Cruising under the Telecom Tower
Rob talks about cruising by the Telecom Tower in the city centre and how it was more about social networking than sex "I used to go cruising for sex on the canal under the BT tower in the city on the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, along the Farmers Bridge Locks. I found these places through talking to people. There were lots of men who like to have sex with men and I chatted with people there. There was an enormous social aspect to the cruising areas before bars like 'Boots' opened. I met a lot of people there ten years ago and I still talk with them. Cruising was underground and subversive. Public spaces for sex have been culturally stripped of their significance, and this has happened all over the UK."
Contributed by: Rob Gibb, 43