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.
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.
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.
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 newly created 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!
Dan M., President
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For FAQ’s on The Gathering, please visit our Gathering FAQ and Help page for questions and answers specifically about The Gathering.
The membership dues help defer the cost of administrative expenses that GNI incurs in order to provide you with our semi-monthly publication – GNI BuffBuzz 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, NakedFest event, 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, our NakedFest event held in early summer in northern Maryland, two Bone Island Bare It All Weekend events held in Key West each July and December and other cities are coming on board, and other naturist events we may plan in the future. GNI will make announcements of additional venues that are planned as negotiations are finalized.
An annual membership is $40 and 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 and a link to create or reset your Password that 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.
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 and/or NakedFest 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 events 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. Our membership is limited to males only; thus, FtM transsexuals are welcome.
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.
Yes. Only GNI members may attend our annual Gathering or NakedFest. The Business Office suggests that you join GNI well in advance to ensure that you receive The Gathering and NakedFest information timely. GNI members in good standing receive first notice for, and an invitation to, our events. Also be sure to set your spam filters accordingly in your e-mail to allow e-mail from email@example.com, otherwise e-mail from GNI will end up in your spam or junk mail files.
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 (for both membership and event registrations) and PayPal (for membership dues, only). To become a new member or to renew your membership, click here —
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 in the rare instance that we mail something to you. 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 and NakedFest events 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 either (or both) of our events, 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 our members is approximately 51 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!
Members are rarely mailed anything through the USPS unless specifically asked and paid for through our a la carte mailing option. If you are concerned of receiving mail at your home, we suggest that you obtain a post office box or private mail box to ensure your privacy. 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 available to other members 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) available to the public 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 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. Profile photos that are not facial shots will be removed by GNI.
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 details. 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 membership 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 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 e-mail 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.
You may contact the GNI Executive Director 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 Executive Director, Rick, will direct you to those who can help you or answer your questions if he is unable to directly assist you.
Upon receipt of a new or renewing membership application and dues, the Business Office sends a “Welcome” e-mail letting you know your membership is active and provides you with your Member Number, expiration date, and login credentials.
We recommend you log in to the Member Directory and print a Membership Card (requires active membership and login credentials) which will have the expiration date listed. Or you can log in to the Member Directory anytime and find your expiration date in your personal profile. You do not have to contact the Business Office to request this information since it is available to you anytime.
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 and/or NakedFest 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 and firstname.lastname@example.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 mail through the USPS. 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 consequences 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.
Here are the steps to find and read all of the e-mail that GNI has sent to you through our Contact Center:
1. Log in to the Member Directory.
2. Click on “My Profile” in the Main Navigation Bar next to the “Membership Card” link.
3. Click on “My Profile” tab between the “My Community” and “Connections” tab (We know this seems a little redundant).
4. Click on “Message History” (the last selection in the gray box) and you’ll see all of the message we’ve sent to you in the GNI Contact Center.
5. Click on the Icon next to the message you want to read and your message will open for you to read.
Here’s a screen shot of the navigation menu and sub-menu that you are looking for:
Here’s a (sample) screen shot of what your Message History will look like:
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 a link to either Create or reset your 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 Username and sends you a link to Create or reset your Password, and then notifies you of your login credentials. Once you have been 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 un-hide 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 in 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” button.
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 e-mail the GNI Business Office to let us know what information should be corrected. We’ll make every effort to correct your 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. If you find that some of the fields are uneditable, just e-mail the Business Office with your corrections and we’ll make the changes for you.
The Business Office prefers that you use the automated online assistance tool. Any member who has a valid e-mail 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.
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 a membership, you must use a valid e-mail address that will accept mail from the gaynaturists.org and memberclicks-mail.net 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. If either of your forget your Password though, you will not be able to reset a password if the two of you are sharing an e-mail address. This is a change made by the programmers for security reasons. You can contact the GNI Business Office if you need assistance with resetting a password.
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 and submit your request. Within a few minutes, you will receive an automated e-mail informing you of your Usernames and Passwords. If you are both using the same e-mail address, you will be prompted to contact the GNI Business Office for further assistance.
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 any 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 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:
Yes. Maximum file size is 5 MB for profile photos but we recommend using a smaller file-sized photo to speed up loading times. Large images will be re-sized to 640 pixels on the longest side. Accepts JPG, GIF, and PNG file types.
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. 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 (although we’ve found that photo galleries of 70 photos or less are better for multiple browsers).
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 and/or NakedFest. 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 and/or NakedFest
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.
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 are a current member and have your Username and Password, log in to the Member Directory 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 and we’ll either make the changes for you or provide you with your access information so you can change the information yourself. If your membership has lapsed and would like to update your e-mail address, send an e-mail to the GNI Business Office and we will update your profile for you.
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.
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 found at the top of your profile details. 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 over 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. 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 an 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, 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 nude 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 on the GNI website:
“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. In 2014, GNI created a second event called NakedFest. 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 or NakedFest, see our webpages 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 for information.
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 male naturists quickly. GNI produces a semi-monthly publication entitled, GNI BuffBuzz 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.
For any additional questions about nude clubs, please contact GNI’s Club Liaison.
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