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A Load Of Trouble At New York City Gym

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A man is suing Bally Total Fitness in New York City due to injuries he says he sustained after slipping on a "foreign white substance" in the steam room.

Reports the New York Daily News:

Marc Moskowitz claimed in court papers that managers at the Bally Total Fitness gym on E. 55th St. were aware that gay "cruising and lewd behavior" is "commonplace at the steam room, sauna and locker rooms."

"As a result of the aforementioned activities, there was bodily fluids and other evidence of sexual activity wherever it occurred throughout the gym," according to Moskowitz's suit in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Instead of having staffers clean the areas, Bally simply "left a hose and liquid soap" for people to clean up themselves, the papers state.

As a result, Moskowitz claims, he took a tumble last August and needed surgery to repair his shoulder.

The article goes on to describe the gym's review on the cruising website Cruising Gays City Hookup Guide: "There are 2 LIGHTS in the Steam Sauna. The rear light is out 1/2 the time. When it is OFF the party is ON."

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  1. It's working at cross purposes because there are still so many hetero people who define "gay" by what they see or hear. So if some straight guy gets a gym membership and innocently stumbles on guys trading blowjobs in the sauna, and comes to realize that a decent percent of the gym members seem to engage in this behavior, he might draw a conclusion about gay men on the whole -- that gay men are all about hedonistic unsafe anonymous sex with any erection that might present itself.

    That same straight guy might develop a prejudice about gay men in general if he sees the pictures of 15 men who were arrested in a sting operation for trying to have sex with other men. He might tell his friends about what the 'gay sickos' at the gym were doing. He might meet a gay coworker or family member and treat them differently because he assumes this person engages in this behavior -- and isn't that what the talking heads call 'gay' anyway, behavior?

    So that same guy might find himself siding with idiot talking heads like Tony Perkins and Ann Coulter based on his experience with 'gay' men. He might have a hard time buying the Anderson Coopers and Neil Patrick Harrises, Adam Lamberts and Chris Colfers as ordinary men who happen to be gay, and instead imagine they're just like those guys at the gym behind closed doors. And he might call his congressman and tell him that he doesn't want ENDA, DOMA, and assorted other laws that need repealed or instated to secure our rights. He might vote against equality in his state.

    Part of the reason homosexuals were linked to pedophiles and predators in the last century is because the only time anyone had any apparent exposure to a gay man, it was in a park, or a rest stop or a gym. Granted, in those days for many gay men sex acts were the only overt expression of their true selves because being out wasn't the best option. But that same mindset -- that we lurk in bushes, gyms, and bus depots like predators -- still exists in a lot of places in the US and the world, and this kind of behavior perpetuates that idea and shoots the more important stuff like equality in the foot.

    Posted by: antisaint | Jun 20, 2013 7:14:51 PM


  2. Get it Ernie?

    Posted by: BOB | Jun 20, 2013 7:51:38 PM


  3. "We want marriage equality, we want our anonymous blowjobs in the steamroom, we demand the woman who owns the cake shop in Washington to sell to the gay couple, we want the football player who uses a gay slur to apologize, we want to cruise the park and get or give another blowjob in the "bookstore" stall as we demand DOMA is declared unconstitutional.

    We're working at cross-purposes in some of this. We really can't have it all. And blowjobs in public steamrooms are illegal. And the straight partons of the gym probably don't appreciate the furtive sex."

    -- Some of us -- I.e. me -- ARE "having it all" -- and these weird fake antinomies "marriage equality" vs "having bj's in a steam room" don't mean anything. They are not mutually explusive. And by the way there is no "we" -- I will NEVER get married, it doesn't interest me and it doesn't interest a whole bunch of gay people. I still will fight to the end for it and for equality for all people but that doesn't mean I'm not going to cruise in steamrooms.But thanks for the sermon.

    Posted by: David | Jun 20, 2013 9:53:03 PM


  4. Her's an idea. It's called a gym for people to go exercise. Go to a damn bathouse or get a room if you want to have sex. The same goes for public parks where a lot of other people go to enjoy themselves and don't want to see dicks hanging out all over the place.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Jun 20, 2013 10:26:18 PM


  5. And I'll add I don't want to see straight couples doing it either.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Jun 20, 2013 10:31:17 PM


  6. Crying over spilled milt.

    Yes, milt. Look it up. Ha ha ha

    Posted by: Tatts | Jun 20, 2013 11:16:44 PM


  7. Fun's over guys. This is what "everybody" fought for.

    Posted by: Slip | Jun 20, 2013 11:21:10 PM


  8. East 55th, ok. What's the cross street please?

    Posted by: Tim | Jun 20, 2013 11:38:06 PM


  9. I get it, @Bob, just not the way you seem to want me to get it.

    If you want to take responsibility for the sexual behaviors of all men, be my guest, and good luck. I take responsibility for myself and my own behaviors. If some closeted married guy, or some uncloseted gay guy, wants to screw around in public, there's really nothing I can do to stop them. It's their choice, not mine.

