In January 2011, The Gay Naturist E-former was born as a supplement to the quarterly Gay Naturist Informer, GNI’s official publication. It was designed to be an abbreviated, sleek, magazine style format publication that was accessible to everyone who visited the GNI website. Primarily used as a marketing tool to promote GNI and our events, it became a vehicle to disseminate information to non-members and e-mail contacts. Created and designed by Rick Johnson, GNI’s Executive Director, as he and the organization took on additional projects, the E-former suffered some unanticipated downtime in 2013 which is why only one issue was published during the whole year. But GNI tested the E-former’s proof-of-concept and tracked the numbers of hits and reads and found that it was wildly successful; thus, in January 2014, the Board retired the members-only, quarterly Gay Naturist Informer and started to publish on a monthly basis The Gay Naturist E-former in its place. Since the E-former publication was not locked behind a firewall of a username and password and was open to the public allowing tens of thousands of more men to read the publication and learn about GNI, Joe Lonsway, GNI’s editor, did a great job of producing a monthly publication in both a downloadable PDF file and viewable version in any browser. We thank him for his valuable service.
But, in our efforts to try to keep current with technology and our endeavor to reach a wider audience of men, in December 2015, The Gay Naturist E-former was retired and replaced by our semi-monthly online blog, GNI BuffBuzz. You can visit our online blog anytime and catch up on current and past article postings.
GNI has archived all of The Gay Naturist E-former issues on our website that are still available to all who visit. Spend some time walking down memory lane and enjoy the nostalgia. We sure do.
As far back as Autumn 1993, GNI has been publishing the Gay Naturist Informer. Varying in style and sizes, The Informer was GNI’s official publication produced every quarter for many years. In the late 90s, the publication was taken over by Bob Firman, the editor at the time, who worked hard to increase the professional appearance of the publication from a newsletter / brochure format to an actual magazine. The Informer blossomed from an average 20-page per issue newsletter to 70 – 80 pages. While this enhancement did wonders to the publication, the only way that GNI was distributing each issue was to have it printed and mailed to members. In the late 90s and early 2000s, printing and postage costs skyrocketed and the cost to create and mail four issues in one year cost the organization over $60,000. Financially, we knew we could not keep this kind of production up nor could we continue to sustain the cost of publishing four issues every year and thus started to discuss ways that we could continue to produce The Informer without breaking the bank. Thanks to technology (or perhaps, blame technology), The Informer transitioned from a print-only publication to a PDF version that was printed on CD-roms and distributed much more efficiently and cost effectively. This one act saved the publication and reduced annual production costs by more than 75% per year. However, this change from a printed magazine to one that could only be viewed on a computer was not well received by everyone; a good number of GNI’s members did not have computers nor did they want to read The Informer on computers for any number of reasons. In GNI’s attempt to save the publication from extinction by offering an alternative format, The Informer suffered greatly and readership declined. Furthermore, since GNI’s quarterly publication was a benefit of membership, only active members in GNI’s database in any given quarter had access to read it; there was no other outreach to nonmembers or e-mail contacts until 2011 when Rick Johnson, GNI’s Executive Director, created the first issue of The Gay Naturist E-former. He created the E-former as a proof-of-concept to reach inactive members, e-mail contacts, and start posting issues on social media to widen the audience that GNI wanted to reach.
Presently, all of the issues from 2000 – 2013 of The Gay Naturist Informer (when the publication was finally retired for a smaller, more frequent publication (The GNI E-former)), are archived online in the member’s-only section of the GNI Member Directory. Access to back issues is available only to current GNI members only; inactive members and e-mail contacts do not have access to read them. (Right there is a good reason to join or renew your membership!)
GNI is in possession of back issues that predate 2000 and will be working on digitizing them and bringing them online for members to view. This is an extensive project and will take some time, but we want to make them available to everyone because they are a big part of our history. How times have changed. Just wait to you see issues from over 20 years ago!
GNI produced The Gay Naturist E-former, a monthly magazine with featured stories on nude travel, trends, and personalities, important news and announcements along with wacky short items known as “Naked Nuggets,” essays on naturist philosophy and testimonials of personal growth through nudism, local naturist club news, and other items of interest until December 2014 at which time the publication was converted from a magazine-style format to an online blog called GNI BuffBuzz. The E-former is available to current and inactive GNI members, as well as to the public who visits our website.
Delivered in electronic format, The E-former is optimized for on-screen viewing and contains active hyperlinks so that the reader can instantly obtain further information about people, places, and things mentioned in the magazine, and jump directly to advertisers’ web sites. Each issue usually has between 18 and 24 pages of content plus the outside and inside front and back “covers,” all in full color.
Most of the copy and photos are contributed by GNI members, so The E-former was truly of, by, for, and about them.
Past issues of The Gay Naturist Informer are archived in GNI’s Member Directory and is accessible only to current GNI members and affiliated men’s naturist clubs. If you would like to gain access to view our past Informer publications, you can join GNI and become a member here: Join GNI.
We have archived all of the past issues for your reading pleasure. You can find those issues here: Back Issues of The Gay Naturist E-former.
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An important function of NAC is to provide timely information on political and legal issues of consequence to naturists throughout North America. Sometimes, that information is issued as an advisory or update, and simply provides background and context for an important issue. At other times, it is issued as an alert, and is a call for individual naturists to take specific action in true grassroots fashion.
GNI participates in NAC’s alert system. When we receive an advisory, update, or alert from NAC, GNI’s Club and Naturist Outreach Liaison distributes it either to all GNI members and local men’s naturist clubs or, if appropriate, only to those in the affected geographic region. If you have any questions about NAC, please contact the NAC Chairman.
Occasionally, a local or regional naturist organization issues an alert independently of NAC.