In Toronto there is an event called Pleasure Palace Toronto (formerly known as Pussy Palace). The basic premise has a men’s bathhouse go all female for one night. Only women and trans are were allowed to come in, have a shower and cruise for sex. Just like the men. This event has been going on for over 15 years now in Toronto, Canada.
Unfortunately the entire two-part interview is conducted in Greek. However there is a tour of the Sauna, and you definitely don’t need a translator for those images. Enjoy watching this two-part report below.
One of the true pioneers of the bathhouse scene in Toronto has died. Peter Bochove passed away on Sunday after battling lung cancer. He was 65.
As the owner of the Richmond Street Health Emporium, the police destroyed his business during the 1981 Bathhouse raids. The gay community became galvanized, and soon Bochove found himself in a position of being an activist. It was a turning point in the history of gay rights in Canada.
As the owner of one of the bathhouses targeted, Bochove became outspoken about police brutality and the right to sexual freedom and privacy. In 1988 Bochove attempted to open up another bathhouse, Spa on the Maitland. After two years of legal wrangling, Bochove finally got his license. That decision set up a precedence for every bathhouse that has followed. Which guaranteed every bathhouse protection from future city harassment.
There will be no funeral or memorial planned. A simple cremation is scheduled, which is what he wanted.
San Diego’s Vulcan Steam and Sauna has shut its doors after 37 years. No announcement, no good-bye bash, and no warning. Closed April 18, 2013.
Vulcan Steam and Sauna
In an era where some bathhouses are struggling to survive, this is not one of those times. Business at the Vulcan was still very healthy. The owner (Frank) received an offer for the property that was too good to refuse. He owned the property outright, which is located in adjacent to Little Italy downtown. It’s an area that has been revitalized and renovated in recent years. The land/property will probably be developed into condos, retail, restaurant, etc.
His name is Henry Forshaw and he is from England. He has created a YouTube channel called Getspunky. The premise is an entertaining, interactive and humorous videoblog, to help face your fears in everyday life. His aim is to demonstrate how moving out of your comfort zone is confidence building, rewarding and will raise your self-esteem.
In other words he is accepting any and all dares from the public. And he hopes that you will join him in the dares by doing it as well, and putting it on video.
He is currently crossing Europe visiting Amsterdam, Munich, Bratsaslava, Vienna, Sofia, Antalya and Istanbul. Most of the dares will take place in those countries listed above.
One of the dares was to enter a gay men’s bathhouse. Unfortunately his adventures could not be recorded. All recording devices are not allowed at any and all bathhouses around the world. But he does give his thoughts afterwards and the next day about his experiences at the baths.
Henry wound up going to Camp (Cruising and Men’s Play) in Munich, Germany. Watch the video below. And if you have any dares you would like Henry to do, go to the official Facebook page and don’t forget to like him!
UPDATE Henry just released another video explaining why he went to the gay sauna. See below!
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