Could the ban against gay bathhouses in San Francisco be lifted? It is a possibility. Since the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, San Francisco has placed a moratorium on the bathhouse industry. But San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is “open” to allowing gay bathhouses to re-open. Provided public health officials feel it will not stop plans to eliminate all new HIV infections by 2020.
Says Mayor Ed Lee, “The issue about bathhouses and so forth that is an item that blends entertainment along with safe sex, and I have got to have experts telling me that is something they wouldn’t have a problem with,” said Lee. “I would be open to it but I have got to have that kind of process.”
Tim Evanicki Productions and The Parliament House are excited to announce the triumphant return of the award-winning show Bathhouse: The Musical! to Orlando! The show, which premiered at the 2006 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, has since played in several cities around the US, Canada, and Europe including sold-out productions in Paris, London, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Cleveland, Montreal, Ottawa and Tampa!
Originally conceived by Tim Evanicki and Esther Daack, both from Orlando, Bathhouse: the Musical! follows young Billy at his first day at the baths. He’s looking for love, but soon realizes the other patrons are looking for something a little more temporary. This toe-tapping, ass-slapping, towel-snapping gay-themed musical, is full of playful, adult humor, and of course, scantily-clad men in bath towels.
On November 1, Bathhouse: The Musical! will be presenting a special performance in celebration of their 10th year, in which they will welcome to the stage cast members from productions around the world over the past 10 years including the 2006 Original Orlando Cast, the 2007 Atlanta Cast, the 2008 US National Tour, the 2009 Tampa Cast, the 2010 Paris Cast, and the 2014 London Cast (additional cast members will be confirmed later, and the list is subject to change).
Co-creator Tim Evanicki will direct this production, and will feature a cast of all local performers (John Jenkins, Benjamin Smith, Sean Philibin, Tony Flaherty; Understudies Chris McCabe and Sean Michael Flynn). This production will also go out on Bathhouse: The Musical’s 10th Anniversary National Tour in the Spring and Summer of 2016!
Openly gay and HIV+ singer-songwriter John Grant has set his latest music video in a gay bathhouse. The setting fits the title of the song which is entitled “Disappointing”. Really who hasn’t hit the gay baths and has been disappointed.
Directed by David Wilson, who has directed videos for Arcade Fire, explains the concept.
“I pitched the idea of John being surrounded by men and objects that would be temptations or distractions from a monogamous relationship.
“This concept then developed into the camera becoming distracted by these temptations, and for John to be steadfast: addressing the viewer, often appearing, as if by magic at the beginning and end of long, flowing camera moves. It’s been fun to treat the camera as an entity in itself: not quite a person, more a point-of-view that continually veers away from John and go down a rabbit hole of a gay sauna.”
See for yourself and watch John Grant music video below
Jonathan Ames is a novelist and memoirist. In addition to being the creator of two television shows. HBO Bored to Death and Starz Blunt Talk. He recently granted an interview to The Week magazine. The writers asked Jonathan Ames to take him to his favorite spot in New York City. So what place did Ames choose? The Russian Turkish Baths on on East 10th Street in lower Manhattan.
This is a STRAIGHT Bathhouse for those who are wondering. But Jonathan says “When I’m in New York, the baths are my life. I come here almost every night,” he explains. “After trying to write during the day, I come to the baths, sit in the heat. Further ideas might come to me.”
Sad news about a death at Club Houston. For once this is not a bathhouse death due to a drug overdose. But rather a freak accident.
33 year-old Robert Fulton was celebrating Pride with his friends at Club Houston. Around 3:30 AM Fulton dove head first into the into the shallow end of the pool, which less than four feet deep. It quickly became apparent something was wrong as Fulton was unresponsive after the dive. His two friends pulled him out and called 9-11. Afterwards one of the men performed CPR.
Fulton was rushed to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. He died about four weeks later, July 26, one day shy of his 34th birthday. According to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences his death was caused by “complications of cervical spine fractures due to blunt trauma” The medical examiner ruled Fulton’s death an accident. Houston police are also treating his death as accidental.
Robert Fulton Benefit
On Sunday, friends will host a Celebration of Life and Benefit at Maribelle’s in Seabrook. The event, which includes food, raffle and silent auction, will raise funds to help pay for Fulton’s medical expenses.. If you would like to help please visit the facebook page here. Donations will still be accepted after the August 16th benefit.
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,”
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