A glory hole is a hole in a wall or piece of fabric, just big enough for someone to slide their member through in order to have anonymous sex, often in a public location. Queer men have dominated glory holes throughout their history to have both anal and oral sex. These glorious holes are not going anywhere any time soon, so we wanted to share everything that you need to know about them.
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Glory holes have been around for some time. They were first discussed in the 1700’s when police caught men using them in England. They were most popular in the latter part of the 20th century when homosexuality was a punishable crime. The anonymity provided by a barrier allowed people to engage in sex that was otherwise frowned upon.
In modern day, glory holes are a major category of porn for both professional companies and amateurs on OnlyFans. Glory holes had such a spike in popularity in 2020 during the COVID pandemic that Buzzfeed News even did an extensive article on them. Apparently, the New York Health Department suggested the use of glory holes as a way to stay safe while having sex during the pandemic.
Glory holes began and continue to be a quintessential part of queer culture; something that most people have either tried or thought of trying. The thrill of cruising and anonymous sex is enticing. Although, the concept of them is a bit odd and can take some getting used to. Especially glory holes that are cut out through a bedsheet – they feel a bit like a Halloween costume. If you’re into it, give it a try. You don’t have anything to lose!
How to try
There are a few different ways you can find out about glory holes. First, Grindr and other gay apps. Many queer men will post on apps like Grindr advertising glory holes in their homes. They will put up a sheet with a hole in it and send people the address, so they can blow a load and leave, without ever truly meeting the man behind the curtain. This is a great entrance to glory holes if you are nervous about trying anything in public.
Next, Sniffies. This is a website designed for cruising and is available all over the world. Many people advertise cruising locations and glory holes on the site, so check and see what is around you.
Finally, you can find frequently find glory holes in adult book stores and gay clubs. If they advertise a dark room or an arcade, that very likely means that you can find some anonymous sex there. Word of mouth is still quite common in the queer community, so talk to friends to see where they might have gone.
You can find glory holes at home or on a trip, so it is up to you on where you try them. Bigger cities will certainly have more of a selection than smaller cities, but that does not mean they are impossible to find. Luckily, once you’ve found one, there is not much more research to do – it’s not like you’re choosing a partner.
Things to consider
As with all sex, and especially anonymous sex, there are a few important factors to consider. Make sure you are using condoms and/or on PrEP so you can avoid any unwanted scares. We know raw is better in theory, but you have no idea who the person is on the other side of the partition or where they have been. Often, one person will stay on one side for multiple visitors to the glory hole, so you want to be careful to avoid disease.
If you are visiting a glory hole in a public place, make sure to check the surroundings and thoroughly confirm that the person on the other side is also there for the same reason. You do not want to go sticking anything through a whole when an unsuspecting guy is just trying to use the bathroom.
The Bottom Line
If you have been thinking about visiting a glory hole on your next trip or even on a regular night in your city, do it. The most important thing is to stay safe and have fun. Whether you want to give or receive oral or anal, or all of the above, make sure you are looking and smelling your best with our skin care and booty care products.
Now go out there and get off!