Baltimore’s economy today is fueled by universities, state government, hospitals and Under Armour sportswear.
But not too long ago this Rust Belt City was heavily industrial, filled with factories and hulking smokestacks.
An acquaintance, “Kenny,” told me about how he hooked up with a long term sex partner back in the 70s when Baltimore was still a city of industry.
Kenny was married with kids and worked at a Bethlehem Steel plant in Sparrows Point. The job was hot and gritty and dirty so workers showered in the locker room before changing back into street clothes and going home.
Kenny befriended another married man on his shift named “Omar.” For some reason, although Omar worked on a different team, he always made excuses to shower the same time as Kenny.
They would banter and joke back and forth, talking about sports or whether Lola Falana was hotter than Jayne Kennedy or “Sanford and Son” was a funnier TV show than “That’s My Mama!” Omar would never rush to put on his clothes and would stand naked talking to Kenny, acting as natural as can be.
For years Kenny knew he was attracted to woman and men. So he didn’t mind getting a chance to look at Omar’s tall, dark, lean body and his long dick, all glistening and wet from the shower.
Soon they started sharing rides with each back in the city. Omar would brag about his past sexual conquests with women, rubbing and grabbing his crotch to make his point. Kenny would be so turned on he could barely look at Omar — his palms would sweat as he tightly held the steering wheel.
Then one day it happened.
“You want to play with this dick, don’t you?” Omar asked.
“You know, yeah I do,” Kenny answered.
And he pulled over the car on a dark side street in West Baltimore, leaned over, pulled Omar’s dick out of his pants and sucked it.
Soon Omar and Kenny were hooking up every week or every other week.
“We were fucking like rabbits — I loved taking that big dick,” Kenny said.
Since they worked at the steel plant at night it was easy to hook up. Their wives worked during the day and the kids were at school so they had either house to themselves.
“It was like a relationship,” Kenny said. “Since we both worked at the same plant it was easy because we could socialize together with our families. He knew my wife and I knew his wife.”
This went on for years. They only had one close call when Omar’s wife came home from work unexpectedly during the day and almost caught them fucking.
Today the men are in their sixties. They are just friends now — they haven’t had sex in several years. Omar is still with his wife while Kenny divorced his wife and is out.
“There was a whole lot of gay sex going on back in the day,” Kenny said. “You just kept things more quiet.”