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The summer camp for naked gay men

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I caught up with Chris Riss from Fort Lauderdale to talk about why he’s looking forward to taking part in Naked Camp at the GNI Gathering — an annual naked summer camp organised by GNI, Gay Naturists International.

How would you describe the GNI Gathering?

The event takes place in a camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. There’s woods, lake, 80 cabins with 10 beds each, two pools, volleyball courts, tennis courts, weight room, zip line, dining hall, theatre, disco, and many other amenities for fun.

Gay Naked Camp brings in over 500 gay men who are naked from the time they arrive to the time they leave. Each day, there are three buffet style, including vegetarian, meals at the dining hall. You can do whatever you’d like during the day — including participating in many of the activities, such as Naked Yoga, hang out at the pool, tennis, zumba, weight train, play various sports and games, kayak, hike, water-sports party, or take part in activities such as the various fetish classes organised by the men from LeatherWerks and the Pocono Eagle who set up a shop and dungeon at camp. There are too many organized activities for anyone to do even half of them, or you just do your own thing to enjoy the outdoor setting and your fellow naked attendees.

Each late afternoon, just before dinner is served, there’s a themed social hour where most of the guys dress to the theme — generally, their costumes don’t cover their butts or balls. After dinner, there’s shows or contests at the theatre. The shows this year will include professional comedians Adam Sank, and Frank Liotti, and performers Bobby Jo Valentine, and Kinsey Sicks — as well as contests such as Ms. Lace, Mr. GNI, Mr. GNI Bear, and Mr. GNI Leather.

The official entertainment is followed by one or more parties at cabins, which can range from a more traditional disco ball with frozen drinks to a dungeon oriented party. The cabin mates dress their cabins up to a different theme each year, so the otherwise rustic cabins are made almost unrecognizable inside and out once the theme and gay creativity is unleashed.

After the parties comes the disco, transformed from a barn, for naked all-male dancing. It too has a theme each year — this year it’s Tom Of Finland. Then, many wander across the dam to the other side of the lake where three unoccupied cabins are reserved for late night fun, and a bonfire is burning, surrounded by gay naked men who aren’t singing camp songs or roasting marshmallows.

Is it just for gay guys?

Only men can attend. How they want to describe their sexual orientation is up to them. Everyone I’ve met there seemed to be gay, at least at camp.

How many guys are you expecting to attend the event in August?

Somewhere between 500–800.

What sort of guys go to the event?

Up to 40 countries have been represented at camp. Ages range from 21 to 91, but most guys are in their 40s.

How strict is the event about nudity?

It’s not clothing optional. You must remove all your clothing once you arrive at your cabin. Exceptions being footwear, cock rings, glans rings, ball stretchers and the like, and themed costumed events — which are essentially accessorized nudity.

It can get cold at night, so you may see sweatshirts and flannel shirts. Everyone is expected to have a sarong with them for sitting in public areas such as gym equipment, and dining hall chairs.

What sort of event is it?

It’s whatever you want to make it. There’s lots or organised activities you may partake in or not. With this many naked guys, sex does happen for those that want it — especially at night across the lake, or in discrete locations.

Having sex in open public spaces on the main campus isn’t encouraged, but it’s okay if you find a more discrete spot in the woods, dungeon, or across the lake.

Why do a lot of gay guys like nude events?

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I think all gay guys would like nude events if they were at them. The tough part is getting them over their inhibitions to get naked, which keeps them from coming to camp.

Everyone is a little apprehensive at first, since we all think we have physical flaws — too fat, too skinny, small dick, saggy ass, you name it. Once you arrive, get naked and walk outside among the hundreds of other naked guys, you realise that nobody is staring and pointing at your perceived imperfection. Everyone has flaws of some sort, and nobody at camp cares. Then you relax, lose your inhibitions that have been holding you back your whole life, and you just start enjoying the fraternity, fellowship, frolic, and fun, and quickly stop caring about your own and everyone else’s body types, shapes and sizes.

In 2018, The Gathering will be held 17–26 August

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The ultimate gay muscle-daddy?

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Porn actor Christian Mitchell. Photo Credit: Cooltompix (image supplied)
Porn actor Christian Mitchell. Photo Credit: Cooltompix (image supplied)

California-based adult actor and model Christian Mitchell works with some of the biggest adult entertainment studios in the business, as well as performing at parties around the world.

I caught up with Christian Mitchell to find out where his travels have been taking him lately.

Have you been having a busy year?

