But that couldn’t have been further from the truth.
"Oh, no", Erick laughed.
"You’ve got it all wrong…"
Erick., it turned out, hadn’t had the slightest bit of difficulty in coming out to his folks, his wider family, the neighbours or his friends.
"They all said that they’d known it for years anyway", he told us.
No, it turned out that the real problem Erick had was in coming out – – – as a naturist!
"That’s much tougher", he reckoned. People, it seems, may have got their heads around the gay thing but naturism still strikes them as seriuously weird.
Of course, as soon as we heard about Erick’s unusual hobby, we wanted to know a lot more about it – especially about any other good looking boys we might find joining in.
So we persuaded Erick to talke us to one of his favourite naturist hangouts (if you’ll pardon the pun).
Unfortunately, when we got there we were completely alone. The weather, it seemed, was just that little bit too cold at that time of year for most people to expose themselves to the elements.
But we weren’t going to waste a day, so we persuaded Erick to put his principles into practice and show us what the naturism thing was all about.
And if our pictures don’t encourage you to at least give a bit of thought to taking up this new hobby, we’ll be very much surprised… More…