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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
FAQ / HELP
Welcome to our General FAQ and Help page
Click a category below to jump to that section’s FAQs.
For FAQ’s on The Gathering, please visit our Gathering FAQ and Help page for questions and answers specifically about The Gathering.
1. Membership Questions
2. Online Membership Directory Questions
3. Nude Club Questions
4. The Gay Naturist Informer / Advertising Questions
1. Membership Questions
The membership dues help defer the cost of administrative expenses that GNI incurs in order to provide you with our quarterly publication – The Gay Naturist Informer
and our interactive online community through our Member Directory
. Membership dues are due annually by the last day of the anniversary month you join GNI, unless you’ve paid for one of the multiple- year options or have become a Lifetime member. (Lifetime memberships are no longer available). Also, by being a member, you are the first to be invited to our annual Gathering or other events that GNI may be planning!
GNI does not sponsor “official” events in any local/regional area. We leave that up to our affiliated
and non-affiliated nudist clubs throughout the world. The only official GNI events are our annual Gathering
held in August in Pennsylvania, two Bone Island Bare It All Weekend
events held in Key West each July and December and other cities are coming on board, and the Nude Adventures co-sponsored with Source Events
. We are also looking for a second Gathering location (to be held in the winter) in a warm location. GNI will make announcements of additional venues that are planned as negotiations are finalized.
Well, that depends on the type of membership you desire. There are multiple year options to consider which gives you an incremental price reduction. See our Membership Rates
link for a detailed schedule of current rates. GNI reserves the right to change these rates at any time without advance notice.
All kinds of guys join GNI! There are no real restrictions other than you must be male and over the age of 21. If you meet that criteria and want to have fun with thousands of naked guys, join us
The Business Office will e-mail you your personal Username & Password which will grant you access to the Members Only
section of our web site which includes our online social community. There you will be able to maintain your personal profile and interact with other nudists in a private group setting restricted to GNI members only.
Gay Naturists International. While we’re based in Tucson Arizona and most members are American, we are seeing, celebrating, and thrilled by a growth of international memberships. We would like to see more international members from all over the world!
Why, yes! Isn’t that the purpose of joining a nudist group? GNI is a naturist organization. We are not “clothing-optional.” However, during our annual Gathering
, there may be inclement weather in which we allow members to wear clothes. Also, as you may see in some of our online photographs, members are sometimes dressed in costume. These pictures are from our theme parties at our Gathering and should not be considered representative of what everyone wears when clothes are worn.
No, females are not allowed to become members of GNI or to join us at any event we may sponsor.
No, GNI does not have discounted rates for couples, but does offer discounts for multi-year memberships. Check our Membership Rates link for more information. Once a year, GNI organizes a membership drive in which our annual dues are substantially discounted for active, inactive, and new members. Membership drives announcements will be made in advance and posted on the website so everyone can take advantage of our special offer.
Yes. Only GNI members may attend our annual Gathering
. The Business Office suggests that you join GNI well in advance to ensure that you receive The Gathering information timely. GNI members in good standing receive first notice for, and an invitation to, our Gathering.
Yes, we do. We have tried to make the sign-up and payment process as simple as possible for both of our domestic and international members. GNI will accept personal checks, money orders, and traveler’s checks (payable in US funds) as long as they are drawn on a US bank. For added convenience, we also take Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and PayPal (for membership dues, only). To become a new member or to renew your membership, click here —Apply Online.
Yes, you may. GNI has an online Membership Application form that is simple to complete and user-friendly. We will process your membership and payment through a secure server. You may apply for membership online or renew your current membership anytime by clicking on this link — Apply Online.
We rely on our members to inform the Business Office with change of addresses, telephone numbers, e-mails, etc. It is the only way we can ensure that all of your information is correct and that you receive correspondence from us at your new home. You may contact the GNI Business Office
to inform us of your move by telephone, fax, e-mail, letter, postcard, sticky-notes, or any other way you can possibly think of!
