In a group of police officers raided the Liberty Baths in the Polk Gulch neighborhood of San Francisco and arrested three patrons for "lewd conduct in a public place", but the District Attorney's office soon dropped the charges against them. Gay bathhouses today continue to fill a similar function as they did historically. Another service offered by the baths was voter registration. As a result, heterosexual sex clubs such as Plato's Retreat had to shut down as well because the city had just passed a gay rights ordinance, and allowing the heterosexual clubs to remain open while closing the gay establishments would have been a violation of that ordinance. Many bathhouses sell food and drinks, cigarettes, pornographysex toyslubricantsand toiletries. So, I kind of wear the label of 'Bathhouse Betty' with pride.
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Have you noticed that besides the deluxe safe-sex kits, every sauna we've visited has an on-site clinic for counseling and disease testing? Sexual activity, if it occurs, is not provided by staff of the establishment but is between customers, and no money is exchanged. Bathhouses themselves, however, operate just outside the city, thus outside of their laws, such as in Berkeley and San Jose. In March a series of police raids in gay bathhouses and at gay meeting spots in Beijing have resulted in arrests and bathhouse closures. Some establishments allow or encourage sex in specific group sex areas.
Herscher, Elaine June 14, Retrieved 6 January Some bathhouses hold occasional "leather", "underwear", or other theme nights. Rights and legal issues. Bathhouses themselves, however, operate just outside the city, thus outside of their laws, such as in Berkeley and San Jose.