The Secret Gay History of the World Trade Center

Like those of us old enough to remember it, director and programmer Adam Baran knows where he was the day of the attacks of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. “I woke up late [in my NYU dorm] — I’m always a late sleeper — and my mom was calling me, ‘There’s this thing going on at the World Trade Center,’” Baran recalled to me over Zoom last week. Somewhat disoriented, he got up, looked through the window to see bedlam, put some clothes on, and headed as far away from the area as he could, until the police sent everyone back in the other direction. He grabbed his clothes and left, and that was effectively the last time he would engage with the World Trade Center. Well, until recently.

Baran’s new short film “Trade Center,” which premiers at SXSW today, brought the filmmaker back to explore the building’s underground history as a spot for gay and queer men to cruise. Hooking up in bathrooms and beneath stairwells, business suits would convene with janitors; Wall Street types with “Jewish men with yarmulkes”; tourists with executives; and white collar with blue collar in a way that nearly transcended class and race, all away from prying eyes.

“Stop number one on a sex tour of the World Trade Center would be the men’s room on the lower level near the entrance to the PATH trains,” Miller recounts in the film, chronicling his arrival to New York in the 1970s, shortly after the modern gay liberation movement kicked off. Another voice corroborates, describing that “all the way in the back, where there were ten urinals” and that “in the middle of the day, there’d be five to seven guys just jerking off.” The film gives the impression that this kind of activity, which happened any time of day despite how bustling the building was, had been going on as long as WTC had alcoves to squirrel away in. Other hot spots included the beneath staircase leading to the parking lot, unused offices, storage rooms, rooms that required a key (which you could get from a horny employee). In these makeshift sex rooms, there was “every combination of guys there,” but everyone wanted to have sex with a suit, which made the 12th floor of the building a prime destination for hunting and cruising, requiring only the costume of your own suit, as there was no sign in procedure at the time.

“Trade Center” nearly goes out of its way to not show you archival footage and photographs from the past. Besides an opening sequence, in which his friend and narrator Billy Miller—the editor of the gay zine Straight to Hell—discusses the malleability of public and private sexual spaces against a few seconds of period footage (“back in the 1970s, every public restroom, secluded park, roadside stop, was a potential or actual orgy room,” Miller recollects), the film takes place in the still new One World Trade Center, juxtaposing voiceover recollections of the stories of men and their libidinous and gloriously filthy adventures against the sanitized, heavily surveilled, mall-like atmosphere of the new building’s interiors. The alluringly dirty history of the World Trade Center is effectively gone, maintained only by recollections and remembrances. “The days that we went to scout and film, those were the first times that I had been back to that area,” Baran told me.

As the disembodied voices retell steamy encounters and the kismet of momentary intimacy, the film turns its lens to the bulbous black and white security cameras that pockmark nearly every wall and border, tracking everyone’s movements. While cops tried to break up sex in bathrooms during that time, there was no real worry of being caught, one of the voices tells us. Now, the floors of One World Trade Center have men in uniform stationed across its immaculate landscape.

This cleaning up of gayness, gay spaces, and gay culture is familiar to lots of queer people, Baran included: “We know the earliest queer movements in our country, from the queer liberation movement to the pre-liberation movement, that there’s this ongoing tension always between the forces of who are respectable and want to say ‘if we just show society that we’re good and that we can be good citizens, they will let us in’,” Baran began. “And then there’s the other people who are saying, ‘We don’t want to be a part of that dominant society: that dominant society does horrible things, it promotes wars, it’s racist, it’s classist, and we want to show solidarity.’ And the gay movement from the ‘60s on, that was kind of the split.”

“Trade Center” is in dialogue with these historical moments of intense politicization: The ongoing AIDS epidemic that peaked in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s and the current global COVID-19 pandemic. One voice in the film discusses Rudy Giuliani’s role in cracking down on public cruising spaces in the early 1990s “at the height of the AIDS crisis”, saying that “he systematically raided and shut down gay bars with back rooms, dirty movie theaters, and several bathhouses.” Baran also discussed with me how the aftermath of the attacks led to a reinvention of TriBeCa that wrenched corners of queer consummation from people’s wandering feet. 9/11 was the nail in the coffin of open sex secrets: It changed, amongst many other things, how we negotiate our identities and fantasies of ourselves in public. The film bumps up against these various periods of time in nearly surreal form, simultaneously observing a time whencruising was a kind of gay norm and the current reality in which public sex is both more difficult to engage in and also to some degree considered antiquated and unneeded.

