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British, Seychelles Nationals In Dubai Sentenced To 3-Years For Public Gay Sex

ThePalmA British and a Seychelles national have both been sentenced to three years in prison after being arrested for an out-of-doors romp last year.

From Gay Star News:

A 28-year-old British male teacher, identified only by his initials PA, admitted to having consensual gay sex with MB, a 40-year-old man from the Seychelles, next to a petrol station in February 2011.

The pair were said to have been drunk after a birthday celebration for one of them after which they stopped by a tree next to the petrol station for sex.
A man parked behind the petrol station witnessed the two men and reported them to police.
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During a court hearing in March this year (2012) they both admitted to having consensual sex and consuming alcohol. Each was sentenced to three years in jail and both will be deported after serving their prison terms.

On a related note, two Bangladeshi men were sentenced to six months in jail and deportation after having sex in a public bathroom. In case you didn't figure it out, same-sex sex is prohibited in Dubai.

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  1. Yikes! Granted they knew that Dubai is extremely anti-gay and shouldn't have been having sex in public but 3 years?!!!

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Apr 12, 2012 10:24:59 AM


  2. It is also illegal to kiss in public in Dubai. Both when it comes to straight and gay people.

    Why do people have public sex, no one wants to see other people having sex.

    Posted by: NN | Apr 12, 2012 10:28:16 AM


  3. Let's see...Dubai is pouring billions into construction projects because they know that eventually oil, their sole source of wealth, is going to disappear and they will need to promote themselves as a desirable tourist destination. But then they're going to maintain their medieval laws (and it's not just gay sex, it's pretty much everything). Great idea, Dubai. Please continue, so you can hasten your eventual return to the sands from which you sprang.

    Posted by: VoenixRising | Apr 12, 2012 10:39:04 AM


  4. Sex is not a crime and no one in the US should ever support someone being punished for having it, public or not.

    And NN: no one wants to see people having sex? The entire porn industry aside? And the very popular fantasy niche of people having sex in public? Ridiculous assertion. Do you just not like sex?

    Posted by: Jonathon Edwards | Apr 12, 2012 10:40:53 AM


  5. Pardon me for being completely unsympathetic, but...serves them right. No one made them go to Dubai and no one made them have gay sex in public. If you're doing flagrantly illegal things in a country you're visiting, you deserve what you get. If you don't like the laws, don't go there.

    Posted by: RafiD'Angelo | Apr 12, 2012 10:41:04 AM


  6. Really, NN? No one wants to see other people having sex? You might want to inform the porn industry of that.

    Posted by: Niel M | Apr 12, 2012 10:44:12 AM


  7. Very very sad. I wouldn't go to any country with a nonsecular government

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Apr 12, 2012 10:55:09 AM


  8. I'm surprised Atlantis hasn't booked a gay cruise there.

    Posted by: endo | Apr 12, 2012 10:58:35 AM


  9. They stopped under a tree for sex?? ...For drunken sex...at a gas station? Serves them right.

    Even in the US that should be jail-time.

    Public sex is not the same as "outdoor sex". No-one should have to be exposed to others having sex if they don't want to see that; man, woman or child, gay or straight.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Apr 12, 2012 11:05:30 AM


  10. Did they learn NOTHING from Sex and the City 2?

    Posted by: Scott | Apr 12, 2012 11:06:57 AM


  11. Watching porn might be assumed as an intentional act. Going about your own business in public and unintentionally witnessing people who are having sex in front of you might be assumed as quite another. I like sex just fine - when it is consensual. That includes what I see, not only what I do.

    Having sex - generally a private, intimate, personal act - in front of people who didn't consent to watching is at best inconsiderate and selfish; at worst, a violation, an invasion. Having sex in public carries with it the thrill of doing something "wrong" as well of the thrill of being caught, of being seen. But that thrill can come with consequences. If you're gonna dance, you gotta pay the piper.

    Posted by: TJ | Apr 12, 2012 11:16:32 AM


  12. most mooslim countries would have just beheaded them...I guess dubai is progressive.

    Posted by: Myackie | Apr 12, 2012 11:21:50 AM


  13. They were living in what they knew to be a conservative society with conservative laws. Alchohol probably imparied their judgement but that is not an excuse for breaking the law. They were having sex in public and thus broke the law. Why is it so difficult for some people to understand that having sex in public places is against the law in most if not all places in this world including Canada and the USA.

    Posted by: Swiminbuff | Apr 12, 2012 11:35:41 AM


  14. Yeah, what he said. I have trouble finding sympathy for these people. I wouldn't visit the Middle East if my life depended on it (well, maybe Israel) but if I did, I would certainly, uhhh, remember I was in a Muslim country and that having gay sex in public kinda sorta might be a bad idea! And as for Dubai being a tourist destination one day, WHY? It's just a bunch of hideous development in a desert...just go to Las Vegas if you want that, and you can throw in a helicopter flight to the Grand Canyon, some gay clubs, and several Whole Foods branches. Much better for a skyscrapers-in-the-desert experience.

