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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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Moscow’s forgotten LGBTQ+ Bathhouse

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.

 

UT Students Protest Campus Open Carry Law By Carrying Dildos

UT Students Protest Campus Open Carry Law By Carrying Dildos

University Of Texas Students Protesting Texas Law Known As “Campus Carry”  By Highlighting What You Can’t Carry: A Harmless Dildo.

Texas law known as S.B. 11, passed by a Republican led legislature and signed into law by the amazing Texas governor Greg Abbott, has went into effect, as of August 1, 2016. 3,500+ students at the University of Texas signed up to carry around dildos on their backpacks in protest of the new law.

Here’s an excerpt from the protest’s #CocksNotGlocks Facebook page: “Starting on the first day of Long Session classes on August 24, 2016, we are strapping gigantic swinging dildos to our backpacks in protest of campus carry.

Anyone can participate in solidarity: alum, non-UT students, people outside of Texas. Come one dildo, come all dildos.“You’re carrying a gun to class? Yeah well I’m carrying a HUGE DILDO.” Just about as effective at protecting us from sociopathic shooters, but much safer for recreational play.

Protest organizer Jessica Lin, has pointed out a Texas law which states that anyone displaying or distributing “obscene” materials (such as a dildo) in public can be issued a $500 fine. A law she thinks is hypocritical:

“The State of Texas has decided that it is not at all obnoxious to allow deadly concealed weapons in classrooms, however it DOES have strict rules about free sexual expression, to protect your innocence.“You would receive a citation for taking a DILDO to class before you would get in trouble for taking a gun to class.

“Heaven forbid the penis.”

LGBTQ Revry Launches Streaming Service

Will It Be Gayer than Netflix? Retry Has Launched The First LGBT Streaming App For Apple TV

Will It Be Gayer than Netflix? Retry Has Launched The First LGBT Streaming App For Apple TV

The exciting new app – now available on tvOS, Chromecast and Roku – aims to provide the best “LGBTQ+” entertainment on TV.


A new streaming app, Revry, has launched to help close the LGBTQ+  gap by showcasing queer entertainment.  Revry is the first LGBT-focused streaming app for tvOS and Chromecast, and it’s also currently available on iOSAndroidRoku, and on the web. You can sign up for a monthly Revry subscription for $5 a month, or $55 a year.

“We were so excited when the new Apple TV with an App Store first came out,” said Revry’s CEO Damian Pelliccione, “but then we did a search for ‘LGBT’ and found nothing.”

“It’s extremely important for us to continue to expand the show’s reach to new audiences, but also that queer stories are told and are readily available to the community,” Starting From… Now’s writer/director/producer Julie Kalceff said in a press statement. “The Revry team’s passion both for digital media, queer content, and the LGBT community were clear from our first meeting.”

Like Netflix, the Revry team knows that in order to compete against other streaming services it eventually needs to offer original content that can’t be found anywhere else—especially not for free on YouTube. Revry is now looking to secure exclusive content and produce original programming.

 

Great LGBT Engagement Photo Locations In Houston

We have found some of the most creative locations in Houston, Texas to take beautiful and ever-lasting engagement pictures just for the LGBTQ+ community.

Looking for that special location to take the photo that will be one of you’re proudest moments of your life, can be a real struggle. It all depends on the style of photo you are looking for. The scene should reflect the mood you want to project in the photo.

 


5. Sabine Street Lofts + Roof Top Of Guest Parking Garage


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4. Historic Wald Warehouse + East Downtown Houston


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3. The Historic Heights District Blvd.


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2. Sam Houston Statue + Hermann Park


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1. Water Wall + Williams Tower


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