Those spaces of desire and performance, as “Trade Center” tells us, were feral, steamy, gross, exciting, and sensual in their modification of public utility into a private stage for fantasy and momentary closeness. But maybe all isn’t lost after all. Baran ended our conversation with a laugh: “Horny gay people will not be stopped; horny queer people will not be stopped.”

“Trade Center” is directed by Adam Baran and will premiere at SXSW.

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County Health Services Complex3851 Rosecrans Diego, CA 92110619.692.8550Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 7:30am – 4pmWednesdays: 11am – 7pmThursday: 10am – 4pm

North Coastal Public Health Center3609 Ocean Ranch Blvd.Oceanside, CA 92056760.967.4401Wednesday: 12:30 – 7:30pm

Central Region Public Health Center5202 University Diego, CA 92105619.229.5400Tuesday: 1 – 7:30pmFriday: 10 am – 4pm

South Region Public Health Center690 Oxford Vista, CA 91911619.409.3110Thursday: 12 noon – 6pm

The Night Clinic (TNC)Monday-Thursday, 5-9pmHIV testing (Rapid and Early), STD screening & treatment, PrEP, PEP and Transgender Hormone TherapyHillcrest Family Health Center4094 4th Avenue, Hillcrest 92103 619.515.2545

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Dr. Maile Karris UC San Diego Health System – Hillcrest (Medical Offices South) 4168 Front Street 3rd Floor Suite 2A San Diego, CA 92103 ID 619.543.6146

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VA Medical Center NOTE: PCP prescribes all meds unless needing to refer to HIV specialist. 3350 La Jolla Village Dr. San Diego, CA 92161 858.552.8585

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• Must not have insurance or have an insurance that does not cover Truvada®. • Application required including documenting proof of residency, proof of income, prescriber info, prescription and HIPAA.• Must also make less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. • Will cover 90 days of medication during Medi-Cal application process. If Medi-Cal is denied or not yet approved after 90 days, access will be extended to 6 months. • Call 1.855.330.5479, Monday through Friday between 9am and 8pm EST. 

If all of the listed options have been exhausted without success, a written request for a “special exception” can be submitted as a part of an “appeals process.” This letter can be submitted with the Medication Assistance Program application and should include: • A description of why you need assistance andamount of time that assistance is needed. • A list of all monthly expenses (no expense is too small). • Whether or not you are currently on PrEP and if so, how has it been covered? It is important to note whether you are coming off of a Gilead study. • List other medications you are taking, how they are being paid for, generic vs. name brand. • Maximum approval for a special exception is 6 months, after which you must re-apply. Special exceptions are not intended to be a sustainable solution. Explore an insurance option that works for you.

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The Center also cannot guarantee a good fit between any given provider and any given client. Therefore, the website listings are not recommendations. Instead they are information on where to start looking, since these providers have asked to be listed as LGBT-friendly. Providers will not be listed in the first two years of their licensure.

Clients are advised to research their provider choice further by, for example, interviewing the provider, researching areas of specialization, experience, and malpractice claim history, and by performing other normal due diligence in selecting someone in whom to entrust their health care.

Providers who wish to be listed may contact The Center with that request. Once their licensure has been confirmed and a short application filled out, they will be listed on the Center website.

North County Audiology858.674.191011835 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite 1313

Marc Gottlieb, DC619.291.54331452 University Ave San Diego, CA 92103

Angel Ochoa-Rea, DC619.300.38383069 Lincoln Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

Joseph Ortega, DC619.296.56555005 Texas St #301, San Diego, CA 92108

Shawn Robek, DC, LAc619.295.97911010 University Ave, Suite C201, San Diego, CA 92103

Tim Shannahan, DC619.543.99991816 Lincoln Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

AHF San Diego Healthcare Center619.516.89313904 4th Ave, Suite 140, San Diego, CA 92103

AHF Men’s (STD) Wellness Center619.516.89203904 4th Ave, Suite 140, San Diego, CA 92103

Beach Area Community Clinic 619.488.0644 3705 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

Central Region Public Health Center 619.229.54005202 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92105

County Health Services Complex 619.692.8550 3851 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92110

HIV, STD & Hepatitis Branch of Public Health Services (previously known as the County Office of AIDS Coordination)619.296.3400

East San Diego Health Center 619.229.7990 5202 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92105

Human Rights Clinic619.278.24053990 Old Town Ave, C201, San Diego, CA 92110

Imperial Beach Community Clinic 619.429.3733 154 Palm Ave, San Diego, CA 92118

Linda Vista Health Center 619.279.0925 6973 Linda Vista Rd San Diego, CA 92111

Logan Heights Family Health Center 619.515.2300 1809 National Ave, San Diego, CA

Naval Medical Center San Diego Balboa Navy Hospital)619.532.640034800 Bob Wilson Dr, San Diego, CA 92134

