The secret world of cottaging explored in new photography exhibition
For generations, public toilets have been a bastion of secret same-sex liaisons, frequented by men who can’t express their sexuality openly or those who simply enjoy the rush of sexual dalliances in a public space.
The act known as ‘cottaging’ has simultaneously been a source of both safety and shame for members of the gay community, and now a new photography series, book and and exhibition from French artist Marc Martin is shedding more light on the illicit activity.
‘Public Toilets, Private Affairs’ opened at Berlin’s LGBT Schwules Museum earlier this month, with the aim of celebrating a part of gay history – and still for many, everyday life – that is rarely discussed in public.
“As far as the history of cottaging is concerned, remembering it always seems to