About 60% of our members are single and the other 40% are couples. Many single men have attended our Gathering
only to find their partner during the week. If you are single and are looking for a partner who shares a naturist lifestyle, you may want to join us at our Gathering, too! We also have many naturist couples who attend our event year after year and continue to meet other men for fun!
With our membership of approximately 1,100 active members at any one given time, the average age of the guys is approximately 48 years old. Thus, about half of our membership is younger (but no younger than 21) and the other half is older. We have guys of all ages so the chances that you will find an age range that most appeals to you is excellent!
Electronic members are rarely mailed anything through the USPS unless specifically asked and paid for through our a la carte mailing option. Occasionally, GNI will mail a brochure on behalf of Source Events
for co-sponsored adventures. Thus, if you are afraid of receiving mail at your home, we suggest that you obtain a post office box or private mail box to ensure your privacy. We have also become more sensitive to the requests of men who do not want any reference of GNI on our mailings. Thus, the only information that you will see on the correspondence we send to you is our return address. Even the letters “GNI” do not exist on our postal mailings. Please be assured that GNI respects everyone’s privacy and discretion and in no way would want to compromise our member’s interest in naturism to anyone.
No. GNI does not distribute, either in whole or in part, the membership list to anyone for any reason. We do have an online social community which lists our members who voluntarily desire to publish this information to other members. Your listing in the Member Directory is purely optional and GNI does not require anyone to be listed at any time. How individuals may use this Member Directory is out of the control of GNI; however, we do encourage our members to keep our Member Directory information confidential. If you are concerned that your personal information is available to the public, you can hide your own profile or you can contact the GNI Business Office
and ask to be hidden from public view.
On the Membership Application
form, there is a field that you can check which states, “Do not list me in the Directory
.” By checking this field, no personal information will be published by GNI at any time, but you will still receive official correspondence from the Business Office. GNI respects everyone’s privacy and will make every effort to ensure only the information you want (or don’t want) printed is done. At times, mistakes do occur as we are only human. If you’ve provided your listing preference and a mistake has been made, please accept our apologies and notify us so we can make an immediate change.
You may send us a photograph of yourself or upload your own photo to your personal profile. Your profile photo should be a facial shot only, preferably bare chested. It should have good contrast (not too light or dark), and be clear. The size of the picture should be about the size of a passport photo. If you have a digital picture (.jpg preferred), you can email it to the GNI Business Office
. All photos become the property of GNI and will not be returned. Also, be sure that you include your full name, city and state with your picture to ensure the image is matched with your information. Profile photos that are not facial shots will be removed by GNI.
If a member chooses to cancel his membership for any reason, there are no refunds as stated in the GNI Bylaws. Memberships are also non-transferable, unless there are extenuating circumstances. A membership may be transferred with the approval from the Board of Directors.
The easiest thing to do is to log in to the Member Directory and view your profile. You will see the expiration date of your membership at the top of your profile. The Business Office tracks the expiration dates of every GNI member and issues a 30-day, 15-day, and 3 -day renewal notice with an online application form. At this time, you should pay your dues if you want to continue your membership uninterrupted. You are also free to update all of your membership information as needed (which you can do anytime during the year, too!). If you’ve moved and have not notified the Business Office of your change of address, your membership may lapse. Thus, it is important that you keep the GNI Business Office
informed of your changes. If a member does not pay his dues at the time of his expiration date, he becomes an inactive member and will not receive any further correspondence from GNI except an occasional e-mail sent to inactive members. Members whose memberships have expired will receive an email from the Business Office notifying them of this.
Chances are if you live in a large city, there is a nudist club near you. But if you do live in an area that does not host a nudist club, contact our Club Liaison
for more information on who to contact and how to start your own club.
Check out our Clubs
link for a listing of all the clubs worldwide. If you don’t find a club in a given area, feel free to start your own! We’ll be happy to help you get started.
2. Online Membership Directory Questions
You may contact the GNI Administrator
at any time for more information about anything regarding GNI or naturism in general. The Business Office is equipped to assist members and non-members with information that may be useful to those who may be traveling, interested in naturism, who may be in need of legal referrals for nude sunbathing, etc. The Business Office is a great place to start. Our Administrator, Rick, will direct you to those who can help you or answer your questions if he is unable to directly assist you.
