Commenting to my second post on the Folsom Street Fair, V the K referenced a story which should give gay leaders across the pond a chance to stand up for firemen and against public sex, enabling them to show that not all gay people countenance some of the more outrageous behavior in our community.
Firemen in Bristol, England were “disciplined by their bosses” for shining their flashlights “at four men they found having sex in bushes.” Those four were “engaged in illegal ‘dogging’ – outdoor sexual activity with strangers – on parkland known as the Downs in Bristol late one night.” But, instead of arrest these blokes, the firemen “continued on their way to their fire station.”
After one of the “doggers” complained, accusing the firemen “of being homophobic,” they were punished, two fined while another was demoted, the fourth received a written reprimand.
I wonder if the firemen had called in the bobbies to arrest these lawbreakers, they might not find themselves in the politically correct hot water which has since scalded them.
This is just political correctness run amok. That someone engaging in public sex would have the gall to complain about a figure of public authority shining a flashlight on him while he’s breaking the law. If he wanted to avoid such attention, he would have gotten a room before getting his jollies.
Had the firefighters broken into a public room and so embarrassed people having sex, I would have some sympathy for the pleasure-seekers. But, having sex in public, come on!
It’s not being “homophobic” to embarrass someone who is breaking the law and engaging in public sex. (Wonder why Larry Craig didn’t come up with that complaint to lodge against the undercover cop at the Minneapolis airport. That might have earned him some sympathy, but instead he’s the one being punished with the cop going scot-free.)
Would it be “heterophobic” to embarrass straight people having sex in public?
If it’s “homophobic” to embarrass men having sex in public, then in asking society to tolerate and accept us, we’re asking them to countenance a broad range of behavior that most gay people criticize. And this gay man is criticizing Bristol authorities for disciplining these firemen–and those four “doggers” for not finding a private place to have sex.