Two Articles With Bathhouse Connections

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The past couple of days two articles have appeared with bathhouse connections.

To PrEP or not to PrEP. This pill raises questions about gay identity. Which is a daily preventative pill against HIV has revived a decades-old debate about sex in the gay community in Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen and the gay baths. Is this a false sense of security? Or a license to relive the free-wheeling days of the sexual revolution before HIV and AIDS set in.

Click To PrEP or not to PrEP to read more.

Bathhouse Connections

Photo via Flickr user Artur Potosi

Meanwhile Brian Moylan interviews the president of the North American Bathhouse Association. 75-year-old Dennis Holding and how he sees the baths evolving in today’s technology market. Read Can We Make Gay Bathhouses Cool Again?

So click on both articles for two different takes on these bathhouse connections in 2014.

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Owner of GuyZ Bathhouse Dies Suddenly

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September 21, 2014

There have been many deaths at the baths due to drug overdoses. But this death was not one of them. The owner of GuyZ, Gavin Sloane, died rather suddenly while working the counter at the sauna.

Apparently he had suffered a heart attack at 11:30 PM. Efforts to revive him were not successful.

GuyZ
Gavin Sloane

Says close friend Keith Crump “Gavin always had a friendly smile for customers, offering both contented and disappointed his hallmark lollipop on departing after an evening spent at his clean, and well appointed facility”

Memorial service has already taken place, with Sloane’s remains privately cremated after the service. A notice on the door of GuyZ indicates it will re-open on October 30th.

Gavin Sloane was 67 years old, and he will be missed.

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Halifax Gay Bathhouse Closed

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September 19, 2014

Halifax is a city located in Nova Scotia, Canada. It is a vibrant area that is a mixture of urban and rural communities. Like all urban centres it has a large GLBT population. But now they will be missing one thing. Halifax Gay Bathhouse.

Halifax Gay Bathhouse, Seadog's Sauna and Spa

The city’s only Halifax Gay Bathhouse, Seadog’s Sauna and Spa, suddenly closed its doors. The entrance is firmly shut, no messages can be left on its voicemail and their Facebook page has been taken down. All that is left is its website, which reads: “SeaDogs is closed until further notice. Thank you for your patronage over the years.”

Entrepreneur Doug Melanson sold the bathhouse to Kevin and John Warren earlier this year. Renovations had been taking place up until its sudden shutdown.

Now Halifax has no bathhouse or any place for men to meet for sex in a safe environment. Not only that, the bathhouse was a sex-positive space for other communities. Such as lesbians and transfolks. This has left Halifax with no place for all these various groups to have a space for these type of activities. Hopefully someone else will pick up the mantle. Enjoy some of the pictures below from happier times at the Seadog.

Halifax Gay Bathhouse, Seadog's Sauna and Spa

Halifax Gay Bathhouse, Seadog's Sauna and Spa

Halifax Gay Bathhouse, Seadog's Sauna and Spa

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Trans Guy Visits NY Gay Baths

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September 8, 2014

Thomas Page McBee is a writer who has the moniker of “masculinity expert”. He was a regular contributor to VICE magazine on the subject. Now he writes similar columns for a number of magazines. Later on this year he is gearing up to publishing his new book. Man Alive, his memoir about what makes a man.

Thomas is a straight man who has gone through his transition. From female to full fledged male. FTM. He has just written a piece of going to the NY gay baths as someone who is fully male.

NY Gay Baths, Thomas Page McBee
Thomas Page McBee

I have to say it takes plenty of guts and courage to go to a NY gay baths after transitioning. But it is not that uncommon.

There are plenty of FTM and MTF walking the hallways, and you would never know it. Especially in the dark room. Who can really see who is giving or receiving oral?

This is a terrific first person account written from the trans male perspective. To read it for yourself go to The American Man: A Sunday Morning at the Bath House.

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Visitor Writes Gay Sauna Essay

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September 8, 2014

Amrou Al-Kadhi is truly a jack of all trades. Actor, writer, drag performer and stand-up comedian are just some of the hats this renascence man wears.

He is also a writer, being a senior editor to The Inkling. This is a magazine celebrating writing in the essay form. This past February he wrote a piece for the Inkling, a gay sauna essay.

He writes “I impulsively walked into a gay sauna. It’s something which had always caught my curiosity, and there was one in the flesh, right there in front of me.”

Interested to learn more? Click the image below to read Uncloaking Desire: Experiencing the Gay Sauna. This is a terrific gay sauna essay

Gay Sauna Essay
Uncloaking Desire: Experiencing the Gay Sauna

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Are The Gay Baths On Its Way Out?

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August 26, 2014

The Associated Press recently published an article about the business of operating gay baths. Detailing the rise and fall of its popularity in the gay community.

It must of been a slow news week as this story has been picked up by many publications around the world. From USA Today to The Guardian, to several gay and sex blogs on the web.

The way this story was written, gay baths are on its way out. Which I would dispute.

First this article was written from the perspective of the LA gay scene. If anyone knows anything about the gay environment in LA, you would know that ones beauty trump everything. True that happens everywhere, but LA takes it to the extreme. You need to be a 12 in a world of 10s just to be deemed acceptable. Guys are judged on their looks and physique alone, and you if you don’t have it, you might as well be invisible.

Gay Baths, Flex Spas
Flex Spas

Which is why I would assume the gay baths are on the decline in LA. These guys have such high standards, why would they interact with guys not up to their level? They would rather search for someone on-line that meets their criteria.

So while they might be declining in LA, in other parts of the country they are still profitable. Sure most gay bathhouse businesses have their problems. But in any business you need to change with the times, or go extinct.

