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Beats


A beat can be any place guys meet other guys. They can be at a park, beach, shopping centre, pools, public toilets, or just an area of bush land. Guys can fuck at the beat, or head off somewhere else to fuck, or even just cruise the talent.


Keep yourself protected

Beats were popular in a time where homosexuality was criminalised as a discreet way to meet like minded guys for a fuck, suck, or wank. Many thought cruising spots and beats would die out with the advent of the smart phone, but many beats are popular as ever. Guys who use beats say they get off on; the thrill of engaging in sex in public, finding a ‘rougher’ kind of trade, the anonymity of a discreet hook-up, or the convenience – most beats are public and free.

Sometimes guys will head to their local beat and just hang around waiting for the right guy to cruise, while others will prearrange hook-ups on apps and cruising websites.


Cruising

Cruising at a beat is similar to cruising at a sex on premises venue. If you’re cruising it’s important to read body language and look for the right signals before moving in. If you move in on a guy who isn’t keen, or isn’t there to cruise at all, you might get politely rejected – but you might also put yourself at risk.


Staying Safe At Beats

Any time you’re hooking up with random guys, keep yourself and your possessions safe and sound. If you are heading to a beat;

  • Leave your wallet and valuables locked in your car, or at home.
  • Keep your pockets empty
  • Carry keys in your sock.
  • Stuff your phone in your boot or socks when it’s not in your hand.
  •  Don’t walk around with headphones in
  • Wear shoes and clothes you can run in
First time at a beat?

  • Try cruising with a mate
  • Meet someone at a beat you’ve fucked before
  • Choose a beat close to your car/main road

Use your judgement. If a situation looks or feels unsafe, give it a miss or head somewhere else with your new trade (if you’ve gotten that far), like a sex on premises venue.


The LAW

It is not illegal to be at a beat. It is not illegal to ‘cruise’ in public - walking around checking out fellow beat goers is perfectly legal. You might be breaking the law if you expose yourself (genitals or even your arse) in view, or engage in “offensive behaviour”. It’s not considered offensive behaviour if the person witnessing has to take abnormal steps to view what you’re up to (like peering under toilet doors or over stalls).

The maximum penalty that can be imposed on someone behaving in an ‘indecent, offensive or insulting manner’ under the Summary Offences Act is 2 years imprisonment. However, for the most part the police aren’t interested in what you’ve been up to behind that toilet door or out of sight. They will usually only head to a beat if there have been reports of incidents occurring, and are more interested in keeping you safe.


Reporting an Incident

Unfortunately, beats can sometimes attract homophobic violence including physical violence, harassment or theft. If you use apps or sites, they can often tell you if a certain beat is safe, and you can ask other guys who use that beat for tips to keep your hook-ups safer. If you’ve been assaulted, witnessed an assault, or have noticed peculiar behaviour we encourage you to report it to the police.

If it is safe to do so, you can take pictures of suspicious cars or people - or where something has happened.

The police will not bust you just for having been at a known beat. They are more concerned about your safety and the safety of others. If you don’t want to give your name or details, you can report information to the police anonymously. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking with the police, you can contact Down An’ Dirty to report something you’ve seen/heard and we will forward it on to the police anonymously.

If the Police turn up while you’re at a beat, it is usually best to co-operate and to be calm and polite. You may be asked to give your name and personal details – but you can also ask the name, rank, and place of work of the police officer. If you are being interviewed in regard to offensive behaviour and you think you might be in the wrong – it might be wise to say ‘no comment’ and seek legal advice (see our links page)


Sexual Health

If you’re heading to a beat, plan ahead and take your own condoms and lube. Unlike a sex on premises venue you probably won’t find any at a beat. Be respectful that beats are frequently public places, and dispose of condoms, wrappers and any rubbish as you leave.

Because of the anonymous nature of most beat hook-ups, there isn’t a great deal of communication around sexual health, HIV & STIs before or after you’ve gotten off. If you hit the beats, we recommend keeping up your regular STI screening every 3 months.

If you’ve fucked without a condom at a beat - you can get PEP within 72 hours to prevent HIV. If you regularly have sex without condoms you can look into getting PrEP to protect against HIV. 

In an emergency: Call 000

GET PEP: www.getpep.info 1800 889 887

Get PrEP info: www.vac.org.au/PrEP www.prepaccessnow.org.au www.prepdforchange.com

VAC's Counselling Services: www.vac.org.au 03 9865 6700

LGBTI (GLLO) Liason Officers: www.police.vic.gov.au

Switchboard: 1800 184 527

Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby: www.vglrl.org.au

 

 

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