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Glory hole

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A glory hole punched into the side of a stall

A glory hole is a hole that is cut into the side of a bathroom stall or wall. People use these holes to have anonymous sex with each other. Glory holes became popular in the 1950s-70s with the gay community when homosexuality was outlawed or was a criminal act in many places. They started to lose popularity during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s and when homosexuality was decriminalized in many places.[1][2] While popular with gay men, glory holes have also been used by heterosexual and bisexual people.


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  1. Gay Ethics: Controversies in Outing, Civil Rights, and Sexual Science. Murphy, Timothy F. New York: Haworth Press. 1994. p. 237. ISBN 978-1-56023-056-4. OCLC 30157355.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. "Who Do We Have to Thank for "Glory Holes"—Glass Blowers or Gays?". Slate Magazine. Retrieved November 15, 2023.