GNI very much wants to keep in contact with you throughout the year. We send occasional announcements to our membership regarding their membership renewals, Gathering registration announcements, NAC (Naturist Action Committee) alerts, GNI Board elections, and other venues that GNI has planned throughout the year. The reason why you may not be receiving our messages may be for a variety of reasons:
1. Your e-mail provider may have erroneously identified GNI’s e-mail as a spam. This is especially true if you use either AOL or Yahoo for your e-mail. Please check your spam or junk mail inbox and look for GNI’s e-mail. If you find our e-mail, be sure to add gaynaturists.org
domains to your Safe Sender’s list.
2. Your e-mail address may be incorrect in our database. If you’ve recently changed your e-mail address, be sure to update your online profile so we can keep in contact with you. We do try to update bouncing e-mails with new ones if we can identify them, but we cannot guarantee that we can do this in every instance. It is up to you to keep your profile information current, or at least notify the Business Office
of any changes to your contact information.
3. You may have opted out of GNI’s e-mail Contact Center program. We have found that members who click on the “UNSUBSCRIBE” link found at the bottom of our e-mails opts out of all future contact that GNI makes with our members. If that is the case, we will not attempt to send you e-mail through a different method. Opting out of mass e-mails
While we strongly encourage you to NOT opt out of our group mailing list, you are free to do so at your discretion. This is fair warning: if you opt out of our group e-mail list, GNI will not make any additional efforts to keep in contact with you either by e-mail, phone, or snail mail. If you miss important announcements or opportunities that are provided to other members who receive our communications, we will not be held responsible for your decision to opt out of our electronic communications from us through our online Contact Center nor will we extend any deadlines for special offers, discounts, etc. to anyone that has opted out of our group list. Please exercise great caution and understand the ramifications before you decide to exercise this option. All e-mails that are sent through our Contact Center are archived in a members’ profile and can be viewed anytime.
Although GNI offers online membership application for new and renewing members, the information that is electronically submitted by you is NOT processed in real time. The information is held in an encrypted file until the Business Office has a chance to charge your credit card, create, and activate your online profile. When that process has been completed, you will be notified via e-mail of your Username and Password. There will be a delay between the time you submit your application and the time that you will gain access to your profile. This period is usually no more than a few days. Oftentimes, memberships are processed the same day. Thank you for your patience.
For new members, the Business Office assigns you a random Username and Password, and then notifies you of your login credentials. Once you have been given your Username and Password, you have access to your online profile using the Username and Profile we have provided. Once logged in, you can then choose a Username and Password of your own.
Members can hide or unhide their profile in the Member Directory anytime they wish. It’s easy to do and can be done anytime. Here are the steps:
1. Login to your profile using your login credentials on the Member Directory
2. Click on “My Profile
” in the main navigation bar.
3. Click on “Edit Profile
” under the “My Status” box.
4. Uncheck the box entitled, “Hide Profile from Search Results
” found at the top of your profile information.
5. Click the “Save
Your profile is now unhidden and can be viewed by you and other members in search requests.
Using the Username and Password on file, log in to the Member Directory, click on “My Profile,” click on “Edit Profile,” then edit the field for your Username and Password. Be sure to click on SAVE at the bottom of the screen to save your changes. The next time you log in, you will use your new Username and Password.
If you discover that you’ve submitted incorrect information on your application (which can happen since we’re all human), simply email the GNI Business Office
to let us know what information should be corrected. We’ll make every effort to correct the information as soon as possible. You will also be able to log in to your online profile and make any corrections yourself, so there is no reason to panic if information needs to be corrected.
The Business Office prefers that you use the automated online assistance tool. Any member who has a valid email address on file can visit our website, click on the “Forgot Password?
” link, enter your e-mail address and submit your request. Within a few minutes, you will receive an automated e-mail informing you of your Username and Password. You are also welcome to e-mail the GNI Business Office
, but if you do so, you may not receive an immediate response. In lieu of waiting for the office to respond to your request, we recommend that you use the online assistance tool.
