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Six men aged 14 to 22 were prosecuted for an offence against public decency and the manager and two employees for facilitating pederasty.In the United States on February 21, 1903, New York police conducted the first recorded raid on a gay bathhouse, the Ariston Hotel Baths.Meanwhile, a spokesman for the restaurant told the Birmingham Mail he did lose his temper and called the couple 'queers', but claimed he was provoked after they made 'inappropriate advances' to his waiter - which they deny.In another section of the conversation, the alleged member of staff is recorded speaking to police on his own phone.Some bathhouse owners tried to prevent sex between patrons while others, mindful of profits or prepared to risk prosecution, overlooked discreet homosexual activity.In Florence, Italy, in 1492 there was a purge against the "vice of sodomy".He tells officers that he fears for his own safety and adds: 'They are very aggressive for gays.''After about 15 minutes of this terror he started to claim that we had attacked him.



His 1918 homoerotic self-portrait set in a Turkish bath is likely to have been inspired by it.In the late 1960s and 1970s, gay bathhouses – now primarily gay-owned and operated – became fully licensed gay establishments which soon became major gay institutions.These bathhouses served as informal gay meeting places, places where friends could meet and relax.In the West, gay men have been using bathhouses for sex since at least the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a time when homosexual acts were illegal in most Western countries and men who were caught engaging in homosexual acts were often arrested and publicly humiliated.