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Toronto’s 37-Year-Old Bathhouse Closes to Become A Different Kind of Sex Den

Club Toronto, the Canadian bathhouse that’s provided gay men a place to steam and sip coffee and stroll for nearly four decades, abruptly closed earlier this month. On the weekend, a visitor could secure a room for 12 hours for $30; students and seniors with valid ID got half off. The venue featured a casual lounge, outdoor pool, sex slings, and jail cells. “It was before AIDS, and it was a freer and easier age,” says Peter Maloney, the lawyer and gay activist who helped found Club Toronto. “We could be sexual — it was a period of awakening.”

The space will be converted into a swingers’ club. So now everyone can be sexual there.