Two blog posts were recently published chronicling the baths.
First essay by Simon Smith on the exclusively men-for-men parlor in Guangzhou sheds light on LGBTI life in China and offers a mean massage. Going in as a bathhouse newbie for the first time he writes
The idea of what was essentially a gay massage parlor operating in a city of over 8million greatly intrigued me. I’d heard of the city’s gay clubs but an establishment offering solely ‘m for m treatment’ was a must visit.
Only in 1997 was homosexuality made legal in China, it was still officially regarded as a mental illness up to 2001.
I consider myself heterosexual but on the odd occasion swing into shades of bi-curious. One evening, using rough directions provided by a colleague, I made my way to Sense after work.
To read the rest go to My secret foray into a gay Chinese massage parlor
The second essay by another Simon! Simon Bredin chronicles the history of gay baths in Toronto. He Writes
Bathhouses, to quote novelist Garth Greenwell again, are “spaces in which the radical potential of queerness still inheres, a potential that has been very nearly expunged from a mainstreaming, homonormative vision of gay life.” I thought about those words as I left Steamworks at nearly 5:00 a.m. one morning. The staff had set out a table laden with breakfast food: yogurt cups, mini-croissants, bananas, and coffee. Towelled guests paused their hedonism and gathered around to eat and banter in the early-morning light. A new day was beginning.
To read about the history in Toronto gay bathhouses go to What It’s Like Inside Toronto’s Bathhouses
These two articles are perfect for the gay bathhouse newbie.