Live from the AANR Convention at Sun Meadow Nudist Resort, Idaho
The following is a part of the written report from AANR Executive Director, Erich Schuttauf.
AANR Advocacy: Helping Members and Clubs
AANR and its AANR-Regions are lending assistance in various legal/advocacy situations and cases. Without providing sensitive or privileged information, situations have included:
- Assisting clubs that have been denied financing by lenders, or merchant services on credit card accounts solely based upon the clubs’ nudist nature.
- Assisting clubs denied insurance on the basis of being nudist. AANR now helps facilitate communication with nudist-friendly insurance providers.
- Assisting a club refused sanctioning of an athletic event by the official credentialing authority on the basis that it admitted families to the event.
- Assisting a club with copyright issues over a nudist publication from years ago;
- Assisting the COKE (Corona, Oshkosh, Kissimmee, Eugene) network of nudist libraries with preparation of best practice sharing documents.
- Advocating for nudist parent and grandparent rights to child custody and visitation in family law cases from numerous states, from Oregon, Wisconsin, Florida, South Carolina, and more. In these cases we have received thank-you’s from the attorneys pressing their cases stating that a successful outcome would not have been possible without AANR guidance and materials.
- Advocating for AANR members cited for discreetly sunbathing nude within their own fenced backyards. In a trend seen from Florida to Nevada, Arizona, and Virginia even those behind fences have had law enforcement called upon them by vexed neighbors who see even private nudity as an opportunity to make life difficult. We have provided substantial help to the legal counsel who is handling an appeal (possibly precedent-setting) in one such case.
- Providing referral and resources to a member whose computer was confiscated after a local repair shop found nude images on the machine that were no different than what one would find in The Bulletin or N magazine. With prompt action by legal counsel with such information, no charges have been leveled but the machine has yet to be returned. Elsewhere, similar pictures in a family album.
- Assisting nudists in two separate states from two different sets of AANR parents with efforts to adopt when authorities or third parties objected to nudist parents. One case has already had a successful outcome. The other remains pending, but we are addressing the matter with lawmakers at the NCSL conference in August.
- Assisting with information on legal rights and options to AANR nudists terminated from employment or other adverse treatment on their job(s) due to nudism during off-work hours.
- Legal and case law analysis to an attorney representing the distributor of decades old nudist publications in a federal matter. A conservative judge who previously served on her state’s supreme court and had been a child advocate judge in her early career eventually sided with the nudist defense.
- Assisted an AANR member of 25 years and his spouse after the member was seen briefly by a driver making deliveries who complained and triggered an indecency charge. The member has been referred to highly qualified counsel successful in a different nudist case. Prospects are strong for having the charges dropped.
- Assisted an East Coast club with preparations for zoning hearings after conditional use was temporarily in jeopardy due to nudism; AANR assisted a Southern club with zoning matters less related to nudism.
- Assisted AANR members in responding to protective service agencies acting on complaints from others merely because they practice nudity within the home. These are different from family law/ divorce cases because the complaint made may be anonymous In all of these cases the matters were concluded and dropped within the week.
- Assisting with explaining why members enjoy nudism to family, church, and neighbors in situations that have legal overtones.
- Assisting an AANR member (who is without children) after her spousal support was paused by a judge who learned she was living within a nudist club and using such support to pay lot rent.
- Providing guidance to nudist clubs on guest comfort and security measures that have unique aspects in a nudist environment.