GIF Essay: Skinny-Dip/Beach Play!

Water’s edge: time to strip!

Skinny-dipping (swimming bare/naked/nude) is a perfect activity to engage into during the summer! For us bare practitioners (same gender loving – bisexual or gay – naturists/nudists) the chance to publicly remove all clothing and to join with our fellow devotees and enthusiasts is among the primary reasons why summer is so popular!

Stripping off our swimsuits doesn’t require endless planning or strategy. For many of us, it simply involves walking to our water source as we’re already undressed!

Water’s edge: time to step out of what we stripped off!

Not to worry about the sandy attachments to our buttocks, once we dive into the water, it is all gone anyway! Being bare is absolutely advantageous! If you’ve never skinny-dipped before, make plans to do so now while there’s still time!

Since the evolution of humanity, swimming naturally (naked) had been prevalent. The commercial development of the swimsuit wasn’t a major enterprise until the reign of Queen Victoria in the 1800’s. Up until that time, swimming was primarily segregated by gender in Europe and North America with Africa, Asia, Australia and South America largely ignoring gender discrimination.

The creation of the swimsuit helped to instill the sense of modesty in humanity. This led to the enactment of laws and ordinances against public nudity in general and skinny-dipping specifically – regardless of gender composition.

GIF Essay: Bare Practitioners Beach Play!

A fun post entry of a group of bare practitioner friends having a wonderful August afternoon. The .gif images don’t necessitate the publishing of a detailed text – the visual images are very self-explanatory!

Fun in the sun and on the sand!
Clothing is absolutely not necessary!
The race is on for both amusement and sunshine!
First prize must be a fresh towel!
The “finish wave” was splashed over a while back!
Next activity? Completive rugby!
Gordon wades into the water to cool-off!
Just before he’s swept off his feet by my Twin, Alex!
Unfortunately, all good days must come to an end!
Skinny-dipping is for everyone!

Strip! Become a bare practitioner! Be safe and have fun!

Take care and stay bare!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry for here is planned for Monday, August 30, 2021, and the proposed topic is; “Cool-Down!”

Sixth Anniversary!

Aaron and Roger, together!

August 15, 2015 – August 15, 2021

Aaron and Roger

Six years ago today, Aaron and I were united together, legally married, during the first full year of marriage equality here in the U.S.! After endless encouragement from both of our families, we took the initiative and made our relationship complete. Six years may not seem like a long time for many, however, for the both of us, it marked a significant commitment and the promise of happiness!

Aaron and Roger, true love!

We met one another in the late Springtime, 2010, and moved in with one another very shortly thereafter. We’ve been bromantic (male partners – same gender loving) ever since. We made no effort to legitimize our relationship until the marriage equality issue was completely resolved here in the USA.

Perhaps there is some truth to the traditional adage: “love at first sight!

Aaron and Roger: supporting one another!

Believe it or not, the above image is totally possible! My identical twin brother, Alex, and I are spending this month with our mother this year. As a means to jointly observe our anniversary, Aaron has joined us for a week. Mom lives on the island of Skyros so we’re figuratively and literally surrounded by water. No reason whatsoever to avoid any opportunity to celebrate with a skinny-dipping togetherness!

Aaron and Roger: fondling!

The very first time that Aaron and I met, it was a bare practitioner gathering held at the home of acquaintances. We set eyes on one another without one item of clothing concealing any part of our nudity. As much as possible, we’ve been clothes-free ever since and enjoy and relish our bare practitioner lives!

Pride!

Of course, Alex, Aaron and myself are having a time to confidently be ourselves and to be nothing but proud of our family! The purpose of Alex and my visit – uplifting our Mom’s spirits – appears to be working! Her attitude and outlook has improved, especially with Aaron’s arrival here this past Friday evening!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry for here is planned for Monday, August 23, 2021, and the proposed topic is: “GIF Essay: Skinny-Dip/Beach Play!”

Photo-Essay: Tan-Line Alert!

Tan-Line denoting his thong!

Tan-lines are notorious indicators that the person is most definitely not a dedicated nor a devoted bare practitioner! The proof is on the skin!

Frontal tan-line outline!

