As I read a fiction story tonight, one line in the story “…and civil rights matters involving gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender and absolute [naturist] rights.” inspired me to rethink the idea of “discovering” I was a nudist. Here is why: I have frequently written of discovering naturism in my late teens, but after reading this one sentence I feel compelled to approach the idea of “BECOMING” a nudist differently, and this may impact the ways in which we appeal for and pursue legal rights. Please consider this: If a person does not “become” gay, they simply achieve a realization of having been gay all their life, and a lesbian or bi-sexual person also arrives at a point in life where KNOWLEDGE and EXPERIENCE allow them to realize a “new” sexual orientation, this milestone does not mean they changed something about themselves.
So, maybe the simple fact is I was always a nudist (or naturist) and did not change a fundamental character trait, or personality aspect, I simply became educated enough to begin understanding the feelings I probably had all my life!
If the desire to BE nude, live nude, and share nude experiences with others is a basic part of the human experience, then it may very well be something entitled to legal standing.