Beat culture is supported within the gay community, might not be something that you can understand however there are some people who find the anonymity important. Others in the gay community simply acknowledge it exists. There are a minority that engage in inappropriate behaviours but you will most likely find that they are shunned. If you are offended by beats then you might not want to google 'dogging'.
Not quite sure what your perception is of your local police 'ferreting out and stomping on' people using beats. People can be at a beat, engage in certain acts providing it isn't publicly, there is no explicit power to search or move them on. There is even acknowledgements by the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers in relation to how beats are approached and what action is appropriate and what isn't. Might open your eyes to give them a call.
Come and live a day in my life and you will see just how much homosexuals are still discriminated against....you think that we 'have it good'? Think again...
Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I live now and now years ago where is was worse but there is no detriment to other members of society.
It's not pleasant being treated like less than a human being so often.
And like a PP pointed out, not being allowed to marry. That hurts a lot...
And my 2 cents on the OP.
I didn't even know that beats existed! It would be nice if they had somewhere cleaner and safer to go but those kinds of places exist so rarely. I don't really see it as much of a difference than anyone else having sex in public. I'm not sure why it's different that it's planned rather than another couple doing it spontaneously? It's still sex in public.
- and don't try to tell me the desperate pervs who bang strangers next to where people take dumps are concerned about hygiene!
Now that I'm aware of those areas, I can recall several times that I noticed, what would have been, people meeting up there.
Dh & I are discreet in our own home because sex is not something our children (or anyone else) should be witnessing, so I think it's only fair that we could expect to go in public without the possibility of witnessing other people hooking up... planned or not.
This whole thread has been a major eye opener for me. I had absolutely no idea this sort of thing went on in public places.
I actually find it really vile, and it's got nothing to do with it being man on man, I find the idea of public orgies in dirty public places abhorent. Just gross.
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