Gay Naturists International (GNI) began in 1981 as part of The Naturist Society (TNS). In 1993, we became an independent organization. Through our affiliated clubs, we lend a bare hand to any fellow who’s comfortable being gay and naked.
We also help the Naturist Action Committee (NAC) promote social nudism, and in maintaining and expanding clothing-optional recreation zones.
GNI is open to all gay, bisexual, and gay-friendly men who are at least 21 years old.
The Naturist Society begins to promote legalized nude recreation on public lands.
TNS develops a special-interest group, Gay and Lesbian Naturists (GLN), chaired by the late Murray Kaufman, which inspires local groups including:
The Everglades Rawhides, Miami
Males Au Naturel, New York City.
The Greater Atlanta Naturist Group
Murray Kaufman, capitalizing on this success, decides the GLN should have a Gathering of their own at Summit Lodge. It was simple, unstructured and informal.
A second, slightly larger Gathering is held.
The third and fourth Gatherings are held at Hauska House, a gay couple’s private country home in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
The Gathering is held at Camp Saginaw in Pennsylvania.
The Gathering moves to its current location, where GNI hosts up to 800 guests every August.
Gay and Lesbian Naturists is reorganized and incorporated as a standalone organization, Gay Naturists International (GNI). The new group devotes itself to men as only one woman was ever a member, and she never attended the Gathering.
GNI begins to sponsor sellout nude cruises and tropical resort experiences.
Naked Getaway™, GNI’s nude mini-vacation for men is launched in collaboration with naturist clubs, clothing-optional resorts, and other local entities.
The Gathering celebrates its 25th anniversary.
GNI organizes its first NakedFest™ in northern Maryland.
The members-only quarterly publication of The Gay Naturist Informer becomes a publicly read publication called The Gay Naturist E-former that can be read on computers, laptops, and mobile devices, or downloaded as a PDF.
GNI celebrates its 30th Anniversary event in the Pocono Mountains.
GNI unveils a new branded logo to take us into the future of male naturism.