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Nude Summer of Love Continues
Nude Summer of Love Parade took place on May 20 and will continue this Sunday, June 25th at the Gay Pride Parade. We had 60 nude participants and the Dutch Public Broadcast TV filmed the parade for a documentary about the Summer of Love that will air in Holland this summer. We will continue the celebration of the hippie revolution and body freedom at the Gay Pride Parade this Sunday. Video 7 min
Body Freedom Lovers had an amazing Nude Summer of Love Parade on May 20, 2017. We had 60 nude participants, quite a few women this time, and a documentary crew from Dutch Public Broadcast TV who filmed the parade for a documentary about the Summer of Love. The documentary will air in Holland this summer.
Body Freedom Lovers will continue the Nude Summer of Love celebration this Sunday, June 25th as a contingent at the Gay Pride Parade.
More details about the upcoming Gay Pride contingent:
On this 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love we are proud to march nude in the Gay Pride Parade as the Body Freedom Lovers. We proudly celebrate our bodies as well as the spirit of the 60s that brought us profound spiritual awakenings as well as sexual liberation and body freedom. Just as the gay/bisexual/transgender folks fight for their freedom of choice to do what they please with their own bodies so do we join the same fight to do what we please with our bodies. Not only do we have the right to make love to our lovers in any way we want, we also have the right to dress or undress the way we want. We have no reason to be ashamed of our God-given bodies, just as we have no reason to be ashamed of our God-given desires. We all have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That’s why we demand that the government keep its laws off our bodies! We demand the repeal of the nudity ban that criminalizes the human body in its most natural form. The nudity ban is not only unconstitutional – for it violates our freedom of expression, not only does it go against the Declaration of Independence – for it deprives us of liberty in our pursuit of happiness. The nudity ban goes against the most basic common sense and against nature, our very own human nature.
We will march in solidarity with those who have fought and who continue fighting for our freedom to be ourselves, our freedom to love ourselves and to love others in the ways we choose without being subjected to government tyranny.
The Summer of Love continues as we continue to celebrate love and freedom, as we continue to protest against government oppression, as we stand up for our basic right to be human.
SPEECH AT NUDE SUMMER OF LOVE PARADE BY GYPSY TAUB:
Dear body freedom lovers,
our Nude Parade is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love!
The hippie movement was born here, in San Francisco. It sent such powerful ripples of love throughout our whole planet that it changed the world forever.
It brought us a spiritual awakening of unprecedented proportions, which in turn lead to a powerful peace movement, sexual liberation, body freedom, women’s rights, civil rights, animal rights, environmental protections and other grass roots movements on all fronts of human existence.
It brought us spiritual and emotional liberation through music, theater, dance and other forms of art. It brought us a much stronger and more real sense of community, communion with nature, unity of the heart and spirit that brought together nations across the world. We were invited to think and feel globally, to wake up from the nightmare of corporate greed and exploitation, to heal our emotional wounds and to find our true core of power in order to create a brilliant future that will unfold throughout generations to come.
The Summer of Love began in the 60s but it never ended. It continues to transform humanity in new ways that keep evolving and seducing more and more people into love, compassion and world peace.
Powerful sacred plant healers such as marijuana, magic mushrooms, peyote, ayahuasca and sacred plant derivatives such as LSD, DMT and MDMA (ecstasy) played a huge role in our expansion of consciousness and our emotional healing.
So who are the hippies and what is the hippie movement really about?
There is no one answer to this question, neither is it humanly possible to truly understand it.
The only thing I can do is share my personal experience.
I was introduced to the Grateful Dead scene about 25 years ago. My life was never the same again.
It was my childhood dream come true. It was a mystical adventure with beautiful loving people, it was a journey of discovery, an irresistible invitation to follow your bliss, an inspiration to begin again, to truly live life to the fullest. It was a breath of fresh air, a storm of freedom and liberation, a waterfall of passion, an ocean of love.
Enchanted by the beautiful music, seduced by the warm smiles, the loving hugs and the endless words of affection, I felt like a baby cradled in the arms of the Goddess who always guided me when I felt lost, who gave me hope when I felt despair, who healed my wounds when I was in pain.
I didn’t know where my hippie adventure was going to lead me, I just followed with all my heart. It kept growing and changing, opening more and more new doors. Just when I thought I had an idea of what it was all about, it showed me more, as the horizons became greater and greater until I realized that the journey was endless.
How can I possibly put into words? It is impossible. Words but barely scratch the surface.
The hippie movement is about choosing love over fear, it’s an endless adventure of self-discovery and personal as well as global healing, healing that just gets deeper and deeper as it transforms your life over and over again, as it makes your soul blossom, your spirit soar, as your hopes and dreams manifest. The world pauses in awe of its own beauty, as the song of the Universe seduces us all into a blissful passionate dance, a life changing love making ceremony as our hearts beat to its drum in unison.
Although there is a lot of pain and fear in this world it is important to remember that it is the darkest before the dawn. Our world is in a spiritual transition of unprecedented proportions. The pain that we feel is the birthing pain as we give birth to a new world, a new humanity, a new future.
We are honored to be part of this movement. We celebrate the spark of consciousness that spread like wild fire and woke us up. The world will never be the same. We will never be the same.
Let’s shed our clothes. let’s shed our inhibitions, our self-doubt and self-hate. Let’s wake up to the love, to the flame that burns so hot within our hearts. Let’s show the world that we as the human race have nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to fear. Let’s spread freedom and personal liberation! Let’s demonstrate that we are not afraid to be vulnerable, that we are not afraid to be free.