codes, laws, protocols, regulations or rules that limit our engagement in pride exclusively to the month of June only. Without restriction, we are entitled to act and behave with pride and respect whenever possible. Confidence is not a limited attribute.

Skinny-dipping with pride #3!

Ideally, confidence and pride were instilled in all of us since the moment we were born. However, given the turbulent times in which we live, a growing number of us are not afforded this luxury and opportunity. Whatever the cause or reason, some of us need additional patience and tolerance as we strive to achieve this within our own lives.

Not everyone of us need or require a “rainbow flag” to remind us of our pride in being precisely what and who we are. A gentle reminder from time to time is often all that’s necessary for us to experience happy and productive lives. However, we all need to be reminded of this responsibility we all share. Together, we can make a positive difference in our everyday lives and in our world!

A gentle reminder here, the rainbow flag was replaced by the Progress banner in 2017 as a symbol of our community and culture march towards equality. The Progress version is depicted below.

A personal example of not needing a rainbow or Progress flag to demonstrate one’s self-assurance are Aaron (my spouse) and I strolling along the beach in complete body freedom (bare, naked, nude) and holding hands together. Our bare practitioner (same gender loving and clothes free) status is blatantly visible to everyone around. We are doing this in public, without any embarrassment or shame – confident and proud. No apology, excuse or reasoning necessary!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry for here is planned for Monday, August 8, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “Home With Mom!”

August: Time To Skinny-Dip!

A race to the ocean!

This bare practitioner couple feel the urgent need to share a skinny-dipping (swimming naked) experience together as they welcome the last full-month of the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere.

Closer and closer!

As they race towards the oceanic destination, their excitement increases as they seek to satisfy their desire for aquatic antics!

The surf rolls in!

The surf welcomes their energy and enthusiasm and invites their participation in its vast area of fun and games!

Mounting his shoulders!

Their joy and pleasure knows no limits as they laughingly engage in a turn of mutual summer glee and happiness!

The fun begins!

One atop another, they both anticipate a day of bare practitioner delight as the warmth of the summer sun fuels their play!

Charge!

The month of August stands before them ready to offer itself for their exploration well deserved fulfillment!

Best August wishes to all!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry for here is planned for Friday, August 5, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “August Playdays!”

Aaron and I both agree this particular graphic ideally represents “Skinny-dipping!”

Bottoms-Up! July, 2022

Bottoms-up! beach!

In the Northern Hemisphere, the month of July is always the first full month of the summer season. Almost synonymous with the month of July is the season in which it occurs: summer! Beach and buttocks offer an ideal combination for the theme of Bottom’s Up!

Bottoms-Up! embrace

Alone, together or as a part of a larger group, a bare practitioner and the beach offer a scene and a solution that erases both anxiety and boredom!

A stroll with a buddy!

Not all of our companions on the beach need to be human. Dogs are considered our best friend by many!

A sandy coating for bottoms-up!

Sand and sunshine give us a winning combination for a very joyful July! Bottoms up! to all!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry for here is planned for tomorrow, Monday, August 1, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “August Skinny-Dipping!”

Tan-Lines: Tell-Tale Signs!

Obvious tan-line and tattoos!

Tan-Lines: The difference in skin tone (dark/light) from the exposed skin to the covered (protected) skin.

A tan-line is a visually obvious division on the human skin between an area of pronounced paleness relative to other areas that have been exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation – sunlight.

Some individuals who have tattoos on their body are committed to keeping tan-lines as they believe it enhances their sexual attraction.

Tan-line “on the rocks!”

Tan-lines are most noticeable when the person is completely clothes free (naked or nude). The reaction to tan-lines within the naturist/nudist community is often very adamant and controversial. Those who are partial (in favor of) to tan-lines, aside from enhancing their sexual appeal, also believe that the demarcation exemplifies their muscular development. Once again, helping to promote their physical appearance toward those they wish to impress.

Swimsuit tan-line!

Those opposed to the tan-lines existence feel that it detracts from their preference for nudity. It serves as a reminder of the popularity of swim apparel and the discomfort of clothing. They also agree that it “cheapens” a personal appearance.

Waist tan-line!

A prevalent misconception about tan-lines is that they don’t appear on Black people. They are just as prominent on all races of humanity. The discrepancy perhaps is caused by the lack of familiarity with the racial group and the tanning habits of the participants. Always remember: “Where the sun doesn’t shine, there’s always a tan-line!”

