About Us

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.

Timeline

Early 80’s
  • 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


1985:
  • 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.


1986:
  • A second, slightly larger Gathering is held.


1987 & 1988:
  • The third and fourth Gatherings are held at Hauska House, a gay couple’s private country home in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.


1989 & 1991:
  • The Gathering is held at Camp Saginaw in Pennsylvania.


1992:
  • The Gathering moves to its current location, where GNI hosts up to 800 guests every August.


1993:
  • 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.


2004:
  • GNI begins to sponsor sellout nude cruises and tropical resort experiences.


2007:
  • Naked Getaway™, GNI’s nude mini-vacation for men is launched in collaboration with naturist clubs, clothing-optional resorts, and other local entities.


2009:
  • The Gathering celebrates its 25th anniversary.


2014:
  • 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.


2015:
  • 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.

BARING IT ALL: ABOUT US


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.

Timeline

Early 80’s
  • 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


1985:
  • 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.


1986:
  • A second, slightly larger Gathering is held.


1987 & 1988:
  • The third and fourth Gatherings are held at Hauska House, a gay couple’s private country home in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.


1989 & 1991:
  • The Gathering is held at Camp Saginaw in Pennsylvania.


1992:
  • The Gathering moves to its current location, where GNI hosts up to 800 guests every August.


1993:
  • 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.


2004:
  • GNI begins to sponsor sellout nude cruises and tropical resort experiences.


2007:
  • Naked Getaway™, GNI’s nude mini-vacation for men is launched in collaboration with naturist clubs, clothing-optional resorts, and other local entities.


2009:
  • The Gathering celebrates its 25th anniversary.


2014:
  • 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.


2015:
  • 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.

Mission


Gay Naturists International’s mission is to serve as a resource to male naturists by hosting and sponsoring men’s naturist events and providing information and resources to individuals and local clubs. In addition, GNI is a voice for gay naturists in wider naturist efforts to educate society about naturism and to advance the interests of naturists worldwide.

Statement On Sexuality


Our goal is to promote healthy, legal, non-sexual nude recreation. While GNI knows sex is natural, sex is not equated with naturism. We respect our members for their individuality (whether or not they choose to express their sexuality), seek to respect individual sensibilities as may be appropriate, and encourage our members to do the same. We also encourage sexually active individuals to practice safer sex.

President’s Message


Welcome to Gay Naturists International (GNI)

Whether you live life in the nude, or just enjoy the freedom of occasionally hanging out with other naked guys, welcome to Gay Naturists International!

For 30+ years, we’ve been at the forefront of efforts to provide venues and activities for gay, bisexual and gay-friendly male naturists. When we shed our clothes, we shed much of what separates us. It allows us to connect on deeper and different levels. We see and accept each other, and ourselves, for who we are. This is the spirit that brings our members together year after year at The Gathering and draws new and old members to our popular NakedFest. It’s like a family reunion. Even if you can’t attend NakedFest or The Gathering, I hope you can join us at other GNI-sponsored events to get a taste of the fun and fellowship!

In addition to our growing list of events, we offer exclusive discounts to GNI members, and give you a private place to interact with fellow members online. We’re also the most reliable source for information on local male naturist organizations (view the internet’s most accurate and comprehensive listing of male nudist clubs here), and continually work to strengthen these ties. And finally, we’re your link to the wider naturist community, through the Naturist Action Committee (NAC). NAC stands up for your rights, which is crucial in the fight to preserve clothing-optional and nude beaches.

So what are you waiting for?

Strip off your clothes and join us—it’s fun!

Naked Hugs,
Dan M., President