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.