Tan-line buttocks!

There are some tan-line enthusiasts who wholeheartedly welcome all the attention received when exposing their tan-lines – especially while engaging in their naturist or nudist preference and confidently and flamboyantly exhibiting their evocative and provocative swimsuit favorite. They relish the notice that doing so generates. It helps to satisfy their not-so-subtle exhibitionist trends!

Thong-style tan-line!

They feel it bestows a “celebrity” status upon themselves and enhances their bare image. However, they should understand that perhaps half the attention they’re creating isn’t from persons who approve of the “picture” represented.

Frontal tan-line!

The more appropriate philosophy under such circumstances is perhaps “live and let others live.” Tolerance is a better skill practiced!

Rear tan-line!

We don’t all have to agree with the choices others may make. It is both courteous and essential that we respect everyone’s freedom to choose.

Reminder: please remember sunscreen!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry for here is planned for Sunday, July 31, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “Bottoms-Up! July, 2022”

In Memory of: E. Lynn Harris!

The late same gender loving author, E. Lynn Harris

My BRAT-buddy and current best friend, Jay, and I first met one another at a bare practitioner social gathering on Saturday, January 3, 2009. Within minutes after introducing ourselves, we discovered a shared addiction: we’re both E. Lynn Harris dedicated! Perhaps obsessed would be a better description. In just a couple of hours, our introduction became an acquaintanceship that immediately evolved into a friendship that has remained “fast and solid” ever since.

BRAT represents “barely recognized as textile.” An affectionate yet sarcastic invention of Jay’s partner, Raheem, to summarize our unique relationship in today’s extraordinary world. Click the link: BRAT! to read more.

E. Lynn Harris (pictured above) was a noteworthy and popular male same gender loving author who first published in the 1990’s and tragically died in July, 2009. He was the respected talent who opened the door to the Black gay experience for millions no matter their racial heritage, gender or sexual orientation.

Avatar: Jay and Roger meeting!

Jay and I read and discuss books throughout the year – along with our our interests. For the past several years, I have featured some of those titles here. I try to do a post entry in honour of E. Lynn Harris every year during the early summer so to commemorate his birthdate (June 20, 1955) and the date of his death (July 23, 2009). I think he would appreciate this style of recognition as a justified tribute to his devotion to writing and to the reading of books..

The situation is different for this year’s reading. An acquaintance of mine, Rodney Lofton, died earlier this year. We had co-presented sessions on HIV/AIDS prevention education for the Red Cross and he was a novel author in his work. To learn more, click the link: Our Paths Crossed. Please read for more information.

I had not read Rodney’s novel since it was published in 2009. Aaron, my spouse, Jay and Raheem had never read the book at all. So our “reading group” expanded this year to include not only Jay and myself but our “significant others” as well.

Jointly reading naturally!

Jay had read Rodney’s autobiographical work, The Day I Stopped Being Pretty, A Memoir when I sent to him a copy after sharing with him my acquaintance with the recently deceased man. It was after he finished that we agreed to read Lofton’s next novel in honour of E. Lynn Harris. We both believed that Harris would be comfortable in being remembered by the work of a fellow same gender loving African-American male.

Rodney Lofton posing beside his portrait!

A likeness and painting of author and AIDS prevention educator Rodney Lofton is displayed in the lobby of a charity he served. Below is the cover of the book that is the subject of today’s post entry here on ReNude Pride.

Today’s feature cover!

No More Tomorrows is a moving and poignant love story of two men – one, Mark Jones, is HIV positive; the other, Kevin Williams, is HIV negative. It is also the story of same gender loving men living and loving in the era of HIV/AIDS. Author Rodney Lofton, himself diagnosed as HIV+ in the early 1990’s, composed this – his first fiction novel – with both insight and wisdom. This book was published on June 30, 2009.

No More Tomorrows begins at the end. Mark Jones awakes from, another restless and sleepless night that he has endured for weeks. It is when he if fully awake that he realizes that this day is his very last day of life. Twenty years after being diagnosed with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), Mark spends his morning reflecting on his life and love of Kevin Williams.