    Posted by: St. Theresa of Avila | Apr 12, 2012 11:47:28 AM


  15. Why is it so hard for people to realize that understanding and speaking on the fact rulings like this are clearly homophobic in nature does not mean one is defending the men who engaged in the illegal act of sex in public? You can be against this type of activity while also realizing that, yes, these men are being treated harshly because they engaged in same-sex sexual intercourse. Saying that spending three years in a foreign prison where they will almost definitely be abused "serves them right" for doing something in no way destroys the lives of others around them nor society is very cold.

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 12, 2012 11:50:51 AM


  16. 2008, non-Muslim Russian woman jailed for drinking juice in public on Ramadan.

    Yeah, that's the way to encourage tourism! I'd have to have seen: every country in Europe, the entirety of Eastern Asia, AU, NZ, & SA, most of the Western Hemisphere...before I'd think "now where should I go?" and visit this laughingstock.

    Posted by: St. Theresa of Avila | Apr 12, 2012 11:58:13 AM


  17. Let this be a warning to RadiQueers like Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore who advocate having sex in public. It violates public indecency laws, and if you're stupid enough to do it in a developing country, you'll have your ass handed to you on a plate. Gay Rights is about equality under the law, not hedonism!

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Apr 12, 2012 12:03:01 PM


  18. FRANCIS: Whether or not the severity of the punishment reflects homophobia is beside the point. Having gay sex shouldn't be a crime. But having any sex in public anywhere is imprudent and indefensible. And having gay sex in public in a country like Dubai is just plain stupid.

    Posted by: TJ | Apr 12, 2012 12:10:36 PM


  19. Niel M and Jonathon Edwards "Do you just not like sex?"
    In fact, I enjoy sex very much. Thank you. But I don`t like when people have sex "out in public places" because I think it's disrespectful to other people, people can not choose whether they want to see it or not.

    You can not compare it with porn. Porn is something you choose to see privately (or with a partner)In your own home. It is something completely different.

    Not long ago a man and a woman was caught kissing on the beach in Dubai, they got 6 months in prison.

    Posted by: NN | Apr 12, 2012 12:33:31 PM


  20. Oil is hardly Dubai's sole source of wealth. It accounts for less than 10% of their revenue. Please get your facts together.

    Has it escaped everyone that having sex in public is illegal throughout most of the United States as well. I'm not defending a three year sentence (although part of that sentence was also for the drinking, not just the sex), but it isn't like you can just have sex anywhere you want in public in the United States either.

    I'm all for promoting a more tolerant atmosphere, but I don't see why that should include permitting public sex.

    Posted by: Eyeroll | Apr 12, 2012 12:45:04 PM


  21. Heterosexuals engaging in this behavior would also be jailed. This experiment in Islamic liberalism only goes so far...and that is you can't have sex or public affection of any kind in public.

    Defense of the behavior sends either a very wrong message--or correct message, to the rest of the world that gay males are different in values than everyone else. Is this the message that should be sent? I don't know anymore. I hope to be educated.

    I stopped posting here because I stated that I would love to go to a Pride parade with my children because I wanted them to learn about gay rights and having pride in who you are or to take them to a Mardi Gras parade because it is fun but can't because of public nudity was met with a:

    I don't like kids--your kids are your problem.

    Kids need to grow up and smell the coffee/get used to sexuality blabbity blah.

    At that point I wondered if Rick was right and if my experience and value system in regards to sexuality is that much different as a heterosexual. I took a long time to think about this because until that day I thought that gay couples and straight couples were the same, that love is the same, that people's values are essentially the same.

    I felt that my public endorsement of gay marriage was endorsing a concept of family and children that was universal.

    I felt very disheartened. I really don't know anymore. I personally am against having to stumble across people having sex in public. It's not fair to me when they can pay for a hotel or go home and have sex--have sex in the car. Whatever. If this is antithetical to supporting gay rights...I am flummoxed as to what to do.

    Can I support gay rights and still say that I think people need to have sex in their own damn homes?

    Posted by: Rin | Apr 12, 2012 12:49:28 PM


  22. RIN: Yes you can. "All sex is good under any circumstances" is just as fallacious and wrongheaded as "all sex is evil." It is totally possible to be pro-equality and still have standards of respect for others.

    Whoever brushed you off so rudely didn't speak for the entire gay populace, far from it. Don't let the bastards get you down - keep participating. We need people of all orientations to be part of the movement for equal rights and responsibilities.

    Posted by: Mikey | Apr 12, 2012 1:20:14 PM


  23. I wish I could afford to go to Dubai. Screw the rich! (lol)

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Apr 12, 2012 1:27:35 PM


  24. RIN: come on, of course you can endorse both marriage equality and bans on public sex. why would you think otherwise??? you should know that lgbt people come in many varieties; and that the people who replied negatively to your post some time ago do not necessarily represent lgbt americans. neither do towleroad commenters.

    hope to see you at this year's pride in nyc as we celebrate 1 year of marriage equality!!!

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Apr 12, 2012 1:33:23 PM


  25. Dudes;
    These two plonkers were rotten drunk......they would not have had sex in public if they had been sober.They screwed up.
    But let's not write an effing thesis of the misdemeanour/felony/crime.......

    Dubai is a property bubble where short lived celebrities have bought up massive properties......try selling one now.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 12, 2012 1:39:24 PM


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