I first visited a gay sauna 25 years ago and have done so about once every six weeks since. Only adults are admitted; all that happens is by mutual consent; no one is exploited; common courtesy and consideration for others are the unwritten rules that are generally observed. Though I have always enjoyed nudity, I used to think of my body as unattractive. For years I disliked my given name. I have made a point of telling it to those I have met in the sauna; hearing it repeated with tenderness and passion has taught me to love it.
The gay encounter at gym series is actually one of the most popular posts at my defunct old blog. Decided to republish the posts. As the encounters were real experience, no ill feeling is intended to offend anyone. Read with open mind and take it with pinch of salt. The fist incident took place in July
What started, as a self-assigned project for a young photographer growing up in Hollywood has now become one of the most authentic portraits of gay life in America from this period. In , the same year as the Stonewall riots in New York City, a gay cultural revolution was growing in America. At the time, most depictions of gay men and women in mainstream media were found in salacious newspaper and tabloid articles, all of them reported from a murky distance. For Friedkin, the goal was to move past many stereotypes and deepen the representation of gay individuals of all types.