A gentle reminder to all of us residing in the Northern Hemisphere: the time is rapidly escaping the “tan-line” deadline. In order to achieve an even skin tone all over your body, strip out of those clothes now!

Same skin tone!

No matter what some people may think, a tan-line is visible on even the extremely fair-skinned men!

Tan-line around his waist!

Another misconception is that tan-lines are only apparent on Caucasian men. All of us have the potential for tan-lines, independent of ethnicity or race!

Please remember to generously apply sunscreen to eliminate any evidence of tan-lines!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Sunday, August 15, 2021, and the proposed topic is: “6th Anniversary!”

“Naked Run” Rum Cocktail!

Come and join me for a beach cocktail!

The summer is an ideal time of the year to relax, be with friends and indulge in a cocktail. For a number of years, I published cocktail recipes here on ReNude Pride for the purpose to share with any interested guests on this site. The theme for those posts was: “Sex On The Beach.” This year, the featured recipe is a relatively new discovery: “The Naked Run!”

This particular cocktail recipe was shared to me by my friend, Kalvin, pictured with me below. He’s the cocktail “specialist” among my friends – my spouse, Aaron, and I are not fans of alcohol.

Myself and Kalvin!

The above photograph of Kalvin and I was taken at the unofficial “bare beach” along a river in central Virginia, the state where Aaron and I reside.

The cocktail!
Racing for their cocktail drink!

“Naked Run” Rum Cocktail Ingredients:

1 and 1/4 ounces light rum

1 and 1/4 ounces dark rum

2 ounces pineapple juice

1 ounce orange juice

1/4 ounce lime juice

1/4 ounce grenadine

Garnish: brandied or maraschino cherry

Directions: mix all the liquids together, serve over a cube of ice. Enjoy!

The ingredients are per serving.

Use caution when consuming alcohol!

Take care and stay bare!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry for here is planned for Monday, August 9, 2021, and the proposed topic is: “Tan-Line Alert!”

Remember:

My twin brother and I are spending August with our mother in Greece. Mom is the priority and during this time I will publish only once a week.

Footnote: August, 2021!

Denoting his proud footnote!

Today’s post entry is a follow-up/reminder to: “August, 2021: Homeward Bound!” (click to view). Hence the use of the label “footnote” in the title.

A friendly and gentle reminder that my identical twin brother, Alex, and I will be with our mother in Greece this month. She misses our father (as do we all) and our visit is to provide some relief to her, our brothers and their families. She is the only mother we’ll ever have – point made!

During this visit, mother is both our priority and purpose. For the month of August, I am modifying my publication schedule for ReNude Pride. Entry postings will publish on Monday ~ only one per week! I anticipate returning to my regular schedule upon my arrival back home in September.

A happy August and naked hugs to all!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry planned for here is tomorrow, Monday, August 2, 2021, and the proposed topic is ” ‘Naked Run’ Rum Cocktail!”

Bottoms-Up! End of July, 2021

Buttocks in a line!

Another final day of yet another full month of the Summer, 2021! Bare buttocks stand in line for our admiration and appreciation! Enjoy the unobstructed view!

Bold and proud bottom!

Outside and in nature is a very natural environment and our buttocks make themselves useful!

A tan-line on buttocks is a tell-tale sign that not everyone is completely “bottoms-up!” with the world! Remember your sunscreen when you step outside!

Beach booties!

The surf is up and so are the “booty-ful” bottoms-up! buttocks at the beach!

Interracial appreciation!

Now is the time to relish the appreciation and desirability of the buttocks between men. Bottoms-Up! in gratitude!

A skinny-dipper in the pool!

There is no better time than the present to offer awesome proof that undeniably our buttocks do indeed float!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry planned for here is tomorrow, Sunday, August 1, 2021, and the proposed topic is ” Footnote: August, 2021!”

Enough Hateful Hyperbole!

Leo Kage “shields” Daniel Shoneye from full view!

Background:

When Daniel Shoneye (above, left) and his identical twin brother, Darren Shoneye, initially posed in settings that appealed to their fellow bare practitioners (us) – they were promoted as somewhat reluctant to share their complete nakedness. This false impression of modesty was short-lived and occasionally blamed on their embarrassment over removing all of their body hair (arms, armpits, head, leg and pubic). Currently, neither Daniel nor Darren exhibit any misgiving or qualm over publicly being what they both openly and proudly acknowledge: bare practitioners who remove their body hair!

