WATCH Bette Midler’s Final Performance At The Continental Baths in NYC (1971) – Video

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Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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  1. Jim Hampton says:

    Love this article. I wish there were more pictures of the other areas of the Continental

  1. October 25, 2011

    […] about the actual dress that Bette Midler wore  at the beginning of her career while performing at the Continental Baths in New York City with Barry […]

  2. August 17, 2014

    […] Bette Midler got her start singing at a joint called The Continental Baths in New York City. Her accompanist was a young Barry Manilow, who played the piano in his birthday suit, a towel, and nothing else. The Continental was one of a gaggle of places where, for a fee, a guy could walk in, check his clothes, wrap a towel around his waist (or not) and find the companionship of like-minded guys in dark corners (or not-so-dark-corners, if that was your bag). […]

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