Sometimes mistakes happen. You don’t want an e-mail from us so instead of deleting the e-mail from your inbox, you click on “unsubscribe” found at the bottom of every e-mail that we send through GNI’s Contact Center. (It’s Federal Law that an unsubscribe link be included in all mass e-mails). Or, you forwarded one of our e-mails to a friend of yours who clicked on the unsubscribe link, thinking that he was subscribed to GNI’s e-mail, but inadvertently unsubscribed *you* instead. Now you want to opt back in to the Contact Center and receive e-mail from GNI. Here are the steps to resubscribe yourself. Please note that the Administrator is NOT able to resubscribe you as this is a permission available only to the individual member.
- Log in to your profile with your Username and Password.
- Click on “My Profile” in the top navigation bar.
- Place your cursor on the “My Profile” tab immediately to the right of “My Community“.
- From the drop down box, click on “Contact Preferences“.
- In the top section of the page entitled “Contact Preference” there are two radio buttons: 1). I do not want to receive emails sent to multiple recipients, and 2). I want to receive emails sent to multiple recipients. You will see that the radio button for the first option is checked. Click the radio button for the second option – “I want to receive emails sent to multiple recipients.”
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “SAVE.”
You have now resubscribed yourself to GNI’s Contact Center.
Yes, you can. But it makes communicating with you very difficult. In order for GNI to offer our members the electronic membership rates, we must use the technology provided in order for us to most effectively communicate with you. If you do not have a computer or an e-mail address that we can use to contact you, GNI does not have any way to use our electronic communication tools to keep you informed. Thus, you will not receive any contact from GNI.
All correspondence issued through our contact center is archived in your profile, so you will be able to electronically access every e-mail we’ve sent you if you have access to a computer.
There are a number of free e-mail services (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Live!) that we would suggest you investigate. In order to have an Electronic membership, you must use a valid e-mail address that will accept mail from the gaynaturists.org and memberclicks.com domains.
Absolutely, yes! Each member of GNI has his own individual profile in the Member Directory. Each profile is unique to the member’s name, not to the e-mail address that is used. When a couple’s profile is created, both members will be notified of their Username and Password log-in information. The information will be sent to the same e-mail address, though. Be sure to check your incoming mail regularly.
The online assistance tool will be able to send both of your Usernames and Passwords to the e-mail address that is on file with GNI in our Member Directory. Click on the “Forgot Password?
” link found in the upper-right corner of any webpage, enter the e-mail address that both of you use and submit your request. Within a few minutes, you will receive an automated e-mail informing you of your Usernames and Passwords. Because you are both using the same e-mail address, the automated reply will contain both Usernames and Passwords for each of you.
If your partner does not have an e-mail address, GNI will need to rely on you to communicate important announcements to him. We will set his profile up with your e-mail address. You will receive two e-mails from GNI; one for you and one for him.
If you cancel your e-mail account, GNI will not contact you through electronic means any longer. If you give up your e-mail, or remove GNI from allowing access to communicate with you, we will keep sending you electronic messages that will be archived in your individual profiles under “View Message History.” Otherwise, we will not attempt to contact you through other means.
Once you log in to your profile, in the UPPER LEFT corner of the navigation bar, you’ll see a MEMBERSHIP CARD link. Click on the link; the screen will refresh and a set of instructions will display along with your membership card. Follow the instructions to print your card and you’ll have your membership card in no time. Membership cards can be printed anytime in case you lose it. We also encourage you to laminate the card to keep it from getting damaged.
No worries. If you’ve lost your membership card or are in need of a replacement, simply log back in to the Member Directory and reprint your card from your personal profile. Your membership card will stay in your profile at all times.
No – it’s not necessary to reissue a new membership card to you if all you have done is move. The card specifies that you are a member through the expiration date noted on the card. Whenever a change is made to your profile information that affects the information on your membership card, you can log in to the Member Directory
and reprint a current membership card with the most current information at any time.