It’s been crazy busy, but I’m definitely not complaining! After making the decision to go bareback, I shot my first raw studio scene in March with Treasure Island Media. Filmed on location at CCBC Resort in Palm Springs, it’s a classic balls-to-the-wall TIM gang-bang orgy! Some of my amazing scene partners include — Brian Bonds, Mason Lear, JD Daniels, Brodie Ramirez, Dino DeFrancesco, and Silver Steele as the gang bottom. Not only will you see me top for the first time, but the scene has the most insane surprise ending and should be out later this year.

Right after that, I flew to Las Vegas to shoot flip fisting scenes for Hot House’s Club Inferno Dungeon. Club Inferno was where I launched my porn career five years ago. Lately I’ve had so many fans begging me to do more fisting scenes, I was thrilled to return to the studio where it all began. Director Sir Tom Moore paired me with Alson Caramel and we take turns as both fister and fistee. It’s titled The Big Tool and I think it’s really one of my best fisting performances so far. You won’t believe how filthy my mouth gets once Alson gets his fist is inside my hole! Both the topping and the bottoming scenes are out now at ClubInfernoDungeon.com

In June, I was back in Vegas again for a week at the infamous Bear Films porn house. The entire cast and crew all stay and work together in the same house and it’s such a blast! All the rumours you’ve heard are totally true! In one scene, titled The Bear in Me, I get fucked by newcomer hottie muscle cub Lyon Reed. As soon as the cameras started rolling, the fur was flying with Lyon plowing my hole with a vengeance! For the other scene, titled Married and a Bear, I finally got to film with Scotty Rage. Scotty and I have known each other for years from go-go dancing and other appearances, but this was our first scene together and it’s absolutely explosive! I had so much fun with Scotty and it definitely shows! Brian Bonds directed both scenes and he’s proving to be a pornographic genius! Each scene is available now at BearFilms.com along with some exclusive companion interviews and photo sets.

In July, I filmed three scenes with TopherPhoenix.com’s soon-to-launch second website MuscleBullxxx.com. I’ve got to say, Topher and Muscle Bull are two of the horniest men I’ve ever worked with! I did back-to-back scenes with each, plus a three-way, and it was truly a non-stop muscle fuck fest! I’m proud to announce that I successfully performed my first double-penetration scene on camera and it was nothing short of awesome!

What sort of films do you prefer to film?

To be honest, it really makes no difference to me. So long as I have a hot scene partner and a really fun director and crew, I’m good to go!

When it comes to sex, I’m up for trying just about anything the scene calls for. I’m grateful just to have the opportunity to perform and create sexy stuff that will get viewers’ cocks hard.

You’re also producing content for your OnlyFans channel. What do subscribers to your OnlyFans channel get that they don’t get from watching your studio productions?

Anyone who’s ever scrolled through my Twitter feed will know that I’m basically bat-shit crazy. My OnlyFans channel takes all of that to the next level and beyond. I strive to give subscribers a front row seat to my real-life sexual adventures. From backstage go-go blow jobs, to spontaneous fisting sessions, to hardcore leather sex, and even some very tender moments with my husband, it’s all there! The content ranges from edited scenes, to raw iPhone clips, to pro photo sets, to random selfies. You get everything for just $7.99 per month at www.OnlyFans.com/chrismitchellxx

You’ll be appearing at Desert Romp in Palm Springs in September — what can guys look forward to at that event?

Desert Romp is a community fundraising event happening in Palm Springs 21–23 September. This is my third year participating! It’s a chance to get up close and meet a great bunch of different porn stars. There will be a midway carnival event, bar events with porn star go-go dancers, a wet underwear contest, a t-dance and more! Visit www.desertromp.com for more info.

Your on-screen persona seems to be the ultimate muscle-daddy. Is being a muscle-daddy something that you’ve embraced?

I’m not sure if I’m the ‘ultimate’ muscle-daddy, but I seemed to be called a ‘muscle-daddy’ more and more these days. It seems weird, because I’m a bottom and I’ve always considered daddies to be tops. I do love muscle though, and lately I’ve been hitting the gym hard to bulk up as big as I can. Bigger is always better, right?

What are some of your goals and ambitions for the remainder of 2018?

My goal is to spend time with my husband and have as much fun as possible! More porn shoots are in the works, both for studios and for my OnlyFans channel. I plan to do more go-go dancing at the Dilf parties and other similar events. It’s been a wild ride so far and I’m grateful for all of it! I definitely want to keep giving my fans and followers what they want!

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