I can identify with the LGBTQ folks since I was a closet nudist for many years. It wasn’t that I was afraid of social nudism. It was, instead, that I was very busy with raising our son and trying to make a living and actually did not do much joining at all. When possible, I would work in the yard nude and of course swim in lakes or rivers and sometimes even cross country ski in the nude. But the idea of socializing with others was not on my agenda. I did not broadcast that I liked to be nude but the family certainly knew.
Then, after retirement, I had some time to consider things and decided that I wanted to try joining a social nudist club. We had visited commercial resorts in other states and although it was fun we did not know anyone there and a few days was just enough to perk my interest. I corresponded with Cheri of Travelites Club and she was very supportive and described the many benefits of belonging to a club. Others reinforced her opinions and I began to investigate the local possibilities.
About 3 1/2 years ago I joined Roadrunner Naturists and now am on the Board of Directors. It is a vibrant, active group with a broad cross-section of members from all aspects of life. It is much like I expected and we are working to expand our club by adding interesting sub-groups.
If I have anything to say in the way of advice it is this: “Don’t wait until it is too late. Do it now and you will not regret it.”