The two muscle-men are Nigerian-born British subjects and have adapted to their careers with remarkable certainty and ease. They have no problems with being desirable and handsome gay naturists and confidently encourage all of us to be bold, dedicated and proud of being ourselves!

The Dilemma:

In the headline picture (above), Leo Kage (right) willingly uses his right hand to protect Daniel Shoneye’s penis from view. This particular image is widely available in the bare practitioner community because of the debates it generated within this population. “How can someone (Daniel Shoneye) identify as a bare practitioner (male same gender loving naturist/nudist) and imply modesty?” The two characteristics are basically and essentially incompatible! Within certain groups of this community, the same arguments continue even today!

Leo Kage

Leo Kage (aka – also known as – “Amadeus”) miraculously escapes any of the abuse, criticism or disdain from our community for appearing in the opening image. This despite the fact that it is his hand concealing Daniel’s manhood. Perhaps it is because he isn’t obviously trying to conceal any part of himself. He is truly “hanging out” naturally and oblivious to any critical judgment or protest. Same gender loving male nudists can’t bring themselves to disparage someone who is content with being himself! Maybe that is what keeps him “free from sin!”

Bonus points: Leo Kage has a profitable and successful pornography career!

Shoneye twins: Daniel (left) and Darren (right)!

The Situation:

However, the Shoneye twins aren’t so fortunate. Irregardless their primed physiques and masculine and muscular attributes, their perceived hesitancy in fully displaying their preference for clothes freedom (wearing none) both bothers have chronically and repeatedly been subjected to verbal and written assault for misrepresenting themselves as committed bare practitioners.

Daniel and Darren, both together and individually, make no illusions over the reality of their sexuality (gay) nor their lifestyle (naturist). In a joint interview with a British gay magazine several years ago, they readily admitted that they regretted following the directions of their professional photographer and publicist who recommended their posing “modestly.” That ill-fated advice clearly “set the stage” for confusion and controversy.

The Shoneye twins: posing discretion!

Subsequent photos showing the twins posing have not eliminated the complaints against the dynamic siblings. Detractors still accentuate their “deceit” and their “greed.” Some accuse them of simply being the proverbial “gay for pay!” Enough is enough! Get a life!

Darren Shoneye (left) and Daniel Shoneye (right)!

The Nonsense!

As bare practitioners, we encourage all people, no matter their lifestyle or sexuality to be themselves. This is a basic human right. Daniel and Darren (aka “Junior”) have the same right to be themselves! Accept it or not, just move forward in life. There’s nothing anyone can do now that will change what has already happened. Let’s all leave the past behind us!

Bare buttocks!

Both Daniel and Darren are same gender loving men! Accept it!

Both Daniel and Darren are naturist/nudist! Accept it! Move on!

Darren Shoneye (left) and Daniel Shoneye (right)!

Id Daniel and Darren want to remove all their body hair – fine! It is their decision to make. We may not agree with it, but it isn’t our concern. It may make them feel more masculine – so be it! We all groom ourselves according to a variety of preferences and reasons.

If they use their hands to conceal their genitalia, what’s the issue? I’ve been in many social nudist functions where a significant number of men inadvertently do the same. How about those among us who are “new” to nudity? Do we criticize them? Let everyone be themselves at their own pace.

Not all of us are spontaneously comfortable being bare publicly, even if we are all nude. Let’s allow each one of us to determine their own level of confidence with their own nakedness. The ultimate goal of being a bare practitioner is personal freedom, happiness and satisfaction. We should all respect this and not judge others based on our own particular habits or traits.

Modesty is an attribute that the majority of us acquire from our parents, culture and/or religion. Some of us may flippantly disregard this as arbitrary while others may undergo a long process of gradually alleviating the guilt and pain through diligence and practice. Again, respect and tolerance is vitally important in order to attain true happiness. We all need to allow everyone their own space for development and growth!

Daniel Shoneye!

