Acquittal in Gay Bathhouse Raid Trial

Posted admin by on Cairo, Egypt
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January 13, 2015

As written about in December, 26 men were arrested and charged with debauchery after cops raided a Cairo bathhouse.

News of the gay bathhouse raid made headlines around the world. With human rights activists condemning Cairo for its poor treatment of gays and lesbians.

The defendants had faced up to 9 years in prison for participating in homosexual activities. However it took less than a minute for the judge to find the defendants innocent and dismiss the case.

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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.

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Images Of Gay Bathhouse History

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January 9, 2015

With the terrible news coming out of Egypt, the folks at Advocate decided to highlight the incredibly rich history the baths have had.

Titled #TBT: Back to the Baths, the magazine presents as series of images that explores the rich, moist beginnings of the gay bathhouse history. Such as the image below. The classic movie Spartacus, where Sir Laurence Olivier cruises John Gavin.

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Go to the link below and as the article states, let’s take a trip down the slippery tiles of Memory Lane with the gay bathhouse history. But be careful not to fall in the wet areas!

Go to TBT: Back to the Baths

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Bathhouses Begin To Reinvent Themselves

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December 23, 2014

One of the biggest stories of 2014 was the story that ran in the Associated Press. The death of the gay baths.

It must of been a very SLOW news week, as that story was picked up and ran all over the world. It went viral as no bathhouse has done. Well maybe with the exception of the recent Bathhouse bust in Egypt last month.

The bottom line is that baths around the world must reinvent themselves. If they allow themselves to be stagnant, they will get lost in the dust.

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Spa Excess

With the end of 2014, many baths around the world will host a new year’s eve extravaganza. This is one of their busiest nights, and best money making events. This also another way for the baths to reinvent, by hosting event like these.

See how Canada is paving the way with the article A new reality for Toronto’s bathhouses.

Profiled in the piece is the Toronto bathhouse Spa Excess (see image above) and how they have defied the odds to remain open and thrive in this competitive market.

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Bathhouse Musical Strip For Great Cause

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December 23, 2014

Bathhouse: The Musical will be returning to Above The Stag. The UK’s award-winning and only LGBT theatre.

To celebrate its return each of the stars of this bathhouse musical will be featured in Gay Times Magazine. But this is no ordinary edition. It is their brand new naked issue, all to support the cancer charity Balls of Cancer.

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At the link below is star, director and choreographer Tim McArthur and actor Ryan Lunch giving a sneak preview of the up-coming article. In addition to their thoughts of their bathhouse musical.

Go to The cast of Bathhouse: The Musical strip for GT

Clip of the show

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Gay Bathhouse Raids In Egypt

Posted admin by on Cairo, Egypt
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December 9, 2014

There seems to be quite a disturbing trend in the bathhouse world these days. Which is the amount of Gay Bathhouse Raids taking place. This past August two Lebannon saunas were raided. While in October a Bankok sauna suffered its own Gay Bathhouse Raids.

Now we have a third raid, this one happening in Egypt. This is a country that is quite morally conservative, with discrimination being rampant. As a result being gay is not specifically against the law in Egypt. But law enforcement gets around that rule, by arresting LGBT people for crimes like debauchery, immorality or blasphemy.

Egyptian police received a tip about a Cairo bathhouse holding a gay orgy. The cops raided this alleged gay Cairo hammam (sauna). Arresting at least 33 men (including the owner) for perversion. They were taken away naked and loaded on to trucks. The men tried to cover their face from the cameras and onlookers.

Mona Iraqi, a journalist working on the story, posted proudly about the raid on her Facebook page — along with still shots. Sample of what she wrote (with translation by LGBTI campaigner and Middle East expert Scott Long) below along with the pictures

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‘With pictures, we reveal the biggest den of group perversion in the heart of Cairo. In the bath, there are spaces for group perversion… Police arrested the men who were in the baths, caught in the act during a group sex party. They also arrested the head of the den and all the workers. They were immediately transported to the prosecution with no clothes. Their clothes were taken as evidence in the case. ‘The El Mostakbai program will be shown next Wednesday (December 10): the whole story of the dens for spreading AIDS in Egypt.’

The homophobia this woman is spreading is truly horrifying. In one of the pictures above it seems to be here recording this raid. Fortunately you can tell her exactly what you think! If you want to drop Mona a friendly line her personal Facebook page is here. With her other fan page is here. Send her a message on behalf o fyour gay brothers in Egypt

UPDATE: Three suspects among the 21 young men arrested at a Cairo bathhouse were found to be sexually assaulted according to Egypt’s official forensics authority. Medical examinations indicate that unconsensual sexual relations took place.

