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Where Have The Bathhouses Gone?

Where Have The Bathhouses Gone?

The ‘Bathhouse’  Has Always Been A Part Of Mainstream Culture, Tracing All The Way Back To The Historical Dates Suffixed With B.C.  It’s Embedded In Our History With Discoveries Of Ancient Greek Records That Expose What Was Then Not Such A Secretive Lifestyle.


The accommodations in history were magnificent with marble brick columns lining mosaic shallow pools of warm water. They were communal areas intended for bathing and socializing among someone’s peers, friends and family.  Now occasionally, some had other intentions and bathhouses served to fulfill the sexual desires of the men that frequented the establishments.

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As the years progressed, the bathhouse dissipated due to the onset of private bathrooms. No longer were they needed. After years they did reemerged and took on a new role as a ‘convenient hookup’ spot for men who wanted to have sex with other men. The wave created the modern day  ‘gay-only facilities,’ that were less elaborate, and centered on privacy and dark, discreet areas.

Somewhere in the 1960’s, bathhouses were labeled gay saunas,  and they began popping up throughout the country. By the time the 80’s rolled around, the number of bathhouses had exploded, and their were thousands across the country.

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When the general public took notice of these ‘scabs of society,’  authorities began to raided many of these facilities and arrested patrons for sodomy and any other de facto anti-gay laws that could keep patrons behind bars or at the very least incur any number of fines.

 

The results led to the reputations of the bathhouses being soiled, and became known as nothing more than seedy sex establishments where the perverted went to play. This led people to lose interest in the establishments. As such, the number of facilities started to decline.

With the invention of, hookup apps, came the slow demise. Today, there are an estimated  100 or less bathhouses in operation in the United States, with Houston having two locations. Midtown Spa, and Club Houston.

 

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Montrose Gets New Luxury High Rise Condos And Hotel

Montrose Gets New Luxury High Rise Condos And Hotel

Montrose Area Boutique Hotels Strikes Deal With Hines Development For Luxury High Rise

HOUSTON Oct. 5 — La’Colombe d’Or owner Steve Zimmerman and Hines Development announced on Tuesday a partnership that will develop a 34-story residential high-rise, and adjoining hotel.

The development includes a $10 million dollar expansion to the boutique hotel, along with a 285-unit tower, to be named Residences at La Colombe d’Or. La Colombe d’Or boutique hotel on Montrose Boulevard. The tower will be built on Yoakum St.

“La Colombe d’Or is one of those unique Houston gems that makes our city so special,” Hines Founder and Chairman Gerald D. Hines said. “We look forward to working hand-in-hand with the Zimmerman family to be a part of the next chapter in the legacy of this celebration of enriched living.”

The family owned historic hotel was built in 1923. The landmark property serves as one of the world’s premier luxury boutique hotels in Montrose.

Construction set to start in 2017 with completion in 2020.

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Texas A&M University Elects First Openly Gay Student President

Texas A&M University Elects First Openly Gay Student President

Openly Gay Economics Junior To Take Over As The 74th Student Body President On April 21 At Texas A&M University


COLLEGE STATION — The students at Texas A&M University have elected their first openly gay student body president. A move that has made history and setting a hallmark for the Southern university. A move that students believe is a step in the right direction.

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“To those of you who spoke poorly about me based upon my sexual orientation. I forgive you. I really do.”  

A man that knew he was an Aggie before he knew he was gay, made the choice to attend the Texas university after a year studying abroad in Paris. Bobby Brooks, an economics junior enrolled at Texas A& M University in College Station will be the first to serve in the position’s seventy-four year history.

“I can’t express enough wholehearted thanks to my family who encouraged my dreams, to my campaign team who sacrificed countless hours of free time, to every friend who smiled and hugged me when I shared this seemingly ridiculous idea,” Brooks posted to social media after his victory.

“To those of you who spoke poorly about me based upon my sexual orientation,” Brooks pointed out, “I forgive you. I really do.”

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Sarah Pepper Reunites With Lauren Kelly For New Radio Show

Sarah Pepper Reunites With Lauren Kelly For New Radio Show
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Sarah Pepper, Lauren Kelly, And Geoff Sheen Team Up For New MIX 96.5FM Morning Show

(HOUSTON) — CBS Radio announced today the long awaited return of Sarah Pepper to the Houston radio airwaves. Pepper will join gal pal Lauren Kelly on a newly created morning show on sister station Mix 96.5FM.

Mix 96.5 will launch The Morning Mix with Sarah Pepper, Geoff Sheen and Lauren Kelly on Monday, April 10. The weekday morning show will air from 5:30 AM – 10:00 AM.

“After working every shift in the building, I am ecstatic to join Sarah Pepper and Geoff Sheen,” Lauren Kelly tells About News. “I’ve known Sarah for almost a decade, and she is one of the funniest and most genuinely hard working people I know. Geoff was the perfect piece to complete our puzzle, and we couldn’t me more excited!”

Pepper has been off Houston radio since the ‘surprise’ changes in format at HOT 95.7FM now the popular ‘SPOT’. This morning’s announcement is a welcome to all Houston radio listeners.

We are excited and ready to laugh along with Houston and start your mornings with a smile. Sarah Pepper told About News. “Houston has been so amazing to me over the past nine years and to be able to continue my career along with Geoff and Lauren Kelly is going to be so much fun. Geoff brings a wealth of experience and I look forward to working with him and learning from him,” said Pepper. Geoff Sheen joins the team from San Antonio’s KTKR.

The show can be heard on-air, online at www.mix965houston.com or via the Radio.com mobile app.

CBS RADIO Houston owns and operates MIX 96.5 (KHMX-FM), CBS Sports Radio 650 (KIKK-AM), SportsRadio 610 (KILT-AM), 100.3 The Bull (KILT-FM), 95.7 The Spot (KKHH-FM) and MEGA 101 (KLOL-FM).

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