Yes! Membership cards are updated in real-time and are available immediately after a profile has been created by the Business Office. Furthermore, if information is changed in your profile that would be printed on your membership card, the changes are made in real-time, too.
We suggest that you check the security settings on your computer. There are some settings that will keep information from our database from displaying on your membership card. If that happens, adjust your security settings to a lower setting and try accessing your card again. This usually clears up any issues you will have with your membership card.
The Board of Directors of GNI are concerned about members’ privacy. With the ability to post a membership directory online, we want to be sure that your personal information is not harvested by others for personal or commercial use. In order to keep your contact information secure, the address lines and zip codes of our members are not viewable by other members. The Board and Staff do have access to this information and will use it only for GNI business. Please contact the member directly if you would like his complete mailing information. The Business Office is not able to give that out without express permission from the member.
At the time you apply for, or renew, your membership, you are given the option to have your profile listed in the Member Directory or hidden from everyone’s view. By selecting “Do not list me” on the membership forms, your profile will be hidden from everyone except from those who conduct official GNI business. By checking “Hide Entire Profile,” under the “Edit Profile” link, no other member will be able to view your personal profile.
No, please do not delete any of the information in your profile. Most of the fields in your profile are hidden from public view anyway, so if you delete any records, you are removing it from use by the Business Office. Removing basic contact information may jeopardize your membership; we suggest that you simply place a check in the “Private” box next to the information you want hidden.
Absolutely. Our Member Directory allows every field in your profile to be hidden from public view or available to be seen. For instance, if you want to hide your telephone number from others, instead of deleting the telephone number from your profile, simply click on the “Private” box next to your telephone number and that will ensure your telephone number is hidden. The Business Office uses the Member Directory to keep in contact with its members so it’s important that records be complete and accurate, but we respect everyone’s right to keep their information private.
You can add a photo to your personal profile one of two ways:
1. E-mail the GNI Business Office
a JPG or GIF photo that you want to add to your profile and it will be uploaded for you. Bare-chested, facial photos are preferred.
2. Log in to the Member Directory, click on “My Profile
” and select the “Change Profile Picture
” link. Upload your photo and click “Save
Yes. Maximum file size is 5 MB for profile photos. Large images will be re-sized to 640 pixels on the longest side. Accepts JPG, GIF, and PNG file types. Photos can be edited by the GNI Business Office to the software requirements of the directory.
Sorry – the software that runs our Member Directory allows for only one profile photo. You can change your photo at anytime by uploading a photo yourself or e-mailing the GNI Business Office
to assist you. Alternately, our interactive social community allows members to create photo galleries in your own profile; you can upload any number of photos (up to 500 photos) to each of your photo galleries.
Log in to the Member Directory
with your Username and Password. Once you are logged in, click on the “Directory
” link at the top of the page, then click on “Advanced Search
”. There are a number of options provided for you to select what parameters you want to search for. You can search for all public profiles using the Advanced Search. We encourage our members to “test-drive” the Advanced Search feature to familiarize yourself with this powerful tool.
Yes – but only members who allow their profiles to be publicly viewed will be displayed in any search result. You will have to do an “Advanced Search” in order to find other members who are also registered for The Gathering. If you are looking for particular members and they do not show up in your search results, it is one of three reasons:
1). they may not be a current member or have let their membership lapse
2). they may not yet have registered for the Gathering
3). they have opted to have their profile remain “Hidden” from any search in the Member Directory
Yes – the listing of Clubs
is available for all members and the general public to view. You do not have to be a member of GNI to access the club listing. If you are looking for a particular club, you may use the “Advanced Search
” feature to narrow your search parameters.
Yes. Issues of The Gay Naturist Informer
can be accessed and downloaded from The Informer
section of the Member Directory. You will need your Username and Password in order to log in to the Member Directory. The Informer
issues are saved in PDF format and may be large in size; thus, you will need Acrobat Reader
to access them and we recommend that you have a high-speed internet connection which will help reduce the amount of download time.
