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Going cottaging


In his younger years, James used to go cottaging in several different venues around Birmingham, including those at , Pallasades, Bristol Street, Hurst Street flyover. “In terms of the make up of people there were a lot of people you did not see on the gay scene, who were married, they were just there for the sex.” As the authorities clamped down, the toilets were closed and people were forced to go out of the city centre. There was a particular venue in Selly Oak, where there were “young, hot boys”.

“Everybody would be stood in line, not talking, no one acknowledging each other, just waiting quietly to go in.” There was always the risk of police raids and people would have to keep a lookout. (c1995)

Contributed by: James, 40

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