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The Gay Naturist E-former

The Gay Naturist E-former


GNI is proud to produce 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. The magazine is available to current and inactive GNI members, as well as to the public who visits our website.  We also offer courtesy access to the officers of each local men’s naturist club in GNI’s club directory.

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 is truly of, by, for, and about them. Relevant outside submissions are also welcome, along with paid advertising from businesses or groups with worthwhile offerings of general appeal to the readership.

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.

Only 12 issues of The E-former are available in the “light box” at any given time; thus, 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.

For more information about The E-former, use the tabs at left. For advertiser rates, specifications, and deadlines and other questions, view The E-former – Advertising FAQs. If any questions remain, contact the E-former Editor.

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 E-former 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 HousewivesGone with the WindWar and PeaceNewsweekQueen 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.
 

SPELLINGS:

& — 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

Download The E-former


The Gay Naturist E-former is available to current and inactive GNI members as well as anyone who visits the GNI website. Click here to view Back Issues of The Gay Naturist E-former or the tab on the navigation bar to the left.

Current GNI members with Internet access may download archived issues of The Gay Naturist Informer (GNI’s quarterly publication that ended in December 2013) from GNI’s members-only social networking site.

The E-former provides visitors a full publication of GNI’s monthly newsletter but past issues of The Gay Naturist Informer is a benefit reserved to GNI members and, as a courtesy, authorized club officers. For information about joining GNI, see Membership.

Instructions for current GNI members and authorized club officers who may wish to view archived issues of The Gay Naturist Informer:

Log in to the GNI Member Directory in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. If you don’t remember your GNI Directory username or password, click on the Forgot password? link under the login space to have your login information sent to the main e-mail address listed in your GNI Directory profile.

Once logged in, click on the The Gay Naturist E-former tab in the navigation bar, and then click on View current issue or View back issues (current GNI members only), as you prefer.

Click on the link for the issue you wish to read.

Use your Adobe Reader* toolbar buttons to view, save, or print the magazine. (It’s color-intensive, so you may prefer to print out just your favorite pages.)

* Problems with download? For best results, you need to have the latest version of Adobe Reader software, which is free, to open The E-former. Most computers these days come preloaded with Adobe Reader. If you don’t have it, however, or need to upgrade, you may download it.

If you still have any problem in opening the document, check for Adobe Reader security updates.

Need help? Please see Online Member Directory FAQ’s.

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Contact E-former Editor


Joe, the editor of The Gay Naturist E-former, works with articles, photographs, advertising, club newsletters, etc.

Joe was born in Québec City, Canada and grew up in a small town in Ohio. After too many years in the cold and snow, he moved to Florida, where he soon learned the joys and freedom of going to the beach sans clothing. Although Joe was introduced to the social aspects of gay naturism in the mid-’80s, it wasn’t until the early ’90s that he decided it was more than a day at the beach, and he became involved in both his local club and GNI. Joe attended his first three GNI Gatherings (1996-1998) as a “civilian” and then decided it was time to put his talents as a videographer to work in producing the 1999 GNI Gathering video.

Since then, Joe has served as the Editor of The E-former and as official photographer of The Gathering, having cataloged nearly 20,000 images so far (some of which are part of this web site). In his continuing quest to produce a quality quarterly publication that fellow GNI members find fun and informative, Joe is always looking for members’ input via articles and photographs. Help him out and send something to him today!

Joe serves on the Club Relations Committee.

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