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Police Raid Gay Dallas Bathhouse, Arrest 11

For the first time since 2003, police entered Club-Dallas, a gay bathhouse in the Deep Ellum district of East Dallas, and arrested 11 people, the Dallas Voice reports:

Dallas "Ten patrons of The Club reportedly were charged with either public lewdness or indecent exposure, while one employee was charged with interfering with police. DPD would only release records related to three of the 11 arrests, saying Dallas Voice needed to file a freedom of information request to obtain additional details. Laura Martin, DPD’s liaison officer to the gay community, said the vice unit raided the establishment on Swiss Avenue in response to a complaint. But police wouldn’t say who had complained...The Club Dallas on Thursday, Oct. 14 issued a one-sentence statement about the raid. 'The Club Dallas management is committed to pursuing justice for and defending the rights of each of its members,' the statement read. The Club reportedly helped bond out arrested members from jail and has offered them legal representation. Martin, meanwhile, warned that additional police activity at the business is possible."

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  1. In 2002 a Calgary Alberta steam bath was similarly raided. It's sad and wrong but yet all too common in some very conservative parts of the country.

    Posted by: Tone | Oct 18, 2010 2:16:52 PM

  2. First, they came for the bathhouses.

    Then, they came for the bars and clubs.

    Then, they came for any social establishment.

    Then, they came into our homes and rounded us up individually.

    It's a slippery slope, guys.

    Posted by: Gavin | Oct 18, 2010 2:17:37 PM

  3. To Tank:

    "Look at the trends..." Where? What are you talking about? Do you have a report that you can readily email to me? If so, I would like to read it.

    You' re obviously trying to bait people by your stupidity because I can't believe you're that dumb and simple minded.

    Me knowing a lot of people is " more about you than the reality of a median age of gay men who go to bathhouses nowadays.

    I take back what I said in my 1st paragraph - you really are that dumb...

    To each their own...


    Posted by: Justin | Oct 18, 2010 2:25:54 PM

  4. LOL! I think justin goes to bathhouses...nothing else could explain this emotional reaction. Look at the trends of bathhouses closing due to poor business...certainly the death of the bathhouse as a place for MSM isn't news to you, is it? Or that these places almost exclusively attract undesirable, fucked up people...and old, at that?

    Yes, if you have young friends who go to bathhouses...chances are they're damaged goods...I mean, damaged goods goes without saying for the old creeps who keep them in business.

    Posted by: TANK | Oct 18, 2010 2:29:19 PM

  5. To Tank:

    My "emotional reaction" is to people like you (self-hating) and anyone else that "beat up" on gay men. This is clearly a case of that and if you can't see that, there is something wrong with you.

    There is an endless amount of discrimination and gay bashing that exists and I have a very emotional reaction to that.

    I am in a monogamous, happy relationship. I have no need for those places.

    You sound more damaged than anyone I know.

    Feel free to respond and have the last word.

    I will not waste any more time on you. You sound like a lost cause. I'm sure there are many gay bashers that you can join forces with.



    Posted by: Justin | Oct 18, 2010 2:37:48 PM

  6. Why is it that my mental picture of "Tank" involves damp basements, unwashed teeshirts and an elderly Mother at the top of the stairs yelling down about the evils of masturbation? I'm sure none of that is accurate. But... that's where his remarks take me. Is he young an arrogant? Is he a slumming hetero? Is he past his use-by date and bitter? Is he real, in any sense?

    Posted by: CoMo'mo | Oct 18, 2010 2:45:59 PM

  7. Tank is the d-bag with the ponytail:

    Posted by: asdf | Oct 18, 2010 2:58:13 PM

  8. I had a fun time there once. Some very hot guys...but you definitely knew you were still in the bible belt. Instead of playing porn on the tv screens in the hallways, it was CNN

    Posted by: txstevo | Oct 18, 2010 3:23:15 PM

  9. Tank, you're so silly sometimes. Young guys go to bathhouses. So do old guys. In-between guys. Men, young and old alike, hot and not, are horny creatures. They go online, go to the bathhouse, find a boyfriend or a husband. None or all of the above. It should be a free country. Raging blindly against others behind Internet anonymity is indicative of damage and insecurity.

    And it doesn't matter who goes to bathhouses. Not the point of the story. No one, young or old, going about their private business in a private club should have that privacy invaded by thug cops. Live and let live, to each his own.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 18, 2010 3:53:22 PM

  10. Tank is a troll. Rory is a troll.

    Trolls were kind of new in 1995.

    Posted by: Tom Stoppard | Oct 18, 2010 3:56:32 PM

  11. I bet Rory, Mike, and Tank change their tune when the police raid next month's meeting of the Bitter Clueless Club.

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 18, 2010 4:15:37 PM

  12. @Justin: "I have many friends..."

