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San Francisco expected to open golden gates for bathhouses after three decades


San Francisco Board of Supervisors will soon vote on a measure that would allow gay bathhouses to reopen around the city.Bathhouses once served as the gathering place for queer men before the AIDS epidemic forced them to close in the 1980s.

Now, more than 30 years after the city ordered their closure, it looks like the once-popular venues could make a comeback…at least after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.“To be clear, this ordinance does not and will not require or allow the reopening of adult sex venues in San Francisco before it is safe to do so as part of our COVID-19 reopening,” said gay District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman.

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