Cottaging (UK style)
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Discovering the relative acceptance of cottaging among UK gay men was a real surprise to me. I think it hit me in The Swimming-pool Library where the narrator stopped into a public piss-stop to have sex as casually as he the average American buys a Big Mac.
Then I remembered that both Alan Turing* and Joe Meek's careers ended in English public lavatories. More recently in an English gay movie whose title escapes me a very sweet boy stops off regularly to give men blowjobs at the local public loo.
In movies and fiction at least British gay men meet there, start dating, sometimes even fall in love.
When I was just out in Savannah, GA I remember a man who hung out in the bathroom at J.C. Penny's. It shocked my young virgin self. By my time it was something only creepy old men did. I've had plenty of friends who've chased cheap sex wherever it was handy but none have ever shared their public toilet stories should they have any.
Cruising for Sex has reviews of public restrooms around the country. There's one not far from my house that got a glowing review. Depending on your point of view I've used it at the wrong or right hours.
Can't think of any reason why we shouldn't do it in the road but the Sears bathroom seems a disturbing venue.
Inspired by a somber story of Honeytom's.
* Looks like I was misremembering, Turning's sexuality wasn't exposed by cottaging.