Sure, you can notify the GNI Business Office
of any change in your profile information and we’ll make the changes for you or you can log in to your personal profile and edit most of the fields yourself. Due to the number of members who would delete their contact information, any change to your address needs to be submitted to the Business Office and we will update that for you. Members are no longer able to edit or remove their mailing address from the Member Directory.
If you have your Username and Password, log in to the Member Director
y and change your e-mail address to one that you would like to use through the “Edit Profile
” link. If you do not have your Username and Password, the online assistance tool will not be able to assist you since your information will be sent to the e-mail address that you are not using any more. Send an e-mail to the GNI Business Office
or give us a call and we’ll either make the changes for you or provide you with your access information so you can change the information yourself.
The Business Office exports member contact information from the Member Directory and creates mailing labels, mail merges, etc. The Post Office requests that we use standardized mailing addresses with USPS approved abbreviations; thus, we may make some edits to your mailing information to ensure it complies with USPS standards. We will standardize telephone number formats for domestic (US) numbers and we will also correct any misspelled words, punctuation, run-on sentences, etc., in your Classified so it’s easier for our members to read.
Contact the GNI Business Office
and let us know of your wishes. Upon receipt of an e-mail, letter, postcard, etc., we’ll deactivate your profile and remove you from our active membership roster. There is no refund for membership fees as stated in Section 3.4.1
of the GNI Bylaws
3. Nude Club Questions
Any member can check on his membership Expiration Date by viewing his profile in the Member Directory. Once you log in, click in “My Profile” and scroll down to the field that displays when your membership will expire. We will also send 30-day, 15-day, and 3-day notices in advance of your expiration date with a membership renewal link that you can use to renew.
The fastest and easiest way to contact a club is to call, e-mail, or visit the club’s website. You can write to them, but snail mail is often slow, and a response from the club may arrive too late for you and your travel plans. GNI does not keep track of the activities of each individual club (except as may be submitted by affiliates for our calendar). With nearly 200 clubs worldwide, there are thousands of events going on throughout the year. Search GNI’s club directory
GNI makes every effort to keep all of the club listings current. Each month as club newsletters arrive in the GNI Business Office, the information is reviewed for accuracy and changes are made to the database as necessary. If a change needs to be made, the Editor of the GNI Informer
and the Club Liaison
are then contacted with the respective changes. GNI relies on the clubs to notify us of any corrections or changes as they may occur. We cannot be held responsible for incorrect information if we are not properly notified by the clubs.
This depends on the club. Some clubs charge a nominal event fee for an activity in an individual’s home, while others may charge more for an activity held at a restaurant, bowling alley, etc. Typically, event fees range from $3 – $10. Higher fees may be charged for more elaborate events. Check with the club first so that you will arrive with sufficient funds.
There is a certain etiquette that nudist clubs have that a new member or guest may want to know about. First, it is common courtesy to RSVP to the host of the event before the event begins. One does not want to arrive intoxicated, and be sure to bring a towel and use it when you sit on furniture. Check with the host on smoking rules — if there are no publicized smoking rules, it is best to assume it is a non-smoking event and to smoke only outside. Check with the host regarding sexual activity. GNI-affiliated clubs promote non-sexual events, but not every club is affiliated with GNI. Since clubs are individually governed, rules about sexual activity may vary from club to club. Finally, be friendly and use common sense.
This is the most asked question we receive. Attending a nude event for the first time may cause anxiety for some men. However, there should be no fear, shame, or embarrassment if a man has a spontaneous erection. An erection is a physiological response to stimuli, and the feeling of being nude and liberated is often enough to bring about an erection. Don’t worry about it if it happens to you. No one will laugh at you, look at you funny, or think you’re a pervert. In fact, we’ve all had them from time to time, and within minutes after you become comfortable with your own body and being around other nude men, the erection will go away and you will be able to enjoy social companionship without embarrassment.
Most gay nudist clubs do not have female members. Each club is self-governing and can set its own policy on membership. Experience indicates, however, that nudist clubs for gay and bisexual men work best when there is a “men-only” membership policy. GNI limits its membership to adult males. Check with your local club for any membership restrictions.
