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.
For all the talk about achieving equality in mainstream society, the gay community doesn’t always practice what it preaches. Which is the never discussed, but always present, racism that is wide-spread in gay circles. Ironic as this is a group that has fought for equal rights. While at the same time is quite segregated by race within its own community.
Spanning a decade, comes the stories of discrimination and racism in the gay community. With tales not just from gay men in North America, but all over the world. Over one hundred guys, all of them men of color, have written their thoughts of racism among their gay peers. When it comes to the gay men and their community, there is no such thing as equality.
During its investigation many of the customers were brought to the main floor. As parts of the bathhouse were being cordoned off. Says one customer who was at the scene, “It was very quiet. It was all over within a matter of a couple of hours.”
While the customers on scene were not questioned, staff was who appeared distraught over the incident.
“They didn’t say a whole lot. The people there looked upset,” the customer says.
In this two-part interview he takes the viewers on a tour of Flex Spas. Showing the gym, pumping some weights, hanging out in the locker room and more. While at the same time answering all the question his fans really want to know. Both his sexual likes and dislikes, in addition to his sobriety and addiction struggles.
For all those newbies who don’t know, Bette Midler started her career singing at the Continental Baths. Along with Barry Manilow as her accompanist. Just posted on YouTube is her final performance.
“This is my 800th farewell appearance here at the Continental Baths,” says a very younger Bette Midler after her opening number “Friends”. She continues, “I didn’t expect to be back so soon…They had me booked at Fire Island…I was supposed to work at Cherry Grove — I was supposed to sing. But they couldn’t find room for me in the bushes.”
See video below for Bette Midler entire one-hour performance.
Within seconds of being acquitted, the 26 defendants shouted with joy. While attending relatives sobbed in relief.
“They destroyed our lives. God rescued us,” one of the defendants
Defense lawyer Tarik al-Awadi, “The verdict is an accurate reflection of the law and we expected this outcome.”
“However, the rights of the defendants will only be realized when the authorities put on trial. The people who were involved in this, and those who offended the honor of these people.”
Which might be bad news for the journalist who triggered this gay bathhouse raid. And who later broadcast footage to millions of viewers. Several of the acquitted men no say they will seek legal action against this reporter. So this story is far from over.
UPDATE: Mona Iraqi, the television show host that aired a segment accusing 26 men of homosexuality in a Cairo bathhouse, will stand trial on charges of defamation and the spreading of false news, announced the prosecution.
Iraqi and Tarek Nour, owner of the channel of Al-Qahera Wal-Nas which broadcasts Iraqi’s television show, will both face preliminary hearings on April 5.
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