LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A city councilman in Louisville, Ky., says a gay health club here is not appropriate for its Smoketown location because 20 percent of men who have sex with men who have contracted STDs here have been to the club, HAS-11, a regional news outlet, reports.
Vapor Spa is part of a 450,000-square-foot development project being built by Vapor owner George Stinson and his business partner, Ed Lewis.
“I don’t have a problem with the rest of the development, I only have a problem with the portion known as the Vapor Spa,” Councilman David James said, according to WHAS-11.
Stinson said those with memberships at Vapor Spa sign an agreement, stating they are gay men. They then have access to the outdoor pool, steam room, fitness center and private changing rooms.
James said he got his STD figures from the CDC, WHAS-11 reports.
”We have issues of sexually transmitted diseases according to the health department coming through there. But the bigger problem is this is a place that advertises and suggests lewd behavior at its location,” James said, according to WHAS-11.
James claims the spa operates as a sex club. He said he went there under a different name after constituents raised concerns about the establishment.
“There were people openly having sex all over the place in the building there, so I was kind of shocked,” James said.
Stinson said there’s no record of James ever entering the facility. Stinson said James has been attacking his business for the last year by wrongly calling it a sex club and insinuating men are getting STDs while there.
Stinson said his businesses over a 40-year period have had the sex club charge lobbed at them. He said it’s not true.