SEX PANIC: The History of the San Francisco Bathhouse Closures

Thursday, August 13 from 7 to 9 p.m.
GLBT History Museum

Willie Walker - founder of the GLBT Historical Society February 18, 1999
Willie Walker – founder of the GLBT Historical Society February 18, 1999

In 1984 the controversy over bathhouses and the AIDS crisis, sexual freedom and public health erupted into a political battle. With a skyrocketing increase of AIDS deaths, a fight within the gay community, city hall, and the medical community erupted, fueling passions on all sides. A vibrant sex culture collapsed, and the aftermath affects us 30 years later. Join us for a multimedia presentation on this topic by sex educator, activist and erotic art collector Buzz Bense. Bense moved to San Francisco in 1979 and lived here through the plague years. In 1986, he opened the sex club 890 Folsom; he was also the founder and owner of Eros.