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.
Submit articles and photographs
The success of The Gay Naturist E-former depends on the submission of articles, stories, and photographs from our membership or outside contributors. If you would like to send us an article or picture that is interesting and informative, please feel free to do so.
GNI can not guarantee that your submission will be used. Please include the appropriate reference information for articles as well as photo credits. Obtain the consent of all subjects before submitting any photo.
The E-former Editor reserves the right to edit the text for length, content, spelling, grammar, and appropriateness. All submissions become property of GNI. Photographs will not be returned, so please send us a copy if you are mailing it.
Guidelines: To help integrate any text submission with other content, please conform to our style sheet.
IMPORTANT: The submission deadline is generally around the next-to-last week of the month before the month of issue. The E-former is issued monthly. The best way to submit material or ask questions is via the editor’s contact form (plain text only). If you have any photos, rich-text (e.g., Word) documents, or other attachments. click on Choose File in the contact form to send them.
E-former submissions: Additional details
The BuffBuzz Style Sheet
One of the strong appeals of The Gay Naturist E-former is that it reflects a broad range of experience, perspective, focus, and insight because of the diversity of its contributors. This variety helps keep the magazine fresh and relevant. In order to present all of the content in a polished and consistent style, however, the E-former staff has developed some guidelines as to spelling, capitalization, abbreviation, punctuation, and other elements of writing for which conventions may vary.
To help integrate your material with the rest of the issue, please apply the following standards. Before your next submission, be sure to check back for any updates. Thank you!
The Gay Naturist E-former — when spelled out, all four words in italics and bold
The E-former — when “abbreviated,” both words in italics and bold
City, State/Province — whether used in a sentence or in an address: Comma after the city; capitalized State/Province postal abbreviation (e.g., Austin, TX, Vancouver, BC, Sydney, NSW, or Guadalajara, JA)
Dates — In M/D/Y order and spelled out completely (September 14, 2001) or numbers only (9/14/01)
Degrees (college degrees) — use periods: e.g., B.A., B.S., B.B.A., Ph.D.
E-mail addresses — Write them as they are. (Special marks are no longer required as they used to be.) If your word processing software automatically hyperlinks e-mail addresses, leave them that way.
Em dash (long dash, —) rather than 2 short dashes to separate thoughts. No spaces between the em dash and the words on each side of it. (E.g., “The reason he gave for not submitting his Informer article on time—I’m not making this up—was that his dog ate it!”)
List of items — put a comma after the second-to-last item in a list (before “and”) [for example: tables, chairs, cushions, and towels.]
Cardinal numbers — Spell out in general usage up to ten, e.g., “The campground is open five months out of the year.” For 11 or more, use numerals, e.g., “There were more than 50 guys around the pool.”
Ordinal numbers — Spell out in general usage under 100, e.g., “This will be GNI’s twenty-third consecutive year of holding a summer event.” For 100 or higher or if an official name or title uses a numeric form, superscript the ordinal ending after the numeral, e.g., “23rd Annual International Gathering of Male Naturists,” “The club just signed up its 115th member,” etc.
Do not use ordinal endings with dates. Make it April 20, 2008 rather than April 20th, 2008. See “Dates” above for additional guidelines.
Possessive of name that ends in “s” — Just add an apostrophe, e.g., “James’ house” rather than “James’s house”
Spacing between sentences — Do not add two spaces after an ending punctuation mark; use only one space.
Time — 9:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. rather than 9 AM or 7 PM
Titles of shows, movies, books, publications, etc. and proper names of ships should be in italic, e.g., Desperate Housewives, Gone with the Wind, War and Peace, Newsweek, Queen Mary 2 , etc.
Web site addresses (URL) — Write them as they are. (Special marks are no longer required as they used to be.) If your word processing software automatically hyperlinks these, leave them that way. IMPORTANT: Verify all of the links before you submit your piece.
& — Spell out “and” unless the ampersand is part of a proper noun, such as a company name (e.g., Abercrombie & Fitch).
a/k/a (“also known as”) rather than aka or a.k.a.
barbecue rather than bar-b-cue, bar-b-que, or BBQ
can not as two separate words rather than “cannot”
cock ring as two separate words rather than one. (Don’t bother looking this one up in your Strunk & White! )
e-mail with a hyphen (not email)
Gathering vs. gathering — capitalized at all times when referring to GNI’s Gathering; lower case for all other gatherings (unless it is at the beginning of a sentence). Variations: “The Gathering” or “The GNI Gathering” (“The” is to be capitalized when preceding “Gathering.”)
Halloween — no apostrophe between e’s.
MC rather than emcee
nonprofit as one word rather than non-profit
OK rather than O.K., ok, or okay
online | on line — one word as adjective (e.g., consult the online directory), but two words as adverb (e.g., I didn’t see you on line last night)
potluck as a single word rather than pot luck
protester rather than protestor
T-shirt — with a capital “T”
U.S. with periods as abbreviation for United States
USA without periods for United States of America
web site as two separate words; not capitalized except at the beginning of a sentence
Webmaster all one word and capitalized