Is This Your Business?
In Los Angeles gay men have been meeting for in bathhouses for most of the Twentieth Century. One of the city's earliest bathhouses opened prior to 1922. Located on 4th Street in downtown, the "Palace Turkish Baths" originally operated as a straight venue, offering massages and Turkish Baths facilities, but it gradually evolved into a clandestine gay bathhouse. Currently, it operates as KLYT Baths, a venue well-known for its Latino clientele. During the 1940s it was said to have been a favorite haunt of Rock Hudson and some lesser-known film stars of the day. According to the author's great-uncle, Joe Therrien, "the Palace Baths was popular with the gay crowd when I started going there in the 1940s. I had an affair with an actor there. He appeared in those fly-by-night cowboy movies that Hollywood put out in a week's time. When the actor's lover found out about our meetings, we ended our affair at the baths. In those days you always knew who was who because there were few places in Los Angeles where men could meet for . When you went to the baths you saw the same faces year after year."