North Central Public Health Center 858.490.4400 2440 Grand Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Our Place Comprehensive Health Center619.527.7390286 Euclid Ave, Suite 308, San Diego, CA 92114619.231.9791120 Elm St, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92101

Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest17 health care center locations1-888-743-7526

Public Health Services 619.296.2120 3028 Fifth Ave San Diego, CA 92103

Rosecrans Public Health Center 619.692.8550 3851 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92110

San Diego County Immunization Initiative619.692.8661

The San Diego Psychological Association 619.297.48252535 Camino del Rio South, Suite 220, San Diego, CA 92108

San Diego American Indian Health Center619.234.0648 or 619.234.21582630 First Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

San Diego County Department of Health Services, Askew Clinic 619.692.8550 1700 Pacific Highway, Rm. 107, San Diego, CA 92101

San Ysidro Health Center619.428.44634004 Beyer Blvd, San Ysidro, CA 92173

Southeast Public Health Center 619.231.9300 3177 Ocean View Blvd, San Diego, CA 92113

Vista Community Clinic760.631.5000 x0 (X7112 for Gender Care Services) 1000 Vale Terrace, Vista, CA 92084

Carl Jepsen, DDS619.298.2229306 Walnut St, Suite 39, San Diego, CA 92103

Jeffrey Keeny, DDS619.295.15121807 Robinson Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Brian Lenzkes, MD619.297.37373260 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Eric MosierKaiser PermanenteFamily Medicine/Family Physician8080 Parkway Dr, La Mesa, CA 919421.800.290.5000

Michael Schmerber, MD619.515.2545 x4849Family Health Centers San Diego4094 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Kaiser Permanente Infertility Clinic619.221.03503250 Fordham Drive, San Diego, CA 92110

Lila Schmidt, MD619.295.40504060 4th Ave #610, San Diego, CA 92103

The Lesbian Health Clinic Progressive Health Services619260.0810 2141 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104

West Coast Surrogacy & West Coast Egg Donation1080 University AvenueSuite H 201San Diego, CA 92103949.861.4100

Male Fertility Specialists6699 Alvarado Road, #2207San Diego, CA 92120619.286.3520

Craig Ballard, Pharm.D.UC San Diego Owen Clinic800.926.82734168 Front Street, 3rd Floor, San Diego, CA 92103

Jennifer Blanchard, M.D.UC San Diego Owen Clinic800.926.82734168 Front Street, 3rd Floor, San Diego, CA 92103

Edward Cachay, M.D., M.A.S. (Bilingual Spanish)UC San Diego Owen Clinic800.926.82734168 Front Street, 3rd Floor, San Diego, CA 92103

Joseph Caperna, M.D., A.P.C. (Bilingual Spanish)619.233.40441855 First Ave, Suite 200B, San Diego, CA 92101

Brad Colwell, Pharm.D.UC San Diego Owen Clinic800.926.82734168 Front Street, 3rd Floor, San Diego, CA 92103

Ronald Joseph Ellis, M.D., San Diego Health – Hillcrest Medical Offices North800.926.8273200 West Arbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92103

Joseph Lonergan, M.D.UC San Diego Owen Clinic619.543.39954168 Front Street, 3rd Floor, San Diego, CA 92103

William Christopher Mathews, M.D.UC San Diego Owen Clinic800.926.82734168 Front Street, 3rd Floor, San Diego, CA 92103

Amy Sitapati, M.D.Internal Medicine, UC San Diego Health858.657.80008939 Villa La Jolla Drive, Suite 110, La Jolla, CA 92037

UCSD Women’s Health Center619.471.9230330 Lewis Street, Suite #200 San Diego, CA 92123

Best Start Birth Center619.299.08403343 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

Kaiser PermanentePatricia Achilly, NP800.290.50004405 Vandever Avenue San Diego, CA 92120

Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical GroupDiana Cantu, MD800.290.5000780 Shadowridge Drive, Vista, CA 92083

Lesbian Health ClinicSuzanne Gage RN619.260.08102141 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92104

Kari Lynn Purcott, M. Vista Way, Suite 202, Oceanside, CA 92056760.901.5200

Eshwa Ahmadi, MDGeneral PractitionerKaiser Permanente4405 Vandever Avenue, San Diego, CA 92120800.464.4000

Jose J. Canales, MDEndocrinologistKaiser Permanente3033 Bunker Hill Street, San Diego, CA 92109877.236.0333

