Hope you all enjoyed the season but even in the midst of it crap can happen as this latest entry will reveal.
After a week long investigation confirmation has come into a matter that as we say was ‘stink’ or popular on the streets of parts of downtown Kingston and Half Way Tree regarding an incident in the very early hours of last Saturday December 12 involving two men now known as popular cruisers who were attacked by men at a popular spot out at western Kingston’s old industrial district. Bearing in mind the intermittent unconfirmed incidents prior and geographical changes to the areas once used for men seeking outdoor sexual liaisons or a quickie; especially after the awful murder of an old expert Franky who also happened to be an old partner of mine from in the nineties has been ongoing; said changes have been ongoing for years but have since stepped up I would say within the last five years based on observation and conversations with persons who access the spaces over time.
Interestingly even those now absent from Jamaica via asylum who used to use said spaces or hunt for that hot proverbial hookup still actually keep in touch as was evidenced post Franky’s murder at an old haunt, an area known as ‘Boil up’ when a few calls came from overseas whose voices I did not recognize at first but after describing who they were it became apparent that the network is still linking up if only for psychological support or maintaining a link to memories of successful episodes with other men and good times as well as bad ones.
The incident occurred around 6am on December 5, a usual morning time for such meetings or earlier as all kinds of men including more affluent or as we say up-towners who understand the use of masculine and semi kept dress codes operating in stealth pass through for some early morning romps and an ejaculation session usually preceded with partnered masturbation; an anal sex session might not be practical or possible in such spaces as time is of the essence and spontaneity is the trigger or driver. The men were in what was described as the middle of a good time supposedly examining each other’s equipment when a stone was the interrupting factor then shouts of ‘battybois dem’ and words to that effect. The victims managed to escape the scene by going in different directions; a strategy devised by more experienced heads to distract a potential mobbing and lessen any impact if caught hopefully by less individuals after the mob is forced to split in the chase.
The men were apparently being watched from very early as was revealed in the aftermath of the ordeal as persons including some of the mobsters gathered in the nearby car park and were conversing about the episode. One woman was said to have commented that dem always a ketch battyman down deh so (they are always catching gay men down that side)
One man who seemed to be riled up more than anybody else according to the eyewitness report said he went by the area to relieve himself and noticed the men moving or fishing around the area so he stayed put and observed them then saw them meeting up, then fondling each other and continued to the business at hand of a hand job and light reciprocated oral activity; the observer left the space according to his account and alerted other men by the nearby bus park and vendors who joined the planned attack and they returned with machetes and other implements and thus launched the melee. Fortunately the men were astute enough to recognize the approaching noise pretty early I am told and made good their escape from the space. That space in particular has had similar near misses before and after which changes are made either via bushing of the area and or patrols by persons looking to see if other men would turn up for similar activity.
The local authorities also have had a hand in changes to cruising spots overall especially after several reports of petty theft of women’s purses and phones the innards of which are found nearby such areas so the occasional bulldozer clearing happens;
The risks that men are prepared to take for a hookup is astonishing at times and one can understand the reasons; unavailability of space for some at home or in their areas of residence, extra-marital affairs despite having a steady partner whether male or female at home and just the sheer excitement of that element of being closer to danger yet far from harm via secrecy all seem to be a driving aphrodisiac for this kind of sex seeking behaviour. One thing that bothers me though yet still after all these years observing and participating in this specific sub set of cruising is the spontaneous unprotected sex that can occur and men involved more actively seem to forget safer sex messages they see elsewhere and want it more raunchy and dirty. The dirtier the better for some; I always heard about this, spoken to Jamaicans who traverse local scenes and in other lands such as in the UK at Vere Street which today still has open cruising as part of its landscape and the nearby guest houses become ground central for a good time or the French tradition of bathroom or glory hole fun especially at the red light district and park where cops do not arrest persons involved in open sex sometimes.
The local ‘bathroom’ cruiser archetype is almost nonexistent these days I think, shopping plaza or office space property managers have since clamped down on such activities and changed the security arrangements of such facilities thus thwarting the attempts by such persons for that ‘glory hole’ experience, repeated problem episodes over many years have played a major role in such changes (Island Life Mall problems in its opening days come to mind). The old practice even prior to cell phones and social media developments of leaving ones phone number in a bathroom stall stills happens these days interestingly enough, the catch with that is the response time can be quicker as one can simply respond via a cell call than having to find a landline to do so some time later. There is a major difference between such sub groups as the bathroom player won’t necessarily cross scenes to the more open and risky outdoors, the man who also uses public corridors or thoroughfare for gaydar spotting is also not the one to cross scenes either way. The last incident I have heard of regarding bathroom challenges was the Half Way Tree park lavatory to the Jamaica National side where two male teens were scolded for what appeared to be suspected behaviour by them by the woman who sells toiletries by the entrance and collects the $20 contribution for usage and cleaning the facility in January of this year.
The moral of the story is for persons to be extra vigilant these days as spaces die ever so slowly and some persons cannot seem to adjust to or keep sexual acts private in a bedroom per say; albeit prying eyes and suspected shenanigans get exposed to more and more members of the unsuspecting public resulting in a slow closing in on such spaces as well.
Play it safe yah man
Peace & tolerance