Facing a life of living with HIV, Mark opts to get busy living instead of the direction to get busy dying. Whereas tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us, de decides to host his own “celebration of life” party where he meets Kevin, who becomes the love of his life. Kevin, learning that Mark is living with HIV faces his own dilemma – pursuing his attraction to Mark and “going the distance” with him or avoiding the situation altogether and safely keeping himself uninvolved.

Mark and Kevin: in love!

The subtitle of No More Tomorrows is aptly “Two Lives, Two Stories, One Love.” Kevin and Mark not only commit to a relationship together; they also develop a deep and sincere love for one another. This novel shares their bromance from beginning to end – and beyond.

Throughout the book, Kevin and Mark give their individual perspectives on their relationship and the strong bond and devotion that engulfs them. Lofton’s story is both positive and promising, even as Mark confronts his final day and dedicates a legacy for his love.

No More Tomorrows concludes with Kevin on the first anniversary of Mark’s death. This brief epilogue brings a moment of profound sadness into a celebration of love and smiles – and a tear of joy!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Monday, July 25, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “Tan-Lines: Tell-Tale Signs!”

Bare Practitioner’s Day!

Bare practitioner couple kissing!

As are most observances within the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer + communities (GLBTQ+), Bare Practitioner’s Day (today) is a recent celebration that is slowly gaining acceptance and recognition within both the naturist/nudist culture and the GLBTQ+ world. Prior to 2008, there were few, if any, references to “homosexual” – GLBTQ+ – naturist/nudist events outside the limited number of social organizations promoting same gender loving nudity.

Before I progress any further on this topic, I should explain or remind everyone that “Bare practitioner” is the term that I prefer to use for self-identification as well as describe who and what we are. I believe the overwhelming majority utilize the term “gay naturist/nudist.” In most social settings, sexual actions are not permitted. That’s the reason I’d much rather be a bare practitioner as opposed to gay naturist/nudist. “Gay” (unfortunately) has simply too much sexual baggage or innuendo.

Gay trio naked together!

There is a paucity of information available on the existence of a social nudity movement within the homosexual/same gender loving community before the June, 1969, Stonewall Inn Riots. There is no doubt individual interest in the practice, but societal norms and restrictions prevented any acknowledgment and the development of any support within our culture. Religion and society created, empowered and enabled a legal system that fanatically and zealously prohibited and severely punished any semblance of sexual deviancy.

The 1969 Stonewall Inn Riots (SIR) opened the door and introduced the concept and ideal of equality to our same gender loving clothes freedom community and culture. Soon, “homosexual rights” and “gay liberation” were prevalent and relevant themes to our growing list of actions and concerns that needed to be addressed. Our “time” in history had arrived!

Bare practitioner pride: a substantial force!

July 14, annually, is observed as Bare Practitioner’s Day here on ReNude Pride. This date is also known as Gay Naturist Day, Gay Nudist Day and as Gay Naturist/Nudist Day. Just as there is no need for us to feel any disgrace or shame as being body and clothes freedom enthusiasts, there is likewise no reason to remain closeted or secretive as bisexual or same gender loving. We should all be proud of ourselves every day!

Jason Collins, Brooklyn Nets (retired)

“Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.” ~ Jason Collins ~

Jason Collins, professional basketball player (retired). Jason is the very first openly same gender loving man to play not only in the National Basketball Association (NBA) but also for any of the four professional American sports leagues. He retired from the Brooklyn Nets team in the NBA.

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Monday, July 18, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “In Memory of: E. Lynn Harris!”

“Sex On The Beach” Cocktail!

Intimacy!

Since I began publishing ReNude Pride, I have featured a rum-based alcoholic beverage posting here during the summer season (Northern Hemisphere) entitled “Sex On The Beach.” This name is one used for countless cocktail drinks during this time of the year. Each summer the name reappears with an array of different ingredients that appeal to a variety of beverage consumers.

2022 Sex On The Beach Cocktail:

1.5 ounces rum

1 ounce lime juice

1 ounce orange juice

1 ounce pineapple juice

.5 ounce passionfruit syrup

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into glass and garnish with a lime wheel and fresh fruit.

Tropical cocktail!

Please be aware that consuming alcohol may impair both judgment and mobility.

No one that Aaron, my spouse, and I question knows the origin of the name for this drink. The most frequently offered explanation is usually alluding to the fact that’s where the consumers hope that it leads. Given the beverage’s popularity, that could be a definite possibility!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry for here is planned for Thursday, July 14, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “Bare Practitioner’s Day!”