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Gay Austin, September 1977 - File 005. 1977-09. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 30, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/2306/show/2292.

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Title Gay Austin, September 1977
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date September 1977
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962538
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 005
Transcript GENE SAXON: THE MAN BEHIND AUSTIN BATtfS Austin's Club Baths is doing quite well, says Gene Saxon, baths manager and part owner. What prompted Gene to open a Club Baths in Austin? "I did it for selfish reasons, actually," he answers. One notes the trace of humor in his eyes. "I fell in love with Don, my lover, and then fell in love with this city when I came to visit him. Austin is so beautiful and exciting! There's so much to do here." The tall, courteous baths manager came originally from New York. He operated a Club Baths in Phoenix and Houston before opening the Austin location. Gene told me that bar patrons in Phoenix told him a Club Baths would never go over in that city—because the state is overwhelmingly Mormon. . .not enough customers would patronize the baths to keep the place in business. Besides, so the reasoning went, Arizona never had a gay baths and certainly the state would never allow the Club Baths to last. . . Little did they know. The baths did fine in Phoenix and then a Club Baths was opened in Tuscon, as well. ON TO AUSTIN. . . Austin's Club Baths opened in January, 1977, after Gene had moved here in October, 1976. In July the baths doubled their floorspace and added an outdoor patio for nude sunbathing. People with membership cards come from such places as Boston, Chicago, New York, Washington. . .you name it. So the people you meet are not all "sisters" from hometown. New faces add a certain charm and allure at Austin's baths. MISCONCEPTIONS Gene points out that a gay bath is not what some people fear it to be: namely, a place where persons molest you the moment you step inside the door. Sexual molestation is purely a personal-interpersonal pero- gative, and no one has yet to rip off clothes and wallets. Gene characterizes the baths as a social setting where people can carry on conversation even if they are shy. Where people have actually encountered their future lovers in a mutually satisfying embrace. No matter what your body build, whether tall, short, skinny, muscular, whatever. . . . , there will be at least one person, even a roomfull of persons who are into your person. COMMUNITY SERVICE Gene sees the baths as a service to the community. It sponsors a free VD health check from 8 to 10 pm. each third Friday of the momth. You need not pay an entrance fee to enjoy this necessary service. Fun and health should, Gene feels, be mutual concerns of gay people in Austin.
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