Renewed ReNude Pride!

Author’s Note: Handshaking – an often used gesture of goodwill where two or more individuals acknowledge one another – may soon disappear from our accepted custom of “good manners.” Too many pathogens are transmitted by this futile direct contact that in no way assures anyone of a guarantee of health, safety, support and/or respect.

As same gender loving (bisexual or gay) men, both Aaron, my spouse, – in encouragement and support – and I remain firmly committed and dedicated to maintaining ReNude Pride as a celebration of not only same gender love but also our lives as bare practitioners (naturists or nudists). For health and safety reasons during this current coronavirus crisis, we endorse the wearing of facemasks to reduce the risks of COVID-19 (an airborne infection) transmission. However, facemasks are the only body coverings that we recommend!

Bare practitioners are, for the most part, advocates and enthusiasts to the philosophy of clothes-freedom and covering-freedom. We strongly adhere to the practical ideal of living our lives, as much as possible, with no concealment of any part of our body. In other words, we enjoy life as naturally as we are able, especially in these days of social distancing.

My spouse and I are both “huggers.” We gladly embrace new acquaintances as well as lifelong family and friends. This tradition may be based as much by our same gender loving nature as well as our bare practitioner nature. Neither one of us were raised by our parents to be shy or uncomfortable in giving a brotherly embrace (hug) as a gesture of affection, respect and support.

As a biracial (mixed races) married couple, we are occasionally asked which aspect of our lives do we consider the most dominant – our being gay or our being nudist. Up until we met one another, my reply was always predictable, “both aspects are equally important.” I distinctly remember the very first time that question was posed to both Aaron and myself. It was the night that we initially met one another. We’d been engaged in a lengthy conversation together for most of the evening using American Sign Language (ASL).

Without a moment’s pause, my future (now current) husband, Aaron, shared his own opinion: “We are a very unique pair. He’s Deaf, Greek, same gender loving and a nudist. I’m hearing, an Afro-Canadian descendent of American slavery, same gender loving and a nudist. For us, together, being gay and a nudist is a single unifying factor as opposed to being separate competing factors.”

Thank you, Aaron, for your eloquence and your honesty!

In previous postings here on ReNude Pride, I’ve often written and expressed my preference for the utilization of same gender loving (SGL) rather than the labels “bisexual” or “gay.” I also prefer the designation bare practitioner instead of the labels “naturist” or “nudist.” Frequently, the “bisexual,” “gay,” “naturist” and “nudist” labels themselves invoke negative or stereotypical connotations that we can all do without.

For this reason, I use bare practitioner to denote all SGL and clothes-freedom advocates, believers and participants combined.

An openly proud bare practitioner visibly brandishing his true nature!

There is simply no need to be consistently redundant and repetative when one label or term can encompass us all.

The less-than-positive attitudes that these labels create is by no means restricted to the heterosexual and/or textile (clothes wearing) communities. Similar reactions to those labels occur within our own cultures as well.

The term, bare practitioner, is a remarkably sexually-neutral and nonjudgmental expression that fortunately causes little or no reaction whatsoever when defining our cultural identity or in describing who we are essentially as a person. Bare practitioner sums it up nicely and as an added bonus – it can be used virtually “baggage-free” (no burdens to bear)!

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Posted above is the image that Aaron and I use to symbolize us as an interracial married couple. It clearly depicts two men embracing together with our differing ethnic/racial reality shown. The background features the rainbow flag. It is truly a visual testament of our proud and shared bare practitioner nature!

In the process of determining a gravatar (symbol) for ReNude Pride, the above image was our “second choice” favorite. That process compelled us to implement this graphic as our joint emblem.

ReNude Pride official gravatar (symbol)

Now is the good opportunity to remind all readers here of the gravatar (symbol) representing ReNude Pride. The gravatar visually serves as a signature substitute indicating endorsement. It consists of a pair of bare buttocks in honor of the value of nakedness/nudity in our lives. The image is enclosed inside the outline of a triangle adorned in the colors of the rainbow flag signifying the value of same gender love in our lives. Thus the gravatar is emblematic of the essence of being a confident and proud bare practitioner!

Have a wonderful bare practitioner day!

Naked hugs!

Roger/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next posting here is planned for Monday, January 18, 2012, and the proposed topic is USA: Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day.

Perseverance!

Aaron, my spouse, and I have, thus far, been fortunate enough to maintain our “infection-free” status and, more importantly, our bromance (same gender loving brotherhood + romance = bromance) during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that is affecting our human species. We both recognize and understand that surviving in the situation that we are all confronting in our daily lives is equally celebratory and challenging. The celebratory is our strengthened commitment and love. The challenge is making it through yet another day – intact and together.

At this time, I sincerely offer an apology to everyone for my 6 month lapse in posting here. The combination of the massive mandatory quarantine, evolving professional concerns and obligations to my students and my marital duties and responsibilities to Aaron didn’t allow me ample time to focus on ReNude Pride and composition.

Emotionally. mentally and physically, I was ill-equipped and unprepared to deal with all the ensuing chaos and confusion.

