Marks Baths, for the price of a locker or a room, patrons now get a free condom, enclosed in a package that bears the legend the contents of this envelope could save your life. Newspaper and magazine articles Osbourne, Duncan November 30, See also Gay Bathhouse in Japan. A tradition of public baths dates back to the 6th century BC, and there are many ancient records of homosexual activity in Greece. Archived from the original on December 7,
These bathhouses served as informal gay meeting places, places where friends could meet and relax.
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Pebody, Roger June Most have a steam room or wet saunadry sauna, showers, lockers, and small private rooms. Dark rooms, lighted rooms, everywhere. Most men typically just wear the towel provided. Retrieved 6 January Newspaper and magazine articles Osbourne, Duncan November 30,
Retrieved 27 December Singer Bette Midler is well known for getting her start at the famous Continental Baths in New York City in the early s, where she earned the nickname Bathhouse Betty. In general, a gay bath is used for having sexual activity rather than only bathing. The Dallas Police Department 's liaison to the gay community stated that their actions were in response to a complaint. There was no status consciousness in the social-stratification sense; the towel or loincloth created a sort of equal-status social group. Anthony Aspinall offers his recollections of some of London's steambaths of half-a-century ago". However, proponents of bathhouses point out that closing these facilities does not prevent people from engaging in unsafe sex.