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Culture
In 1984, This Local Coalition Took the Safety of NYC’s Gay Bathhouses Into Its Own Hands

The Coalition for Sexual Responsibility partnered with NYC bathhouse owners to keep their establishments open during the epidemic

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History
A Peek Under the Towel: Inside the 500-Year History of Gay Bathhouses

115 years ago the first gay bathhouse was raided by police in the United States; learn all about gay bathhouse history and why they’re important

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Travel
Steam, Cool Down, Repeat: Our 4 Favorite New York City Bathhouses for Men

From the East Side Club to the West Side Club, here are four bathhouses to explore the next time you’re in the Big Apple

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Editors' Picks
This Closeted NYC Mayor Described Queer Sex as ‘Horrific’ and Helped Close Bathhouses in the ’80s

Despite longstanding rumors of his own homosexuality, Ed Koch was instrumental in the shutdown of NYC’s gay bathhouses

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