    That's what sets you apart from Tank.

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Oct 18, 2010 4:39:43 PM

  13. you all know I'm right about bathhouses.

    Sure this was wrong, and based on homophobia (getting arrest numbers up with easy targets) and perhaps a business interest/corrupt piggies in shuttering this place so that an adjacent biz can expand. It is wrong...but you know as well as I that nothing will happen as a result, because none of the "clientele" will press charges...and you know why that's true, too (they aren't gay). Anyway, don't most of you have gloryholes to service?

    Posted by: TANK | Oct 18, 2010 4:57:59 PM

  14. How do you get arrested for indecent exposure in a bath house? Wouldn't that be like getting arrested for indecent exposure in a locker room?

    Posted by: Dusty | Oct 18, 2010 5:04:42 PM

  15. I love the way some people on here are complaining about the bathhouses probably only to hop onto A4A, Manhunt, or any other 'hook up' site that they can log onto.

    It's just a different medium people...

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Oct 18, 2010 5:13:31 PM

  16. Uh, Andy, where did my comment go? It was here. Now it is gone.

    Posted by: Me | Oct 18, 2010 5:19:41 PM

  17. @ASDF: I worked thru 62 pages of the blog by an English prof in Chicago to find the original photo, which didn't look right, given that 555- phone number. So, did you intentionally send me/us on a pursuit of an undomesticated waterfowl, or are you suggesting that the prof is our "Tank"? Reading some of the blog posts that are a bit waspish I could see a slight similarity of tone with what's posted here...but I have doubts. Maybe I want to disbelieve it's the same person because the blogger's cultural interests, tastes in books and movies, miscellaneous observations about pop cult and sense of humor run along some of the same tracks as mine. I think I can learn some things from him. So, ASDF, if you were joking, thanks for taking me someplace I want to revisit. And if your intended implication is that the two posters are one person, I may have to sweeten some of Tank's bile, salt it, and try to overlook the recurring unpleasantries.

    Posted by: CoMo'mo | Oct 18, 2010 5:53:30 PM

  18. @ASDF: if, on the other hand, your pinpointing the photo on the blog is supposed to point to some actor, not the Chicago prof--why not just tell us who he is, or at least name the film?

    Posted by: CoMo'mo | Oct 18, 2010 5:57:27 PM

  19. I see now that I went off on a tangent, and only my second note on the matter of identifying "Tank" is relevant. I'm happy, though, to have been lead to an informative and engaging blog. Obviously, all this palavering about bath houses got me excited and I was thinking about wrapping up in a towel and sitting in some steam while admiring naked man flesh and got off the bus and wandered. It happens. Tank would dismiss me as one of the old guys that don't count for much.

    Posted by: CoMo'mo | Oct 18, 2010 8:05:02 PM

  20. @tank: craigslist m4m has more BB going on than any bath house.

    I went to a bath house in chicago once, it was awesome-big, clean,
    great design, super friendly staff, and great patrons.

    The cops are bullying the legit business. Thugs are bullying gay teens.
    Gay guys are being attacked in gay bars. Hmmmm, I wonder if there is some kind of "Bully Agenda" going on.

    Time to invoke the spirit of Stonewall and kick some bully ass!

    Posted by: kodiak | Oct 18, 2010 8:07:06 PM

  21. Tank is correct. Old 'fags' don't matter, only young 'queers'...35 the cut off point. So just die already you creepy old men.


    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 18, 2010 8:17:12 PM

  22. More undesirable and fucked up than you, Tank? No such animal.

    It astounds me how someone who clearly never spends longer than the time it takes to nuke a Stoffer's lasagna away from his computer has the temerity to attempt to speak with authority on virtually everything under the sun and then flip his shit when someone inevitably points out that he is both completely clueless and totally lacking in even the smallest spec of credibility, whatsoever.

    Posted by: Please | Oct 19, 2010 2:19:21 AM

  23. DALLAS???? Last I heard weren't there people being ROBBED...RAPED and MURDERED there??? Should THAT be a priority???? Oh I am sorry.....LOL...two ADULT men are in PRVATE....where no children are allowed.....sucking dick! WHO DARE I THINK THAT WAS NOT SO IMPORTANT!!!!

    Posted by: shannon | Oct 19, 2010 4:58:48 PM

  24. I remember hearing about Midtown and Club Dallas for years. I knew that went on and I avoid those places. I am also not surprised about this raid, but a citizen complaint sounds fishy! DPD has a reputation of not being so honest and the DA falling for anything the police say, ie fake drug scandal.

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 22, 2010 6:47:37 AM

  25. I think it is a sad day when things like this happen. If guys want to go to the bathouses then its thier choice.
    Brow beating gay men does no good.
    I just wish there was a safe establishment in my area.

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 28, 2010 8:51:04 AM

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