A belated and “happy new year” wish is offered to everyone following, reading or visiting here! As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to influence all of our lives, I am finally able to schedule some time and energy into once again writing here although not as regularly as I have done in the past. However, I do feel with the modifications in my teaching schedule at my university, I am now able to publish at least one posting per week unless this epidemic requires otherwise. Like all of humanity, hope is eternal in the prospect of emerging unscathed from this disease!

Now that we are officially into one full week of the new year, Aaron joins with me in wishing all of you our very best!

Naked hugs!

Roger, ReNude Pride

Relaxed Protocols

As the quarantines and other guidelines and recommendations surrounding the coronovirus epidemic are being relaxed in various countries, everyone is cautioned not to expect an automatic “return to normalcy” in our daily lives. The viral infection hasn’t disappeared or even been completely eradicated. Transmission remains a very real possibility and there exists no known vaccine or cure.

For all of us bare practitioners (bisexual and gay naturists and nudists), maintaining a respectful distance and other safe practices are highly encouraged! The reality of a secondary wave of infection remains a valid concern.

Naked hugs!

Roger/ReNude Pride

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Coronavirus 2 Fault

A brief explanation for the disruption in publication of ReNude Pride. The global pandemic of the coronavirus and the adjustments to our lives as a result is the reason for the interruption of this site. The protocols in place for public health and safety have made the weekly publishing of this blog impossible at this time. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has created.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Begins!

Sunday, September 15, 2019, in the USA marks the official beginning of the Hispanic  Heritage Month here. The event lasts for 30 days and ends October 15. Of course, given the current administrations discriminatory and exclusive practices against both the Hispanics and Muslims allowed entry here, this could very well be among the final observances of this heritage celebration. The current trend could eventually make even the welcoming message on the Statue of Liberty a public lie and therefore obsolete.

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USA: October Is GLBTQ History Month

In the USA, October is celebrated as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (GLBTQ) History Month. This observance is a time when many educators use the opportunity to share highlights with their students of personalities and events throughout history, both contemporary and from the past, that involved or were affected by members of our community. In some instances, the lives of some of the persons featured are historic simply because of their accomplishments and achievements. This observance helps to eradicate the myth that our community is simply a modern phenomenon.

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May Day, 2018

May 1, 2018. May Day. Not the parade of the military armaments available to help destroy the capitalist oppressors of the working proletariat. Those days are hopefully and permanently part of our collective past. What we are commemorating today is the joyous triumph of the flowers over the gloom and drudgery of the wintry barrenness – the delight of color and vitality over  the dreary and the drab. The renewal of life after a long and cold Winter. A celebration of life itself!

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I remember during primary school, we always had a May Day Celebration that always ended with us students dancing around a maypole while weaving colored streamers down the pole. There was always a faun – a mythical creature of the forest intent on creating mischief – who attempted to sabotage the maypoles by tearing down the colorful and decorative streamers.

Unfortunately, I’m unable to remember how we ever prevented the school faun from destroying our class maypole. The mischief-maker was always an upperclassman from the intermediate school (early teen years) so I can’t imagine any of us primary schoolers even offering a serious defense of our handiwork.

One memory that I am absolutely certain about are the floral headbands and bouquets that we were forced to wear. Yes, they definitely added color and a festive ambiance to our celebration, however, they also attracted bees!

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Fortunately, none of us ever got stung by any of our uninvited guests and luckily none of us were allergic to bee-venom. I don’t know if it was the faun or our dancing around the maypole that made the guests behave.

To the best of my knowledge, most May Day observances have fallen by the wayside. It is a pity as they were a very non-sectarian event to celebrate the wonders of Spring that totally lacked any spiritual significance. An innocuous activity that allowed children to be themselves and simply enjoy being alive.

Naked hugs!

Roger/ReNude Pride

 

Arbor Day

Today is Arbor Day in the USA. Another commemoration that often brings to mind images of a person hugging  tree, similar to Earth Day. It is appropriate that the two dates follow so close together during the Spring season. Arbor Day is essentially a school-based celebration for youth to focus on the importance of trees as both a resource for oxygen and as a natural resource that constantly needs replenishing. Many schools sponsor a tree-planting ceremony on this date.

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I’m Unbound!

Author’s Note: Please refer to my previous post, “In A Bind,” (click to view) as an introduction to this post. 

Finally all my discomfort, profanity and overall foul attitude has achieved some sort of result. This past weekend, the weather and the temperatures here on the East Coast of the USA has changed. We went from almost Winter-like conditions to almost Summer weather all within the span of maybe twenty-four hours. I’m just egocentric enough to take full credit for this change in our meteorological circumstance!

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A Penny For My Thoughts? Blogging Update

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Author’s Note: This month, January, 2018, is my first anniversary of blogging here with the title: ReNude Pride. Today’s post is a celebration of this blogging achievement. 

As this month rapidly approaches closing, I would be completely an ungracious fool if I allowed this occasion to pass by without publicly thanking the man who enables me to do this, the man that I love and have committed my life to, my spouse, Aaron. I am grateful for not only his support of my efforts here, but his patiently listening as I share my ideas for this site. I love you, my man!

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