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In Australia, the first gay steam bath was opened in Sydney in Some feel that the anonymity adds to the erotic excitement: that is what, for these patrons, one goes to the bathhouse for. Customers who have rooms may leave their room doors open to signal that they are available for sex.
Steam rooms and gyms were reminiscent of the cruisy YMCAs, while video rooms recreated the balconies and back rows of movie theaters. Archived from the original on 29 June An open door can also be an invitation for others to watch or join in sexual activity that is already occurring.
And with this fashionableness, a new generation of gays is becoming intrigued, wondering: what happens in a gay sauna? In New York City, the Everard nicknamed the Everhard  was converted from a church to a bathhouse in and was patronized by gay men before the s and by the s had a reputation as the "classiest, safest, and best known of the baths".
In the Grange Road baths in Bermondsey, however, all restraint could immediately be discarded with the small towels provided to cover your nakedness. Some do it in a room with the door open. Customers who have rented rooms have free access to their room.
Most of the men I saw were average like me.