Chariots Sauna Shoreditch might be on the chopping block if city council has its way. Not because it is a gay sauna, but for gentrification.
Highgate Holdings, one of the largest hotel operators, have secured control of Shoreditch High Street. Smack dab where Chariots Sauna Shoreditch is located. The company has submitted plans for a 300,000 sq ft mixed-use project.
While the deal is yet to be completely finalized, the plans will be submitted to Hackney Council in the next four weeks. Construction would be scheduled to start in late 2016.
Chariots Gay Sauna
Now the ball is in City Councils’ court. What does this mean for Chariots Sauna Shoreditch? They are not talking. But since Highgate Holdings has control of the area, it would seem it’s only a matter of time before they get evicted.
This news comes at a time when Chariots Sauna has had its share of bad press. In February 2015, three men were rushed to hospital following a drugs related incident at their Vauxhall location. Then last week a man was found dead at its Waterloo location. That death has been attributed to a heart attack and is non-suspicious.
If the Shoreditch location does close down, Chariots Sauna will still have locations in Streatham, Vauxhall and Waterloo.
Take a look inside out at the Shoreditch location with this intimate video
Openly gay singer Will Young has released his new CD. Entitled 85% Proof. First song out is Thank You. The music video is set in a Turkish Bathhouse.
Will Young in Thank You
I guess he didn’t want to go all the way and have the setting a gay sauna. With a Turkish Bathhouse he can feature both men and women dancing around in nothing but a towel. But the video does feature more men than women. Nice thing about this video is the array of men on display. They are all not chiseled muscle men. Rather ordinary guys of all ages, shapes and races. Diversity indeed!
On YouTube, Young said director Nick Bartleet “has captured beautifully the emotion of the song and encapsulated an individual narrative to create a music video unlike any other I’ve done before.”
The Oak Leaf Steambath is the oldest bathhouse in Toronto. It is a combination of legitimate straight bathhouses and your traditional gay bathhouse.
Confused? I’ll explain. This oldest bathhouse first opened in 1941 and catered to mostly eastern European immigrants. The Ukrainians who came for the banya and the Jews who came for the shvitz. Somewhere down the line the ‘gay’ element was added upstairs, as men could cruise rooms looking for sex.
While on the first floor a mixture of men, both gay and straight, took advantage of the great steam. As the years went by, the place got more and more rundown.
Oak Leaf Steam Bath
The clientele it attracted were homeless men looking for a warm bed, low-income men looking for cheap lodging, and gay men looking to score a quickie. But it still attracted straight men for the steam.
Greg Keelor, a founding member of the Canadian band Blue Rodeo, used the Oak Leaf Steambath after an injury. He was quoted as saying it had “the best saunas in the world”.
In what has got to be a first (publicly at least) a gay bathhouse in Shinnonhyeon, Seoul is denying entry to those men who are not up to snuff.
If you are old fat ugly your entry into the Black Sauna will be denied. And they are not the only ones. Many bathhouses in Seoul are following in this pattern of barring old fat ugly men.
A spokesperson for Black Sauna says they need to have a discriminatory policy because it needs to attract “hot” males to make the place “hot.”
“You cannot enter here if you are fat, or 45 years or older. We allow young and slim white customers but try to prohibit all South East Asians because we get complaints from other customers,”
While another spokesperson for Prince, a popular gay sauna in Shinchon, says that gay saunas in Seoul have a stricter policy than Black to fill their bathhouse with customers who have a strong sex appeal.
“We need to make the majority of our customers happy to stay in business,”
Unfortunately it is not any comedian you may know. Unless you are from South Korea.
Baek Jae Hyun was caught performing oral sex on a sleeping man. The comedian, or ‘gagman’ as they are known in Korea, is adamant that he is not gay. Rather he was drunk when this happened, and didn’t know what he was doing. He was arrested for assault.
Channel 4 in Britain is in the stages of broadcasting a documentary on gay bathhouses in the UK.
Titled Secrets of the Sauna, it’s setting will be the CS2 sauna in Nottingham, England. According to the press release, this documentary will provide ‘insight into a hidden world and a surprising, sideways look at modern gay relationships’.
‘Customers come here at any time of the day – during their lunch break or after a night out to have sex with perfect strangers,’ the press release states.
The Fight Magazine is a glossy monthly queer magazine dedicated to The FIGHT for LGBT equality & social justice. It’s about community where real people grace our covers. But they also know how to have fun as well.
Recently they did a photo shoot at the Roman Holiday Clubs in Los Angeles. This is a sauna that has massage therapy, sauna, steam room, whirlpool spa, showers, lockers, private changing rooms, sun deck. So it was a perfect place to do a photo spread entitled “At The Baths”. Along with text on the beginnings of bathhouses worldwide.
Go to At The Baths to see this beautiful photo display shot at Roman Holiday Clubs for yourself!
Anonymous gay male writes an essay on his experiences at a gay sauna in Korea. Writing…
It is Friday night. Down one alley of a busy shopping and entertainment district of Seoul, young men move through what appear to be closed doors of a dilapidated building. A slow trickle of customers — some dressed in suits, others as hipsters — enter the inconspicuous establishment, seeking to unwind after the weekly grind. Welcome to one of Seoul’s many gay saunas.
Patrick Rosenquist has just written a review of the Los Angeles bathhouse scene for Frontiers magazine. Like in any big city, there are usually a few bathhouses to choose from. But how do you choose? It is like deciding between Chinese and Italian for dinner. Fortunately Patrick has solved the problem by offering a short review of each and every bathhouse in the Los Angeles area. So read below and decide for yourself, which is the best that will suit you!
It has been over a year since a mistrial was declared in the Aquarius Baths murder case against Justin James Rosdobutko. He has been accused of manslaughter in the deaths of Steven Yablonski and Robert Clark. They both died of smoke inhalation at the Aquarius Men’s Bath in Winnipeg in 2009. Yablonski was a local entertainer and Clark was from Saskatchewan.
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