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!

USA: Dr. Martin L. King Day

The Reverend Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.

The Reverend Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day was enacted by the US Congress (legislative body) to honor the legacy of the assassinated civil rights and equality rights activist. The social justice movement led by Rev. Dr. King was infamous for its nonviolent and peaceful protests. Congress chose the date of Dr. King’s birthday for the holiday. A subsequent congressional act determined the official holiday observance to be the third Monday during January, annually.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was actually born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the son of Reverend Michael J. King, Sr, and Alberta Williams King. In 1934, after attending the Baptist World Alliance conference in Germany, the elder Rev. King had both his and his minor son’s names legally changed to Martin Luther in honor of the German protestant Christian reformer.

A notable quotation by the Reverend Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.

In his public life, Dr. King was a noted clergyman and committed pacifist who was openly opposed to the US involvement in the South Vietnamese war. He was also a recipient of the Nobel Peace Award.

The period in American history to which Reverend Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., was born, grew up and lived through will forever be notorious for it’s cruelty, inequality, terror and violence inflicted upon the persons of color (African-Americans, Indigenous people/Native American and Hispanic-Americans). The USA – the “cradle of democracy” -recognized and sanctioned, either legally or by practice, the reality of segregation (separation based on race).

This widespread discrimination forced millions of persons born in the USA to suffer the acceptable consequences of “second-class” citizenship (or worse). This enabled Caucasian Americans to qualify for exemplary status in benefits, education, living and working while the same was denied to all of the nonwhite population. Thus, democracy and freedom was available only to white Americans.

Managing to survive in such a restricted environment enabled Dr. King to recognize the inequalities and unfairness of the American system and this knowledge guided him into a leadership position to combat injustice. From early on, he admired and understood the religious belief and teachings of nonviolence and respect and he adopted these principles in this activism. The system made him suffer. His suffering made made the system insufferable.

Dr. King promoting income guarantees.

Dr. King gained international recognition as he initiated boycotts, demonstrations and protests over the prevalent “Jim Crow” laws (official enactments that mandated segregation and seriously restricted the civil rights of nonwhite Americans) across the southern USA (the old confederacy) and beyond. These actions led to decisions and legislation to enact equality not only in the southern states but throughout the entire USA. He soon became known as a widely controversial yet very popular social and political activist. At the same time, he became famous and respected on the world stage as a global humanitarian, devoted to the improvement of the “quality of life” for everyone.

Martin L. King’s advocacy for civil rights expanded to include social justice for all Americans, regardless of their racial identification and/or ethnic heritage. At a time when the USA was increasing involvement in southeast Asia’s Vietnam War, he used his commitment to the strategy of nonviolent dissension and protest to become a proponent of a peaceful solution to the conflict. His combination of his public activism and his religious values enhanced his role in the eventual US withdrawal from military engagement in the Vietnamese civil war.

March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs

The Reverend Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., orchestrated the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s (SCLC) dominant role in the historical March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom which occurred on Sunday, August 28, 1963. He also delivered the keynote address at that event in what has since become as his “I have a dream…” speech.

Although not his most eloquent public pronouncement, the achievements (at that time, the largest attended gathering in Washington, DC) and the reality (first protest broadcast nationally on television) have made his remarks his most well-known public speech. His delivery of this address was both heartfelt and spontaneous. He actually began his intended speech but was soon inspired to discard his notes and delivered this message instead.

This demonstration, in the August humidity and sunshine, was historical as at the time it was held, it became the largest event to ever happen on the National Mall. Official attendance estimates of the audience reached 120,000. The actual event itself was peaceful and without a major incident. Most broadcast and print journalists had projected violent episodes throughout the day. Dr. King’s charisma and influence were attributed to the overall “American” success of the entire day. His admiration and respect from white people soared after this day, gaining for him a following that was no longer limited by racial identity.

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was brutally assassinated by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tennessee, on the evening of April 4, 1968. He was in Memphis in support of striking sanitation workers. He was buried in Atlanta, Georgia (his birthplace) following a public state funeral on April 7, 1968. His remains were reinterred in the Martin L. King, Jr, Memorial Park in 2011.

He was survived by his wife, Coretta Scott King and their four children, Yolanda, Martin L. III, Dexter Scott and Bernice.

Dr. Martin L. King Jr. funeral procession

Entrance to the Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Memorial Park, National Mall, Washington, DC

The Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Memorial, National Mall, Washington, DC

It is both ironic and poignant that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, located on the National Mall, Washington, DC, is the first national monument to an African-American was dedicated by the first African-American elected as president, President Obama, in 2011.

Dr. Martin L. King’s Achievements:

Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

Co-Founder, 1957; President until death

March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs

Principal organizer and keynote speaker, August 28, 1963

Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

received from His Majesty, King Gustaf VI Adolph of Sweden

October 14, 1964

Posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom

received from President Jimmy Carter

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Naked hugs!

Roger/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next posting here is planned for Friday, January 22, 2021 and the proposed topic is January Occasions.

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)!

Aaron and Roger’s joint emblem

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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