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gender identity in naturism - are we ready?
Gender identity is a trending issue in the news. Statehouses are busy drafting laws to forcing people with non binary gender identities to use public bathrooms, designated by their gender assigned at birth. Are those in the nudist and naturist communities keeping up with the changing social fabric? Do naturist and nudist organizations have policies…
Naturism Should be included as a right in the LGBTQI Space. LGBTQIN! - We have been hiding for far too long. FActs- 1)We have had gender neutral restrooms forever. 2) We are all about acceptance.
It's been my observation that ideas about gender and sexual identity have been changing over the past few years and I think that our concept of the exclusive binary gender identities is headed for the dustbin. Very few things in our world are strictly binary. Rather than being either black or white, they are somewhere in the spectrum. People have a tendency to want to categorize every thing into as few narrowly defined categories as they can and are frustrated when someone or something comes along that doesn't quite fit into their narrow viewpoint.
Why shouldn't nudism embrace gender fluidity and non-binary identities? I'm more concerned about a person's character than what labels they wear either by choice or assigned by others.
The last WNBR we had in LA, we had a trans participant. It was no big deal.
I think it depends on where you are. There are socially conservative nudists who still look askance at anyone who isn't heterosexual and married. You don't get into their club if you aren't.
You don't see as much of that intolerance on the west coast.
This goes back to the eternal sexuality v. nudism debate. (Rolls eyes!)
A gay pride parade is no different than a St. Patrick's Day parade. Just a celebration of identity, lifestyle and legacy. I am neither straight nor Irish but I'll happily walk naked in either one if they allow it. We can learn a lot from how other oppressed minorities fought their struggles for freedom and acceptance. We can gain a lot by linking up with other sympathetic groups who have vastly greater political clout than we do.
My theory is this: If X is allowed in an average city park, then X should be allowed at a generic nudist event.One can be romantic without being lewd. Otherwise you are saying that nudists can't be trusted to do the same things as textiles do in public. It is why I don't bother much with landed clubs. It is better to be alone or in a setting with a couple of friends than to be uncomfortable in a crowd.
It is why I hate labels like nudist or naturist. Many people have a list of rules they will use to define who and what you should be according to their label. If I don't conform, I'm nor a REAL (fill in the blank).
Nobody is under any obligation to change their feelings or beliefs because you think they are wrong. Just as you are not obligated to change your beliefs and values because someone else disapproves. Let them be wrong and go your own way. That is what freedom is all about.