Mary Cueva, MDFamily MedicineSharp Rees Stealy2067 W. Vista Way, Suite 250, Vista, CA 92083866.228.2236

Brian Eichenberg, MDPlastic Surgery24687 Monroe Avenue, Murietta, CA 92562951.506.1040

Tom Maddox, MDGeneral PractitionerKaiser Permanente4405 Vandever Avenue, San Diego, CA 92120800.464.4000

Maja Marinkovic, MDPediatric Endocrinology7910 Frost St, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92123858.966.4032

Anita Marlowe, MDInternal MedicineKaiser/UCSD4647 Zion Avenue, San Diego, CA 92120619.528.5000

Marlene M. Millen, MDInternal MedicineUCSD330 Lewis Street, Suite 301, San Diego, CA 92103619.471.9250

Ron Newfield, MDPediatric Endocrinology7910 Frost St, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92123858.966.4032

Laura Norton Petrovich, MDPediatricsSharp Rees Stealy1224 10th Street, Suite 200, Coronado, CA 92118619.435.2234

Kari Lynn Purcott, MDOB/GYN3998 Vista Way, Suite 202, Oceanside, CA 92056760.901.5200

Jeffrey Sandler, MDEndocrinology4060 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103619.497.6188

The Night Clinic (TNC)Monday-Thursday, 5-9pmEndocrinology/Hormone Treatment Counselors/HIV&STD TestingHillcrest Family Health Center4094 4th Avenue, Hillcrest 92103 619.515.2545

Brian Dicks, MDGenesis Healthcare Partners4060 4th Avenue, Suite 310San Diego, CA 92103619.297.4707

The San Diego LGBT Community Center Health & Wellness list is offered as a service to the community. Listing does not constitute endorsement by The Center or its Board or Officers. Content of the listings is provided by and represented as accurate by the listed individuals and groups.

Providers who wish to be listed may contact The Center with that request. Once their licensure has been confirmed and a short application filled out, they will be listed on the Center website.

Susie Gill, DONA International Trained Postpartum Doula619.252.5961

The Lesbian Health Clinic Progressive Health Services619.260.0810 2141 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92104

Judy Callihan Warfield Palm Avenue #205, La Mesa, CA 91941

Judy Callihan Warfield  Palm Avenue #205, La Mesa, CA 91941

Resounding Joy858.457.220011300 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite 106San Diego, CA 92121

Christie’s Place619.702.41862440 3rd Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Center for Community SolutionsHotline: 888.385.4657858.272.5777 (Coastal)619.697.7477 (East County)760.747.6282 (North County)

Live and Let Live Alano Club1730 Monroe Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116

San Diego County Domestic Violence Council Hotline: 888.272.1767

Stepping Stone of San Diego619.295.3995 3969 4th Avenue, Suite 208, San Diego, CA 92103

Bay Recovery Centers Inc.4241 Jutland Drive, Suite 103, San Diego, CA 92117

The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s LGBT-Friendly Spirituality Resources list is offered as a service to the community. Listing does not constitute endorsement by The Center or its Board or Officers. Content of the listings is provided by and represented as accurate by the listed individuals and groups.

To have your congregation/resource be considered for listing, please e-mail

Vajarupini Buddhist Center3300 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92103619.692.3676

Dignity San DiegoMeets in First UU Church at 4190 Front St, San Diego, CA 92103760212.3434

Mary Magdalene Apostle Catholic CommunityMeets at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church 2696 Melbourne Dr. San Diego CA 92123 (Serra Mesa)619.334.1722

St. John the Beloved3900 Cleveland Ave. San Diego CA 92103619.400.3902

First Church of the Brethren of San Diego3850 Westgate Place, San Diego, CA 92105619.573.5784

Missiongathering Christian Church3090 Polk Ave, San Diego, CA 92104619.624.9335

Revelation Christian Church13867 Bruyere Ct, San Diego, CA 92129909.938.6721

University Christian Church3900 Cleveland Ave, San Diego, CA 92103619.295.4146 /

All Saints’ Episcopal Church625 Pennsylvania Ave, San Diego, CA 92103619.298.7729

All Souls’ Episcopal Church1475 Catalina Blvd. San Diego CA 92107619.223.6394

Holy Cross Episcopal Church2510 Gateway Rd, Carlsbad, CA 92009760.930.1270

St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church16275 Pomerado Rd, Poway, CA 92064858.487.2159

St. David’s Episcopal Church5050 Milton St, San Diego, CA 92110619.276.4567

St. John’s Episcopal Church434 N. Iowa St. Fallbrook CA 92028760.728.2908

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church4227 Fairmount Ave. San Diego CA 92105619.283.6242

