Op-Ed: Are gay saunas really “safe spaces”?
In light of the recent news that iconic gay ‘spa’ Chariots in Vauxhall (the last of its chain) would go into liquidation this week, one of the brands former employees took to Twitter to mourn the loss of the “safe space”.
But, while gay bathhouses serve a purpose, I have to question, how “safe” are they really?
Firstly, the term ‘safe space’ was developed at a time when homosexuality was either illegal or hugely socially stigmatized and homophobia was rife; neither of which are that prevalent in communities that host gay saunas today, and often have a ton of gay bars nearby too.
The dictionary defines it as a place in which one can “feel confident they will not be exposed to discrimination, criticism, harassment, or
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