This is the second most commonly asked question. Most clubs meet for non-sexual, recreational activities. Other clubs may, however, allow sexual activity from time to time. GNI-affiliated clubs meet for non-sexual events. In order for a club to be affiliated with GNI, it must adhere to the “Statement on Sexuality” found in the GNI Bylaws:
“GNI acknowledges that sex is natural, but sex is not equated with naturism. GNI respects all of its members for their individuality, whether or not they choose to express their sexuality, and shall endeavor to respect individual sensibilities as may be appropriate, and encourages its members to do the same.”
Clubs are free to set their own policy on sexual behavior. It is important that you check with the individual club first before you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation or are disappointed because you were expecting something other than a potluck or pool party.
The majority of men have a fear of being accepted in a nude setting due to self-esteem or confidence issues. Some may think that they may be too heavy, too thin, too hairy, too old, or simply not “large” enough. However, this is not what naturism is about. Naturism is the acceptance of the nude body in all of its shapes, appearances, forms, and sizes. As gay, bisexual, and gay-friendly men, we come together for social interaction and camaraderie while enjoying the intense freedom from shedding clothes. Ironically, as the clothes come off and men relate to each other, self-esteem strengthens, confidence levels increase, and self-acceptance grows.
Most clubs allow for first-time visitors or guests to attend an event before one is encouraged to join. Some groups request that a prospective member be “sponsored” by an existing member; other groups have an “open-door” policy for guests. Check with your local club for its policy on inviting guests and new members.
Each group charges its own membership rates for singles and couples. Obviously, there are administrative costs that may need to be covered by some type of membership dues, including the production and mailing of newsletters, post office box, etc. Ask your local club for its rates on membership dues.
Clubs try to keep member information confidential. GNI is not aware of any club that sells its list to the public, but that does not prohibit a club from attempting to do so in the future. GNI does not sell or distribute, either in whole or in part, its own membership list for any reason to anyone. We encourage individual clubs to follow our example.
Nudist clubs have a variety of activities ranging from potlucks, pool parties, holiday parties, costume parties, dinners (at restaurants), shopping sprees, Country/Western dances, disco dances, camping trips, karaoke nights, game nights, movie nights, etc. Other clubs host hiking trips, hot tub parties, beach days, volleyball tournaments, oil wrestling, massage workshops, photography workshops, etc. Some clubs even host nude roller-skating, bowling, nude sailing trips, and booths at Pride festivals. If something can be done with clothes on, chances are that it can also be done nude. Whatever you may be interested in, you will probably find an activity to your liking. If one is not offered, volunteer and host it yourself!
The largest and most popular gay naturist event is sponsored by GNI. Each year, up to 800 men join together for 10 days of nude recreation, activities, entertainment, and fun. Certainly, the GNI Gathering is not the only male nudist event around. There are other groups that host their own regional gatherings which may be of interest to you. If you’re interested in GNI’s own Gathering, see our Gathering page
for more information.
No. Not all nudist groups are affiliated with GNI. There may be various reasons why this is the case. Some groups may choose not to adhere to GNI’s policy on sexual activity during event hours while others may not know that they can become affiliated, if they so desire. GNI has a wealth of resources available to nudist groups that are either starting out or want to grow their membership or reorganize their group. If your group would like to become affiliated with GNI, please click on Club Affiliation
The benefit of becoming affiliated with GNI is that the club can use the resources that GNI has at its disposal for reaching a large number of gay naturists quickly. GNI produces a quarterly publication entitled, The Gay Naturist Informer
that keeps all of our members and the clubs informed of what is happening all over in terms of legislative actions, judicial proceedings, threats to naturist areas, places of interest to visit, etc. Furthermore, some clubs’ activities are highlighted and others have a chance to publicize their events to many that they would not otherwise reach in locally. GNI is continuing to pursue additional offerings to encourage more clubs to become affiliated with GNI. For example, affiliated clubs are entitled to free hosting of their web site on GNI’s server. For more information on benefits of affiliation, please contact GNI’s Club Liaison
While many of the nude events are hosted in members’ private homes, there are some events that must be hosted at a public facility, e.g., roller skating rinks, restaurants, and the like. Before a club announces an event at a public facility, it should check first with the owner of the establishment to find out if there are any local ordinances or insurance liability issues, etc. that may restrict a nude function from being hosted there. GNI has found that when a public establishment is approached to host a nude event, it is important to explain that we are a naturist group, not a sex club. Since the facility should be secured for sole use by the naturist group, some restrictions that would apply if the establishment were open to the general public may be relaxed for a private party. While all of the necessary precautions are taken to ensure a fun and successful naturist evening, there is always a small risk that a homophobic or anti-naturist person may try to cause problems for the club that is hosting an event in a public facility. Those are concerns that a club must take into consideration. GNI certainly hopes that your club does not experience harassment of any kind, and we wish you the best in all of your club endeavors.
