BathHouse

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Summary: delete generic history; add reference to SeaDogsSauna

Changed: 1c1,5

< A bath is a place for anonymous sex without the fear of gay bashers. There are only guys looking for sex with guys.

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> A bath is a place for anonymous sex without the fear of gay bashers. At the bath, there are only guys looking for sex with guys.
> == Current ==
> * SeaDogsSauna, Gottingen St, since 2003
> == Historical ==
> * ApolloBath, Barrington St, 1972 - 2005

Changed: 3c7,8

< you go in, pay your admission of $12 for a locker, $14.50 for a room with a single bed, $16.00 for the double. You get a towel and key, get buzzed into the main area, and proceed to your roomette or locker to stow your clothes, seductively wrap your towel around your waist, suck in your gut, and wander around. Or you may want to have a shower and sauna to start your evening. If you see someone you like, you have an option of playing discreetly in one of the open areas or sauna, or with complete abandon in the dark room (if it's available; it can get crowded) or in your or his roomette. You have whatever degree and duration of fun you mutually agree on, express your thanks, head in the direction of the showers, and as the shampoo bottle says, "Rinse, repeat."

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> You go in, pay your admission (usually $15-20$) for a locker or a bit more for a room. You get a towel and key, get buzzed into the main area, and proceed to your roomette or locker to stow your clothes, seductively wrap your towel around your waist, suck in your gut, and wander around. Or you may want to have a shower and sauna to start your evening.
> If you see someone you like, you have an option of playing discreetly in one of the open areas or sauna, or with complete abandon in the dark room (if it's available; it can get crowded) or in your or his roomette. You have whatever degree and duration of fun you mutually agree on, express your thanks, head in the direction of the showers, and as the shampoo bottle says, "Rinse, repeat."

Removed: 6,13d10

< == History Of Baths ==
< Gay men have been meeting for sex in bathhouses at least since the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the West, a time when homosexual acts were illegal in most Western countries and men who were caught engaging in homosexual acts were often arrested and publicly humiliated. Men began frequenting cruising areas such as public parks, alleys, train and bus stations, movie theaters, public lavatories and gym changing rooms where they could meet other men for sex; they also frequented bathhouses, or Turkish baths. Some bathhouse owners tried to prevent sex between patrons while others, mindful of profits, allowed discreet homosexual activity.
< Russian poet, novelist and composer Mikhail Kuzmin (1872-1936) is known to have patronized bathhouses. Some of the bathhouses in St. Petersburg at the time became known as friendly to gay men and provided "attendants," who might provide sexual services for a fee. In his diary, Kuzmin writes of one bathhouse visit: "the evening I had the urge to go to a bathhouse simply to be stylish, for the fun of it, for cleanliness."
< In the 1950s exclusively gay bathhouses began to open in the United States. Though subject to vice raids these bathhouses were "oases of homosexual camaraderie" and were, as they remain today, "places where it was safe to be gay", whether or not patrons themselves identified as homosexual. The gay baths offered a much safer alternative to sex in other public places.
< In the late 1960s and '70s, gay bathhouses - now primarily gay-owned and operated - became fully-licensed, gay establishments which soon became a major gay institution. These bathhouses served as informal gay meeting places, places where friends could meet and relax. Gay bathhouses frequently threw parties for Pride Day and public holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, when some gays, particularly those who had been rejected by their families, had nowhere to go.
< Another service offered by the baths was voter registration. In the run-up to the 1980 election, the New St. Mark's Baths in New York City, with the assistance of the League of Women Voters, conducted a voter registration drive on its premises.
< Although most bathhouses do not allow customers to leave temporarily and re-enter, men frequently used bathhouses as a cheaper alternative to hotels, with the added attraction of the possibility of sex. This practice continues
< today.


A bath is a place for anonymous sex without the fear of gay bashers. At the bath, there are only guys looking for sex with guys.

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Historical

How It Works

You go in, pay your admission (usually $15-20$) for a locker or a bit more for a room. You get a towel and key, get buzzed into the main area, and proceed to your roomette or locker to stow your clothes, seductively wrap your towel around your waist, suck in your gut, and wander around. Or you may want to have a shower and sauna to start your evening.

If you see someone you like, you have an option of playing discreetly in one of the open areas or sauna, or with complete abandon in the dark room (if it's available; it can get crowded) or in your or his roomette. You have whatever degree and duration of fun you mutually agree on, express your thanks, head in the direction of the showers, and as the shampoo bottle says, "Rinse, repeat."

Typically you make eye contact with a potential playmate, if you get positive response, you follow up, if not, you move on. There are a variety of ways of politely indicating that you're not interested with a potential partner, the most common is, "No thanks, I'm just resting." Chat and gossip are literally frowned upon anywhere but the TV lounge. The procedure is more fully described on the CruisingProtocols page.

Who will you find there? A range, really, of men who identify as gay, as straight, as bi, single, in relationships with men or women, from all walks of life and of all ages.