Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why does the Naturist Action Committee exist?

NAC was created to meet the challenge of anti-nudity regulations and legislation that threaten the recreational choices and way of life for thousands of naturists throughout North America. Tapping the vast talent, knowledge and concern of local naturists, NAC is formed as a grass roots activist organization and has expanded its role to include proactive as well as reactive action on behalf of naturists.

The Naturist Action Committee is focused on the advancement and protection of the rights of naturists. NAC doesn't organize volleyball tournaments or inspect swimming pools at nudist resorts. Instead, NAC focuses on what's necessary to assure that social nude activities at beaches, clubs and other locations are safe, legal and accepted.

NAC is the only continent-wide organization in North America committed solely to the political and regulatory aspects of naturist activities.

2. Who started NAC?

The Naturist Action Committee was formed in 1991 by a group of concerned naturists as the democratically-elected volunteer political adjunct to The Naturist Society. NAC's first chair was the late Toni Egbert, a legendary figure in naturism in the 1980s and  1990s.

3. How does NAC receive its funding?

NAC is a volunteer organization, and it relies on voluntary donations from concerned naturists. NAC itself doesn't have a membership roster upon which to assess dues, so your support is essential. You can send a contribution of any size to:

    NAC
    P.O. Box 132
    Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA 54903

To contribute to NAC online, click here.

4. Are donations to NAC tax deductible?

Because political lobbying is an essential function of the Naturist Action Committee, donations to NAC cannot, under most circumstances, be tax-deductible under current tax laws. NAC is incorporated as a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization.

5. What's the relation of NAC to The Naturist Society?

The Naturist Action Committee is the volunteer political adjunct to TNS. However, NAC is incorporated separately from TNS and has its own charter, bylaws, and elected board of directors. The nine members of NAC's board are elected democratically at large from and by the members of The Naturist Society.

The Naturist Society has a nonvoting ex officio position on the board of NAC.

6. Is NAC really effective?

In the area of U.S. state legislation, NAC enjoys a success ratio of better than 90%.

7. What are some of NAC's specific successes?

For a flavor of NAC's ever-expanding list of successes, visit NAC's Success Stories on this web site. Some of NAC's specific accomplishments are documented in detail, and new stories are being added all the time.

8. What's the relationship between NAC and some of the other major nudist and naturist organizations? Do they cooperate?

The Naturist Action Committee works regularly and cooperatively with the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR),  the Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN) and various other national and regional groups.

However, cooperation does not mean that the organizations must walk together in lockstep, and there are some differences that perhaps deserve examination.

  • With NAC's roots through The Naturist Society in the "free beach" movement of the 1970s, it's understandable that NAC places a priority on the individual freedoms of naturists. As a matter of principle, NAC does not view the proposing of exemptions for nudist resorts as the proper or effective response to anti-nudity lawmaking. That view may be contrasted with AANR's demonstrated position. For an example of the two approaches, you may wish to view an account of the proposed  Huntington Beach anti-nudity ordinance in the Local Issues section of this web site.
     
  • The Naturist Action Committee pursues the advancement of the rights of Naturists and  does not represent itself or naturists as being satisfied with the status quo.
     
  • NAC and AANR also differ on the matter of topfree and thong issues. AANR has historically directed its attention away from those issues, while NAC considers them to be important cases of "incremental body acceptance," worthy of naturist support.

Generally, however, NAC and AANR cooperate on issues that affect the broader naturist and nudist community. Where there are differences, it may be said that diversity is often a sign of strength.

9. Anti-nudity laws aimed at strip club often seem to target naturists, too. Does this mean that NAC must work with the adult entertainment industry?

Increasingly, ordinances and statutes proposed by local and state lawmakers in the U.S. make no distinction between naturism and sexually-oriented businesses that incorporate nudity. One reason for that is a recent judgment of the U.S. Supreme Court (Erie v Pap's A.M.) that says that laws intended to limit nude dancing must be "content neutral." Some lawmakers have taken that to mean that in order to restrict nude dancing in adult cabarets, they must prohibit all nudity throughout their jurisdiction.

The challenge to naturists is formidable, and naturist interests are clearly at stake. It is inevitable that in defending those interests, NAC will often find itself on the same side of the issue as adult businesses, which also see their ox as having been gored.

 

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