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Bathhouse (Gay)
Definition: Gay bathhouses are bathhouses for men who have sex with men. Gay bathhouses vary in size, but unlike brothels, patrons buy memberships to use the facilities for sexual activity.

The Continental Baths
Singer Bette Midler started her singing career in the 1970s in the Continental Baths, a historic gay bathhouse in New York City, earning her the nickname "Bathhouse Betty." She was often accompanied by pianist Barry Manilow.

"Despite the way things turned out [with the AIDS crisis]," Bette says. "I'm still proud of those days [when I got my start singing at the gay bathhouses]. I feel like I was at the forefront of the gay liberation movement, and I hope I did my part to help it move forward. So, I kind of wear the label of 'Bathhouse Betty' with pride."

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