Nudism/naturism: No locker room issues in mixed social settings

Jillian Page
LGBT Perspectives editor

QUEBEC — Some U.S. Republicans and conservative right-wingers around the world could learn a lot from social naturists/nudists.

Take the group I am in, for example: ON/NO, short for Ottawa Naturists/Naturistes de l’Outaouais.

Its members, about 200 or so of us, undress in the same locker rooms at social swim events and such: men and women from all walks of life, not that one’s particular walk of life is all that relevant in social nudism settings. But it is worth pointing out in this forum that LGBTQ people are as welcome — and accepted — as everyone else in these settings.

In other words, sexual orientation and/or gender identity issues do not come up for discussion. You are accepted as is — which is especially nice for self-identified trans people who may or may not be fully transitioning. Those details are irrelevant there.

Do you have hangups about your body? Do you have body image issues?

Well, attending a social nudism event will quickly — and I mean quickly — help you get over them.

Consider this post an icebreaker . . . I’ve wanted to bring up this subject here for a while. I blog extensively about nudism/naturism in my personal blog at jillianpage.com, and I don’t want to double post or turn LGBT Perspectives into a nudism blog. So, if you are interested in learning more about the subject, check out my personal blog.

Below are two links to posts I’ve done about my social nudism debut with ON/NO, and about a related subject: my debut as a nude model for an artists’ workshop on body acceptance, which came about as a result of my membership in ON/NO. Both of those articles also ran on the Montreal Gazette site as part of my old blog there. Feel free to comment here, or at jillianpage.com.

So, enjoy . . . Consider liberating yourself from the hangups of what we call the textile world, if only by joining a social nudism/naturism group and taking part in some of their events.

Here are the two links to aforementioned articles:

Nudism/Naturism: One of the Crowd

Nude modeling and body image: The workshop report

Jillian Page with apple, in 20-minute reclining pose for Figure Drawing workshop in Montreal on Oct. 20, 2013.
Jillian Page with apple, in 20-minute reclining pose for Figure Drawing workshop in Montreal on Oct. 20, 2013.
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