Fifty years ago cruising and cottaging weren’t the fetishes or fantasies that they arguably are now; they were a necessity — the only way for most men to meet other men, albeit it a risky one.From the early 1950s, there was a witchhunt afoot, with Conservative home secretary David Maxwell Fyfe vowing to “rid England of this plague” as he despatched undercover policemen to prowl in parks, cruising grounds and public toilets.
A teenage motorsport driver who lost both his legs in a horrific high-speed smash has made another public appearance just months after the horrific accident.Billy 'The Whiz' Monger was pictured chatting with racing champ Lewis Hamilton MBE, at the Formula 1 World Championship Practice Day at Silverstone, Northamptonshire.“You couldn’t say it was a gay bar because the concept didn’t exist.It was full of straight people but towards one end of the room a group of gay men would meet up.” They were cautious and used Polari, [gay slang] “which I didn’t understand at all at first,” he laughs.He is pictured taking part in an interview before his accident Billy's attendance at the Practice Day is the latest public appearance by the inspirational teen, who just 10 days ago took part in his first race since losing both his legs The Formula 4 driver was back behind the wheel with help from Team BRIT, which helps disabled drivers and injured servicemen to take part in motorsport.
He drove a specially adapted golf cart fitted with steering wheel mounted hand controls for the throttle, brakes and clutch.
The turn of the 18th century saw the rise of molly houses: taverns, coffee houses and private rooms where gay men could meet.
These were frequently raided by the police, but the publicity this caused only served to draw more gay men to the capital, with the London Journal reporting that men cruised for sex in Covent Garden, Lincoln’s Inn, St James’s Park and a path in Moorfields that was dubbed Sodomites’ Walk.
Hamilton tweeted: 'I have only just seen the news of this tragic incident.'He later added: 'Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, @Billy Monger'.
The Formula 4 driver was back behind the wheel with help from Team BRIT, which helps disabled drivers and injured servicemen to take part in motorsport.
In fact, the word ‘gay’ wasn’t in use, the word most people used at that time was ‘queer’, and there was no readily available information or knowledge about homosexuality.” Bernard went to Cambridge University and, aged 19, first encountered cottaging when he wandered into public toilets 50 yards from his lodgings.