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.

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.

Comments

  1. NN says

    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.

  2. says

    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.

  3. Jonathon Edwards says

    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?

  4. says

    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.

  5. Ted B. (Charging Rhino) says

    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.

  6. TJ says

    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.

  7. Swiminbuff says

    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.

  8. St. Theresa of Avila says

    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.

  9. Francis says

    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.

  10. St. Theresa of Avila says

    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.

  11. says

    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!

  12. TJ says

    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.

  13. NN says

    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.

  14. Eyeroll says

    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.

  15. Rin says

    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?

  16. Mikey says

    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.

  17. daftpunkydavid says

    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!!!

  18. says

    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.

  19. TJ says

    Well, having read the threads where RIN was pilloried for her opinions, called a troll, etc., I can understand her conundrum. There certainly is a spectrum. We do not have a monolithic “lifestyle.” There are those in the community that say that being gay is about rejecting all norms, that we shouldn’t ape heterosexual mores regarding relationships and sexuality. To them I say, it’s a free country, but you don’t speak for all of us. Some of us are truly happy having relationships and respecting others as we would like to be respected. Some of us don’t see it as a hardship to have sex in private. The process of identity development includes growing into an identity that is individual as well as the kind of maturity that doesn’t see the need to be in your face about everything; that being a citizen has both rights and responsibilities. Children want what they want when they want it. Adults have emotional intelligence. It isn’t always about you.

  20. Rin says

    I’ve said it before that part of my previous activism was due to having some gay uncles that during my awkward phase had a lot of sympathy and always made me feel better about being 5 ft 8 in the 6th grade and made the whole Godzilla thing a huge joke for me.

    The other is due to the fact that I have observed behavior/feelings in my oldest, lovely child that could end up with her potentially being a member of the GLBT community.

    What I don’t want for her is a life where her sexuality, her being is the disposable commodity of others. If progress is lending herself, her individual uniqueness and personhood to the only concept of female empowerment of this era (sexuality) then I don’t like progress. :(

    Oddly, in spite of his misogyny I kinda like Rick because he keeps it real with me. With Rick I know where I stand. He sees and observes that a woman’s sex is what is valued–not our spirits.

    The whole world tells you that instant gratification, hyper-sexuality is the way to go. I, myself, once thought it was so “rock and roll”. Once entered into a relationship of real intimacy, and wanting only to be loved by that one person with passion and fury…I can see how much more awesome and gratifying in a sustainable way that it can be.

    I understand the “thrill” of public sex…the fear of reprisal and punishment elevates the brain chemistry and spikes activity among neurotransmitters. But that’s all it is and it, like drugs, is unhealthy to society as it infringes upon the rights of other people to experience their day to day existence without having to “share” in your personal life and experiences.

  21. Billy says

    Why would they go there? Was it for Vacation or Work. If work I understand. But if it was for Vacation? I just would try not to spend my dollars in such a anti gay place.

    I’m planning to take my first cruises, and want to keep it on the cheap since I’m not sure if I’ll enjoy it. The cheapest cruises for me are to the Bahamas/Jamaica. I don’t plan to do anything “gay” with anyone, but since these places are so aint gay. I’ll kick in an extra $100 or so and get a cruise with friendlier ports.

  22. SayTheTruth says

    Being stupid always carries bad consequences. But being stupid in those backward countries can even be lethal. Next time make a stop in the brains supermarket and get a functioning one. By the way, alcoholism is a disease, not the mandatory way to have fun.

  23. says

    @Billy :

    Why aren’t you going to St.Croix in the US Virgin islands. i’ve been there many times and it’s a discreet non-Cruise-ship-day- tripper place.
    In fact it is so very different because of its Danish heritage .

  24. eheh says

    While muslim countries are generally homophobic, saying it’s an antigay arrest is plain stupid. It’s for public SEX indecency! Even in US you’ll be arrested whether gay or straight. Hell i’m gay and i’ll report you as well. I hate gays who fuel stereotypes against gays. They get what they asked for.

  25. Marco Luxe says

    What’s the penalty for straight public sex in Dubai? [probably stoning of the woman… they’re lucky they’re both men] Inquiring minds want to know.

  26. Ryan Peterson says

    Despite all your slandering of Dubai, it’s laws and their “idiocracies”; the fact remains that it’s international population is 5.8 million, accounting for approx 88% of the total population. It has been reported as one of the safest countries in the world, a fantastic place to earn top dollar (tax free) and live like a king and a great tourist destination. Hats off to their ‘laws’ and ‘strategies’ that might seem ridiculous to some. Its just common sense – respect the laws of the country you are in and don’t claim ignorance as a defense. Go figure…

  27. Ryan Peterson says

    And FYI – the jail term of 3 years, has nothing to do with the “gay” aspect of the act. It was reported that one of the men attached the police officer with a broken bottle.
    The fact is, this is pure public indecency: Drunk and outdoor sex! You don’t need to be in a muslim country to know that this is not the way educated people behave.

  28. ryan peterson says

    @SAYTHE TRUTH
    THE “FACT” still remains that there are still 5.8m people (and growing) that DO see some benefit of staying there. Are they forced to stay there? .. no.. yet they are flocking in from every corner of the world.
    The government policies and mindset should not be the focus of attention (as you boldly pointed out with your european published DRIBBLE – written by a journalist who has a life full of shameful controversy), the focus here should be on the lack of education behind 2 counts of public indecency and 1 count of assault. Whether your gay or straight, there is no excuse.

    PS. i wouldn’t refer to a Johann Hari article again if i were you.., it hasn’t worked out to well for him either.

  29. Ryan Peterson says

    Let’s put it this way for you @SAYTHETRUTH: you have a fancy house, where you keep the door open for guests. Next to the door is a set of rules that you assume they understand before entering. someone comes into YOUR house and has a dump in your Kitchen. Do we talk about the way your kitchen is managed, or how you got your fancy cutlery? NO we talk about the fact that this person doesn’t have any common sense! 
    When it comes to any government.. We all suffer from some form of ignorance. But your on a whole different level of ignorance. I’ve lived in Dubai for 8 years. Earned big bucks, I behaved myself and was treated with respect. Left Dubai on good terms back to Australia for the sake of my daughters education but I have no hesitation is recommending Dubai to ANYONE (given that they have some level of decency) and I will be happy to return in the future.

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