    The gay people I know don't send heterosexuals running to Ann Coulter (they got marriage equality passed instead), and the heterosexuals I know don't base their entire assessment of gay people on some guy (who may or may not consider himself gay) getting a blowjob in a gym sauna, any more than I judge the entire straight world on the countless lewd heterosexual behaviors I've seen over the years. It's not like in 2013 there aren't all kinds of gay people doing all kinds of great things for heterosexuals to observe. If they're listening to and believing Tony Perkins, they were never on our side.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 20, 2013 11:45:15 PM


  10. "DJsauvage" - YOU ARE ON POINT. Alan Brickman IS ASHAMED OF HOW MALE HOMOSEXUALS "ROLL." I WONDER WHERE Mr. Brickman WENT IN ORDER TO COME IN CONTACT WITH OTHERS' "foreign white substances."

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 21, 2013 1:02:02 AM


  11. "Jason,"

    YOUR COMMENTARY MAKES SENSE IF YOU ARE A VIRGIN WHO HAS NEVER "CRUISED" OUT-OF FEAR OF HIV/AIDS - OTHERWISE, YOUR DISGUST IS FAKE.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 21, 2013 1:07:05 AM


  12. SO, "will," YOU WANT political gays TO BE FRIGID? BRINGING SOMEONE HOME FOR SEX MEANS THE TWO PEOPLE TOOK ENOUGH TIME TO HAVE THE REQUIRED INTEREST. SPONTANEOUS PUBLIC SEX WILL ALWAYS EXIST - YOU CAN NOT "LIE" IT AWAY.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 21, 2013 1:14:39 AM


  13. "Paul R,"

    COAGULATED SEMEN CLINGS TO SKIN; SEMINAL FLUID [LIQUIFIED] IS SLIPPERY. HEAT - LIKE, FROM A STEAM ROOM - CAUSES SEMEN TO LIQUIFY; BUT, IF NOTICED EARLY, AN OFF-WHITE/TAUPISH-TINGE IS STILL VISIBLE.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 21, 2013 1:22:35 AM


  14. "Zeta,"

    YOU ARE A HYPOCRITE; THE HOSE AND SOAP ARE OF NO CONSEQUENCE.

    EVERYONE KNOWS IT IS CONVENTIONAL WISDOM FOR MALE HETEROSEXUALS IN BELIEVING ONLY MALE HOMOSEXUALS ARE INTERESTED IN SCULPTING THEIR BODIES. MALE HETEROSEXUALS DO NOT MIND HAVING "POTBELLIES," ETC. WHY DO YOU THINK MOST HETEROSEXUALS CONSIDER COMPETITIVE MALE-BODYBUILDING TO BE gay activity? - THAT IS WHY BODYBUILDING COMPETITIONS WERE REMOVED FROM ESPN.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 21, 2013 1:32:33 AM


  15. "Zeta,"

    THE ARTICLE DID NOT SAY THE ROOM WAS DARK. THE ARTICLE SAID WHEN THE SEX WAS IN PROGRESS, THE REAR BULB WAS OUT. SO, WHY DO YOU THINK THE MALE WHO FELL COULD NOT SEE THE SEMEN? THE ARTICLE DID NOT INDICATE HE WAS PRESENT AND SAW SEX IN PROGRESS.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 21, 2013 1:42:39 AM


  16. "Pete N SFO,"

    BEING THE ONLY ONE "PLAYING WITH YOUR JUNK" MAY BE NECESSARY FOR THOSE dumb gays WHO DO NOT COMPREHEND AN OFFER FOR SEX IS "ON-THE-TABLE."

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 21, 2013 1:51:57 AM


  17. THANKS, "CP" [20 JUNE; 12:31:53 PM] - BUT, NO ONE HEARD YOU.

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 21, 2013 2:01:14 AM


  18. I HEAR 'YA, "JR" [20 JUNE; 1:33:03 PM].

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 21, 2013 2:05:20 AM


  19. "antisaint," YOU ARE ASSUMING ALL MALE HOMOSEXUALS CARE ABOUT YOUR SCENARIO.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 21, 2013 2:14:58 AM


  20. I LIKE YOUR COMMENTARY, "David."

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 21, 2013 2:18:53 AM


  21. "greenfuzz," WHAT DO YOU EXPECT MALE HOMOSEXUALS FROM THE ONSET OF PUBERTY TO AGE TWENTY-ONE TO DO? SEXUAL EXPERIENCE PROVIDES THE SEXUAL STABILITY WHICH ALLOWS MATURE PEOPLE TO FOCUS ON ALL ASPECTS OF A RELATIONSHIP. INFIDELITY IN LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS IS BASED ON "NOT GETTING ENOUGH" WHEN A PERSON WAS YOUNG AND SINGLE.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 21, 2013 2:25:54 AM


  22. Umm, it's called liquid soap.

    Posted by: Andy | Jun 21, 2013 3:20:26 AM


  23. Well---I don't think of semen as "gross," but I do think these boys need to clean up after themselves. What do they think--that their mother's gonna clean up after them?

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Jun 21, 2013 6:31:41 AM


  24. I think I'd rather see people jerking off in the sauna than read another block of CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON's retarded drivel.

    Posted by: ripper | Jun 21, 2013 7:02:23 AM


  25. How was he so sure it was semen? Did he have it tested? It could have been shampoo, shaving cream, lotion...anything.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jun 21, 2013 10:02:54 AM


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