Though subject to vice raidsthese bathhouses were "oases of homosexual camaraderie"  and were, as they remain today, "places where it was safe to be gay",  whether or not patrons themselves identified as homosexual. Some bathhouses are clearly marked and well lit, others have no marking other than a street address on the door. Baths often have a porn TV room or snack bar where patrons can recuperate between orgasms. Facebook Twitter Instagram. Archived from the original on 27 September Victorian Turkish baths:
Private Bath, Wireless in Room.
Visiting a downtown gay bath was in many ways like revisiting a high-school gym — everyone wearing the same towel, in the same color, on the same part of the body. A room typically consists of a locker and a single bed though doubles are sometimes available with a thin vinyl mat supported on a simple wooden box or frame, an arrangement that facilitates easy cleaning between patrons. Gallen and relax in a modern ambience.
Despite the way things turned out [with the AIDS crisis], I'm still proud of those days [when I got my start singing at the gay bathhouses].