Those men who are relatively “new” to body hair removal may feel awkward and self-conscious when first appearing publicly without their body hair. This is a typical reaction and deserves understanding rather than degrading. Critics often employ their negativity in order to conceal their own insecurity and/or jealousy.

Darren Shoneye (right) and his boyfriend!

An absent accusation against the Shoneye twins is one based or racial bias. Despite claims of equality and progress in matters of acceptance, prejudice based on the color of one’s skin (especially blatant when we’re bare) remains a disgusting reality. However, in this current age, it assumes a subtle format.

The large number of followers attracted to the Shoneye twins has always been contentious to members of our community who abhor interracial harmony and inclusion. In this day, these malcontents resort to other issues in order to disguise their discriminatory racial motives.

It is indeed ironic that the labels of “deceit” and “fraud” (among others) they hurl against Daniel and Darren are now applicable against themselves. Positive proof of the truth of the adage: “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones!”

Community implies unity. As bare practitioners, we should do the same and not point out blame!

Our community of bare practitioners needs fairness, honesty and tolerance as a solid denominator. Let’s all strive for generous inclusiveness instead of hypocritical notoriety as our standard to bear. We all need to give to others what we expect them to give to us!

Take care and stay bare!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry planned for here is Saturday, July 31, 2021, and the proposed topic is: “Bottoms-Up! End of July, 2021!”

Thank you to Daniel and Darren Shoneye for your commitment, courage, dedication and loyalty to the bare practitioner community!

E. Lynn Harris, Author!

Naturally reading in Nature!

E. Lynn Harris, a gay author of note, will always be a favorite of mine. His saddening, shocking and sudden death on this exact date – July 23, 2009 – only secured his stature in my mind. “Gone too soon” and “such a tragic loss” have become two phrases that many of his fans associate with his name. His readership crossed both cultural and racial boundaries that few imagined possible. Unfortunately, his demise has left an empty void in contemporary same gender loving male authors.

E. Lynn Harris, June 20, 1955 – July 23, 2009

E. Lynn Harris (pictured above) admiration and appreciation was one of the very first common bonds that forged the close platonic friendship that exists between Jay and myself. We first met at a nude cocktail party just before Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration in January, 2009. One of the author’s paperback novels had been left in the booth where we were sitting and immediately initiated our conversation. Our friendship endures and we frequently re-read his novels and re-examine details we’ve overlooked previously.

Jay and Roger avatar!

Was E. Lynn Harris a “down-low” bare practitioner?

He publicly acknowledged being gay and proud. Was he also a naturist/nudist, too? If he had lived longer, would he have openly and proudly “owned” his nude preference?

Removing his socks!

Jay and I recently reviewed Harris’ “I Say A Little Prayer” 2006 novel. One of the very first comments that Jay shared with me was the observation that “…I’ve never noticed before his familiarity with nudity!” This remark left me utterly clueless – flabbergasted – so much so that I had to immediately return to the book – again!

Bookcover: “I Say A Little Prayer”

The main character in this novel is Chauncey Greer. Harris refers to Chauncey’s first attendance at a clothes free social club for bisexual and gay men: “I didn’t wear underwear because the invite specified that no clothing could be worn once you entered the club.” The Back Door was the name of a group or event in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted by well-to-do Black men that prohibited the wearing of any clothing at their functions.

Although the entire event discussed in Chapter 6 was exclusively bare, Chauncey revealed no embarrassment or shame being naked. He observed the sexual freedom exhibited at the social gathering with no judgment on the participants even though he (Chauncey, the main character) did not engage in any type of sexual activity.

Throughout the novel, Harris writes of encounters the men attending The Back Door had with others they met at the social nudist event and acknowledged their recognition of one another from the party – again, free from any bias or negative consideration. Their shared bare practitioner experience was viewed as simply another normal or routine meeting, regardless of their nudity and sexuality.

In later chapters, Harris returns Chauncey to reflecting his comfort and relaxation in being bare while contemplating his relationships with his friends such a Skylar, Basil and Griffen. The nudity issue remained a complete nonissue as far as he was concerned.

Both Jay and I were so normalized by our own bare practitioner lives that this revelation was unimpressive and totally regular. In discussing this phenomenon, we wondered together if this was a subtle admission from E. Lynn Harris of his own personal comfort with being a bare practitioner.

