Is Cottaging Legal In The UK?

By The Gay UK, Jul 30 2015 10:48AM



Cottaging is a British slang term for man on man sexual contact in the public toilets. It is not legal in the UK to have sexual contact in a public rest room or toilet.

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Cottaging is a term which can be traced back to Victorian times, when “cottage” referred to a small house or public house. Cottaging is illegal in the United Kingdom under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, and applies to both heterosexual and homosexual acts.
The Sexual Offences Act 2003 doesn’t say however that sex in a public place is illegal. Cruising grounds and cottaging are two different spaces. Cruising grounds are defined as open spaces, where men can hook up with men, or straight couples can meet for sex (often referred to as dogging), as long as no members of the public can see you.
You risk being arrested if reported by a member of the public. If this happens you have the right to legal advice from a on-duty solicitor at the police station. If convicted you could be sentenced to 6 months in prison and /or a fine.
A caution or conviction will result in a criminal record for a sexual offence which you will have to disclose in any criminal record checks.
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