4. The Gay Naturist Informer / Advertising Questions
For any additional questions about nude clubs, please contact GNI’s Club Liaison
The Gay Naturist Informer is the quarterly publication of Gay Naturists International, Inc. (GNI). It is published every January, April, July, and October and is available to members only through our Member Directory.
The Informer is available online in a PDF format to GNI’s approximately 1,100 members worldwide through GNI’s online social community and Member Directory. Back issues of The Informer through the year 2000 are also available as well.
Advertising in The Informer is a great way to reach a highly desirable target market. Soon, there may be additional opportunities to advertise in our public newsletter, The Gay Naturist E-former. Our members are men who enjoy the naturist / nudist lifestyle both at home and in their travels. Almost three-quarters of them attend the annual GNI Gathering every August in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania to enjoy a week of nude/ naturist fun with up to 800 other men. They are always looking for places to vacation and stay au naturel. Talk about a target market!
Submitting artwork to The Informer is simple.
The Gay Naturist Informer is a full color publication; there is no additional charge for color! All artwork MUST be provided electronically and camera ready (in order of preference): PDF or JPG. Files must be 150 ppi or higher to size. Please e-mail artwork file to the Editor. (Ads may NOT be submitted in printouts or film.)
Any ad artwork submitted that is not camera ready (see above) will incur art charges at $50 per hour, minimum one hour.
All ads must be PREPAID by the artwork deadline. This will help us keep our administrative costs down and keep the advertising reasonably priced for you! PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards are accepted. If you would like to mail a check or money order, please mail it to:
5175 W Ajo Hwy #A-14
Tucson AZ 85735-9723 USA
The Informer staff can create your ad, with your input and your approval, for a reasonable professional fee. Please e-mail our Editor for details.
Advertising rates in The Informer are very reasonable for reaching the highly desirable target market of male naturists worldwide. Please e-mail our Editor for details.
The Informer comes out approximately the middle of January, April, July, and October. Deadlines are approximately 1-½ months before the issue date. For exact deadlines, please e-mail the Editor.
If you have any additional questions and/or would like a complimentary copy of the most recent issue of The Gay Naturist Informer, please e-mail the Editor.
SIZES AND PRICES
Advertising is available in color or black and white (no extra charge for color).
AD SIZES 1 issue 4 issues*
Full page (8.250” wide X 5.125” tall) — $140 $476
2/3 page (5.444” wide X 5.125” tall) — $ 90 $306
Half page (4.044” wide X 5.125” tall) — $ 70 $238
1/3 page (2.639” wide X 5.125” tall) — $ 50 $170
SAVE 15%! Reserve and prepay the next two issues and deduct 15% from your payment. You’ll also have the opportunity to run a FREE short VIDEO CLIP of your business. Please ask the Editor for details.
All ads must be PREPAID by the artwork deadline. This will help us keep our administrative costs down and keep the advertising reasonably priced for you!
PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards are accepted.
You may contact the GNI Business Office to make arrangements for credit card payments or to send a payment via PayPal. If you are paying by check or money order, please make it payable to GNI (in US Dollars, drawn on a US Bank) and mail to:
5175 W Ajo Hwy #A-14
Tucson AZ 85735-9723 USA