Rest in peace, E. Lynn Harris!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry planned for here is Monday, July 26, 2021, and the proposed topic is: “Enough Nonsense!”

A Decade Later!

Reflections over the past decade!

All of us have “transition” moments, events or periods in our individual lives when a change began or occurred that altered our journey. Some are recognized and easily remembered and others merely fade into memory. Ten years ago today, July 19, 2011, such an occasion happened for me.

Just before receiving my undergraduate degree, I became an HIV/AIDS prevention education instructor for my local chapter of the American Red Cross. I volunteered for this because of the devastation effect this disease had on three distinct communities that I was a part of: Deaf, same gender loving (gay) and the naturist/nudist following. I felt the underlying need to inform others of the necessary preventions to change the situation. This initiated a dedication to the Red Cross from that moment until ten years ago today.

I progressed from a chapter instructor involved with my communities to the next level as an instructor-trainer with the Red Cross – I became the person who taught others how to conduct educational sessions. In my local chapter, I eventually became the chapter’s HIV/AIDS prevention education chairman. During this time, my instructor-trainer category expanded into three different categories: basics (general population), African-American, and into the Workplace curriculum. All of these positions were voluntary with no financial compensation nor expectation.

Outside of my local chapter, I was encouraged to join a Washington, D.C., metropolitan task force of Red Cross chapters created to design and implement a fundamental peer education curriculum focusing on teenage educators. For almost three years we engaged in the job of building a group that would perform educational outreach to their own age group on prevention skills and techniques to their peers in reducing risks of HIV infection.

American Red Cross HIV educators T-shirt.

My longevity with the local and national American Red Cross HIV/AIDS prevention education movement ended on this date a decade ago. My co-instructor and I met to set-up for our last class together – which lasted from July 25 – July 29, 2011, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. After renewing our identifications for the National Capitol Area chapter we unloaded our equipment and textbooks and organized the materials in the order needed. After a morning of work, we concluded our togetherness with a nice quiet lunch.

Over the course of our social meal, we both engaged in the acknowledgement that this would be the very last class that we would teach together for the national faculty. The American Red Cross no longer received government funds to continue to the HIV/AIDS education prevention curriculum and the national effort was rapidly disappearing. Supplies were no longer provided and curriculum development had ceased.

As our conversation progressed, we recalled many instances from our past eleven years of co-teaching classes where humor and silliness invaded our shared classroom – both from the students and ourselves! Our teamwork had created a very productive environment for not only those we taught but for us, as well!

After a total of almost two decades of time with the American Red Cross HIV awareness and prevention efforts, my voluntary “secondary” career drew to a close. It felt good to know that I had made a difference in the lives of others. A reward that I continue to cherish even today.

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Friday, July 23, 2021 and the proposed topic is: “E. Lynn Harris, Author!”

August, 2021: Homeward Bound!

Twins!

It is now officially confirmed! My identical twin brother, Alex, and I will spend almost the entire month of August, 2021, with our mother – and the rest of our brothers and their families – in Greece. Since our father’s death in November, 2018, our matriarch has been stoic and in good health. However, lately, she is suffering with depression and missing our father (completely understandable).

So, Alex and I are attempting to give the rest of our familial tribe a break from maternal duties and cares and try to liven her mood and entertain her in our own special way – unfortunately, we’ll have to burden ourselves with clothing for the better part of the month! No one else in our family is as enthusiastic about being active bare practitioners as we both are!

Identical brothers!

While we’re at our Mom’s, we’ll have moments to ourselves and can comfortably relax while completely bare. There is a promise of relief from cumbersome garments in that way and of course, skinny-dipping is always an option!

I plan to continue publishing ReNude Pride while away but with a minor modification for the month of August, 2021. I will continue with post entries at least one per week for the duration of my absence from home. Our priority is spending quality time with our mother!

Aaron, my spouse, does intend to join us around the middle of the month as we celebrate our 6th Anniversary together! At this moment, we have no knowledge of when – or if – Twin’s partner will be able to make a trip over.

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next planned post entry here is for Monday, July 19, 2021, and the proposed topic is: “A Decade Later!”