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Pascual Fernandez Gay Bathhouse Pictures

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November 17, 2014

Pascual who? Yep if you are like me you have never heard of Pascual Fernandez. Unless you lived in Spain.

He is police officer turned reality TV star in Spain. Pascual fell into the world of reality TV by appearing in the series A Prince For Corina (which he won). He followed up that show with two other reality programs, Women And Men And Vice Versa and Spain’s version of Survivor.

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Pascual is currently on leave from the police force, with the goal of returning to the beat in 2015. So for the next year he wants to squeeze as much out of his 15 minutes as possible. First up his own book entitled Pascual: I Am Not A Prince.

To promote the book to his huge gay following, Pascual Fernandez stripped off his clothes and posed for pictures in a gay sauna. The Sauna Octopus, located in central Madrid.

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To see the rest of the photos go here

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Dance Theater Piece Dramatizes The Baths

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November 7, 2014

DV8 Physical Theater is a dance company that has produced many highly acclaimed dance pieces. Their latest is project is a dance theater entitled JOHN. The title character has an abusive father and a shattered family. We see him go through compulsion, addiction, cruising, HIV, loneliness and being starved of love.

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John

As the dance theater piece gets into the character’s present day life, the show moves into the hardly discussed world of gay saunas. There John finds himself a regular customer, in search for love and that personal connection. Throughout the dance spoken word and movement are combined to create an intense, moving and poignant theatrical experience.

Writes Greg Mitchell of The Gay UK

“Later the set doubles for the gay sauna where much of the second part of the piece is played out, perfect in its depiction of the endless cruising from sauna to steam room to rest rooms. Much of the choreography is unbelievably complex. In the group scenes, you feel that if one member of the company were to misplace a foot or a hand, then the whole delicate balance would be destroyed.”

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For more check out the trailer at the video below. For touring dates go to their Facebook page at link above.

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Wingate Club Damaged By Fire Again

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November 3, 2014

For the second time in 18 months, the Wingate Club has caught fire. Unlike the last time when it was deemed accidental. This time it looks suspicious.

Firefighters responded to a call at 10:40 PM. What they found was smoke coming from the roof. According to a fire investigator the blaze was started in an exterior light fitting and traveled up the wall, into the roof.

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Wingate Club

Luckily no patrons were injured at the time of the fire. The last time there was a fire, the sauna had to be closed for about a month. Since then the premises underwent repairs and a major redesign within the interior.

The Wingate Club website says “Rebuild resumes! Roof now on and scaffolding is down.”

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Flex Spa Offers Free HIV Testing Kits

Posted admin by on Los Angeles, USA
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November 3, 2014

Bathhouses all over feature vending machines to buy just about anything. Soft drinks, junk food, underwear and even sex toys. But at Flex Spa in LA they are introducing a new product to their vending machine.

Free HIV testing kits will be offered via vending machine and offered for free. This measure is being funded by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). Normally this free testing kit would retail for $46.00.

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President and chief executive of Flex Spa, Todd J. Saporito says, “Flex Spas is pleased to partner with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation on this groundbreaking effort”

Though the kits are free, users will have to anonymously answer five demographic questions on an iPad kiosk and get an access code; users can get two kits with each code.

The HIV testing kits will be expanded to other Flex’s bathhouses in Atlanta, Cleveland and Phoenix in addition to Los Angeles.

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Bangkok Bathhouse Raid

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October 23, 2014

Raid took place this past Sunday night at the Bangkok Bathhouse Hijack Sauna in Lat Yao district. This bust was not because of the sex going on between guys.

Rather it was because the club was operating a gay bar without a license. Apparently someone dropped the dime on the club. Plus local residents complained about all the noise at all hours of the night.

The cops entered the Bangkok Bathhouse, turned the lights on and blocked both the front and back entrance. At the end of the night more than 80 people, including 2 women, were detained.

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Hijack Sauna

With Ectasy and ketamine were found on the premises, all were given a drug test. Those who tested negative were let go after being booked. Those who tested positive were questioned to find out where they got the drugs.

Among those rounded up were online celebrity singer Sitthipong “Pom” Jiracharoenwong, 24, and his 18-year-old boyfriend. Sitthipong tested positive for narcostics as did 32 other patrons. No word what charges those who tested positive might face. Watch this blog for further updates to this story.

Sitthipong “Pom” Jiracharoenwong official music video is below.

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