Apparently macho Italian wise guys throw the best gay sex parties!
Gerald Busby, the last living Bohemian in Chelsea, recounts the wild 1970s in allegedly Mafia-run sex clubs in the meatpacking district as reported by Adam Gopnik for The New Yorker:
Those were also the peak years of sexual freedom, particularly in the gay community. "It was a time among gay men, young gay artists -- we felt that we could do anything. We were invincible. In the mid-seventies up to around '85. The bars! All the gay leather and cowboy bars were run by the New Jersey mafia. But their money supported an expression of all this wild fantasy. We thought, 'We're going to live forever, and we can do outrageous sexual things.' It was epitomized by the club called the Mineshaft. It was in the old meatpacking area -- that was also Mafia, they controlled that. But the Mineshaft brought everything together, where it all came to a head."
"What was it? Well, it was everything -- it was kind of like … kind of like Bloomingdale's. If you wanted to be pissed on, you went into that room; if you wanted to be fist-fucked, you went into that room. It was like an old-fashioned department store: 'Going up! Lingerie, lawnmowers, fist-fucking.'"
The new book The Mafia and the Gays by Phillip Crawford Jr. includes a chapter on The Mineshaft and the meatpacking district.
Further reading that may be of interest: