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The American writer Truman Capote was a regular at New York City baths in the 1970s, in particular the sauna at West 58th Street.
Another service offered by the baths was voter registration. Mark's Baths in New York City, with the assistance of the League of Women Voters, conducted a voter registration drive on its premises.
His biography states: "So great was his need to be with boys, that though his home contained two pianos, he chose to practice at an instrument at the Y, and his favourite time was when the players were coming and going from their games." When a friend with "little experience but great desire" confided his homosexual longings to Charles Griffes in 1916, Griffes took him to the Lafayette so that he could meet other gay men and explore his sexual interests in a supportive environment: the friend was "astounded and fascinated" by what he saw there.
In the short period from April 1492 to February 1494 they convicted 44 men for homosexual relations not involving violence or aggravating circumstances.His 1918 homoerotic self-portrait set in a Turkish bath is likely to have been inspired by it.The American composer Charles Griffes (1884–1920) wrote in his diaries about visits to the New York City bathhouses and the YMCA.In Florence, Italy, in 1492 there was a purge against the "vice of sodomy".