Highgate Holdings has secured control of Shoreditch High Street. Which is where Chariots Sauna Shoreditch is located. One regular at Chariots Shoreditch has told Gay Star Business that staff told him during a visit last week that the building was set to close at the end of February.
Though that has not been confirmed by Chariots Shoreditch. The powers that be at Chariots has been silent on social media about the upcoming closing.
For any of you regular goers to the baths you see this type of customer over and over and over again. They are cute, very slim, hangs out with similar type guys, and seems to stay locked in their room. They are meth users who engage in what is known as PnP (Party & Play) or Chemsex.
Lust, Men, and Meth: A Gay Man’s Guide to Sex and Recovery has just been released this month. Written by Dr. David Fawcett. He is a leading specialist in issues of addictions in gay men’s health and HIV/AIDS.
One particular section focuses on a user who experiences psychosis and paranoia after taking meth. He leaves his apartment, stops eats and literally moves into the baths. Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident and this scene is played in bathhouses around the world. For gay men the baths are an easy and cheap place to hide out. And still access drugs in a bathhouse environment.
Read more about Drug Use At The Baths At The Links Below
Thomas Banks is a writer/performer who is your typical young gay male. He likes going out on the town, dancing up a storm at clubs, and using social media to hook-up. One difference is that he has Cerebral Palsy.
But he has never let his CP stand in the way of living life to the fullest. Especially when it comes to disabilities and Sexuality. He has mounted a one-man show about his quest to find love, even in a bathhouse! He has toured from one end of Australia to another performing his show. One in five Australians has some form of disability. Now there will be a an intimate and heart felt documentary about him based on his one-man show.
Apparently there is a scene of him at the baths, because people have to understand that just because you are disabled, doesn’t mean your sex drive goes way. That feeling of wanting and connecting with someone is there inside of every single person.
For more information watch the video below. Please go to Thomas above Facebook and like his FB page!
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.
John Grant Music
“The idea for the promo came very clearly to me. 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. John Grant’s third album, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, is out Oct. 2.
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.
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
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