Which is what Flex CEO Todd Saporito done with his chain of spas in the mid-west. He has made an aggressive push to make changes to his saunas to appeal to a wide range of gay men. This approach has had mixed results. While Flex has thrived in Cleveland and Atlanta, clubs in New Orleans and Columbus have closed.

So read the article and judge for yourself how bad the bathhouse business is these days.

Go to Gay Bathhouses Nationwide Face Uncertain Future written by Matt Hamilton

UPDATE Dennis Holding, president the North American Bathhouse Association and sauna owner himself has written his own OP-ED as a rebuttal to the piece done by AP. Go to Finding Haven In Gay Saunas to read for yourself.

Your truly has also written a piece about this topic in a post on Gay Demon. Go to The Death of the Gay Baths?

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Two Lebannon Bathhouse Raided By Cops

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August 18, 2014

In Lebanon homosexuality is a crime under article 534 in their penal code. In the month of August two Lebannon bathhouse have been raided by local police.

On August 9 cops busted into the privately-owned Agha Hammam baths, arresting 27 men. Among those men who were jailed were the owner, the employees and several clients.

The Lebanese clients and the owner have since been released. Though they all face potential charges of homosexuality (which is a crime in Lebanon) prostitution and immoral activities in public spaces. Men that are of Syrian and Iraqi nationality are still behind bars.

Agha Hammam, Lebannon Bathhouse

Since the raid, the Agha Hammam has been closed and cannot re-open without permission.

About a week later cops raided yet another Lebannon bathhouse. This time the Shehrazad Hammam. No clients were around, as the staff was cleaning. All were taken into custody, and then released except one person. That person has joined the Syrian and Iraqi men from the previous raid in a Zahle prison.

After this incident the Shehrazad Hammam is refusing entry to anyone it believes is gay. We will keep you up to date on any new developments.

To read more go to Police raid Lebanon bathhouse, arrest 27 men on gay sex claims and Cops raid second Lebanon bathhouse in gay crackdown

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Hit and run outside Steamworks Bathhouse

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August 18, 2014

Customer who had patronized the Steamworks Bathhouse in Edmonton has been involved in a hit and run accident. It happened right outside the Steamworks building.

Captured on security photographs, a man was filmed entering the bathhouse at 2 AM on July 20. At around 4:24 AM the same man left the premises, got into his BMW X6 and proceeded to drive into a man who was sleeping on the street.

Steamworks Bathhouse, Edmonton

This man was pushed and dragged by the vehicle, but fortunately only suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

This week the man has turned himself in. 28-year-old Tam Van Ho has been charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident. He has been released on the promise to appear in court for his arraignment.

To read more go to Suspect in hit-and-run outside of bathhouse turns himself in

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Glory Hole Guide For The Gay Man

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August 13, 2014

Glory Holes truly represents what quickie, dark, anonymous, de-personalized sex is all about. No one has ever written a comprehensive book about Glory Hole culture and it’s etiquette. Which is ironic given that both the baths and Glory Holes have been around for decades. These avenues for anonymous sex have been popular, yet hardly discussed. That is until now.

There are thousands of guys who are curious about the Glory Hole world. But don’t have the guts to give it a shot. This book hopes to change that. By taking the readers behind the walls to show them what the Glory Hole world is all about. This book covers its beginnings as a sex practice to finding Glory Hole action in ones neighborhood. This book is for those who are curious about Glory Holes, but scared to take that first step. To live out ones fantasy voyeuristically through this book.

You can go on the web and find many erotic stories about Glory Holes. But just like the baths not much is written about them, etiquette wise. Hopefully this book will change that. So consider this your Glory Hole Guide that will answer the five basic Ws.

Glory Hole Guide, Gay Men
Glory Hole Guide For The Gay Man

Glory Holes cater to both the straight and gay communities. But since this is a Glory Hole Guide for gay men, the advice here will focus exclusively on the gay male perspective. Covering its evolution as a sex culture to its unspoken etiquette rules.

Unlike my expertise with the gay baths, I’m not an expert when it comes to Glory Holes. All I have been able to do is write from my own observations of Glory Hole action at the baths. As well as researching the subject, and my own experiences at the baths. Cruising for sex at the baths and around Glory Holes is not that different. While there is hardly any eye contact, the moves and signals are quite the same.

If you want to learn more about this type of sexual activity, this Glory Hole Guide is the book to pick-up.

Go to Amazon NOW and pick up your copy by clicking this link

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Andy Bell Erasure Bathhouse Memories

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August 13, 2014

Andy Bell Erasure is a icon not only in the gay communities of the UK, but all over the world. Though others paved the way for him to be openly out in the music industry (Boy George, Holly Johnson and Jimmy Somerville from Bronski Beat), the music of Erasure became an anthem for so many gay men.

Erasure shows no sign of slowing down, as the duo will celebrate 30 years as a team come 2015. In between their gigs Andy Bell focuses on other projects. One of which is a new one-man show Torsten The Bareback Saint. According to press releases the play is a “sub-operatic theatrical cabaret pop/performance art”.

It is set to debut at the 2014 Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. Even before opening, the show has been named one of the ‘Top Ten Pick Of The Fringe’ by The Times newspaper.

Torsten, Bareback Saint, Erasure, Andy Bell
Torsten The Bareback Saint

There is even a song in the play called Boy From The Sauna. Which is autobiographical as Bell frequented many gay saunas in the UK and around the world. He says

In the early Erasure days I would go to a few saunas in America and one of my past boyfriends used to go there all the time. The song relates to me. Just the feeling of being on the gay scene in the early days because I was hopeless at cruising. Really hopeless. I could never do the eye-to-eye contact thing.

Watch the trailer below. Go to the official Facebook page for news on upcoming events and music releases from this show

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