St. Paul’s Cathedral2728 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103619.298.7612

First Lutheran Church of San Diego1420 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101619.234.6149

King of Kings Lutheran Church2993 MacDonald St. Oceanside CA 92054760.757.2525

Congregation Beth El8660 Gilman Dr. La Jolla CA, 92037858.452.1734

Tifereth Israel Synagogue6660 Cowles Mtn. Blvd. San Diego CA 92119619.697.6001

Kahal Am-The Humanistic Jewish Community of San DiegoPO Box 927751, San Diego, CA 92192858.549.3088

Congregation Dor HadashMeets in the Beit Midrash of Congregation Beth El: 8660 Gilman Dr. La Jolla CA 92037858.268.3674

Temple Adat Shalom15905 Pomerado Rd. Poway CA 92064858.451.1200

Temple Emanu-El6299 Capri Dr. San Diego CA 92120619.286.2555

Temple Solel3575 Manchester Ave, Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007760.436.0654

Bethlehem Lutheran Church925 Balour Dr. Encinitas CA 92024760.753.1026

Christ Lutheran Church4761 Cass St, San Diego, CA 92109858.483.2300

Metropolitan Community Church of San Diego2633 Denver St, San Diego, CA 92110619.521.2222

KMC San Diego (Kadampa Meditation Center)3125 Rosecrans St. Bldg. B San Diego 92110619.230.5852

Congregation Dor HadashMeets in the Beit Midrash of Congregation Beth El at 8660 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037858.268.3674

San Diego Center For Spiritual Living1430 Seventh Ave, Suite C, San Diego, CA 92101619.980.5190

Science of Mind and Spirit3858 Front St, San Diego, CA 92103619.291.4728

La Jolla Friends Meeting7380 Eads Ave. San Diego CA 92037858.456.1020

Swedenborgian Church of San Diego4144 Campus Ave. San Diego CA 92103310.435.4907

Chalice Unitarian Universality Congregation2324 Miller Ave, Escondido, CA 92029760.737.0393

First Unitarian Universalist Church4190 Front St, San Diego, CA 92103619.298.9978

Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship1600 Buena Vista Dr. Vista CA 92081760.941.4319

Summit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship8778 Cottonwood Ave, Santee, CA 92071619.562.0833

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito1036 Solana Dr. Solana Beach CA 92075858.755.9225

Community Church of Poway 13501 Community Rd. Poway CA 92064858.748.3304

Congregational Church of La Jolla1216 Cave St. (corner of Ivanhoe) La Jolla CA 92122858.459.5045

Kensington Community Church4773 Marlborough Ave, San Diego, CA 92116619.284.1129

Mission Hills United Church of Christ4070 Jackdaw St, San Diego, CA 92103619.296.2169

Pilgrim United Church of Christ2020 Chestnut Ave. Carlsbad CA 92008760.729.6311

Pioneer Ocean View United Church of Christ2550 Fairfield St. San Diego CA 92110619.276.4881

United Church of Christ of La Mesa5940 Kelton Ave, La Mesa, CA 91942619.464.1519

First United Methodist Church of San Diego2111 Camino del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108619.297.4366

Pacific Beach United Methodist Church1561 Thomas Ave, San Diego, CA 92109858.274.6573

United Methodist Church of Vista490 S Melrose Dr. Vista, CA 92081760.487.8844

Normal Heights United Methodist Church4650 Mansfield St., San Diego, CA 92116619.284.9243

Mission Hills United Methodist Church4044 Lark St., San Diego, CA 92103619.296.1243

Christ Chapel North Park3927 Utah St. San Diego, CA 92104619.542.1113

Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice of San Diego County3758 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

Jehovah Truth Full Gospel MinistriesMeets at The Center Library: 3909 Centre St. San Diego CA 92103619.717.7702

Joyful Living Spiritual Center4425 Bannock Ave, San Diego, CA 92117619.797.0255

Network of Spiritual Progressives, San Diego & North County Chapters

Seaside Center for Spiritual Living1613 Lake Dr. Encinitas CA 92024760.753.5786 

Sojourn Grace Collective: San Diego’s Progressive Christian ChurchMeets at Christ Lutheran Church4761 Cass St. San Diego, CA 92109

Teaching of the Inner Christ, Outreach Ministry1114 N Second St. El Cajon CA 92021619.200.3639

The Unity Center8999 Activity Rd, San Diego, CA 92126858.689.6500

VISION: A Center for Spiritual Living6154 Mission Gorge Rd, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92120619.303.6609

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