I thought I would kick off the Forum section of our new site by telling a bit of my experience with nudism, in hopes that it might inspire some others to tell their stories, too. For me, the first time I was naked in public was 1981. It was on Honeymoon Island in Florida. At the time, the north end of the island was a notorious beach, frequented by nudists. It was also known as a gay cruising spot. It was an integral part of my personal coming out story. But, while I went to the beach for the naked men, I quickly fell in love with the nature and wildlife. Being in nature in my most natural state brought to me a sense of peace I had not felt before. Thirty eight years later the sense of peace and freedom I feel being naked in nature stays with me. It is an experience everyone should feel: being completely one with the Earth with no barriers or artificial boundaries. Perfect bliss.