Being naked is a ‘sense of freedom’ for naturists
He describes naturist (also known as nudist) gatherings this way: “It’s a sense of freedom, lack of badges of your status in society, and everybody is the same. You can’t tell right off the bat whether somebody is a lawyer, a member of parliament, or a teacher or a plumber or whatever.”
Thompson is the president of the group Ottawa Naturists. Members hold family-friendly events and meetings in private spaces like camps.
While the gatherings are meant to be fun for like-minded people, Thompson says there are some stereotypes they regularly have to confront.