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Firemen reprimanded for disturbing gay sex act - Telegraph

Four firemen who disturbed an outdoor gay sex session have been reprimanded and heavily fined after they were accused by one of the participants of being homophobic.

The firemen shone their torches from their engine into bushes on the Downs - an area of parkland in Bristol said to be popular with people engaging in late-night outdoor sex known as "dogging" - interrupting the four as they were involved in a gay sex act.

One of the group later contacted the AIDS charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust, who advised him to make a formal complaint.

That led to the firefighters being suspended while a three month investigation was carried out.

Two of them have now been fined up to £1,000; one has been demoted in rank and the other given a written warning. Each of them has also been ordered to attend a two-day ...equality conference being held in Bristol next week, entitled 'Lesbians, Gays, Bi-sexuals and Transgender Equality in the Fire Service - an absolute taboo?’....

The fines are to be donated to a nominated gay-rights charity. The charity under consideration is the Jamaican Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG)...

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The headline's funnier if you read "disturbing" as an adjective.

My first thought when I read this was: surely people (whether homo- or heterosexual) who like getting their jollies in public places do so precicely because they might get caught. The risk of discovery and its possible consequences adding to the thrill of their escapades. And if that's the case then surely the arrival of the firemen actually enhanced their al fresco jollies.

My second thought was: Isn't it actually illegal to perform sex acts in public? Indecent exposure certainly is illegal.

So when the four men made their ridiculous complaint, why didn't the firemen simply make a complaint to the cops themselves? And if they really wanted to get even, they could also have filed a civil suit against the four for mental anguish/PTSD/ADD/PMT/whatever caused by the sight of people performing deeds many think better kept in the bedroom.

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