With the opportunity of instant hook-ups through apps like Grindr and Scruff, men are able to hook-up in many different ways, both modern and traditional.

Cruising is a common practice throughout Scotland. The term ‘cruising’ can be used for many different activities but a general definition is when guys meet up in a public sex environment, such as a forest or public toilet (though not exclusively) and engage in sexual activity. Below are some tips on how to stay safe when cruising:

  • Trust your instincts – be vigilant and stay aware.
  • Know where you are and how to get out.
  • If you are attacked, report it to the police or contact SX to report it anonymously.
  • Use condoms and plenty lube to protect yourself and your partner(s) from HIV and other STIs.
  • If you can, let someone know where you are going and what time you are expected to return.
  • If you use snapchat or google maps– turn on your snap maps or tracking so your friends know where you are.
  • If you are not interested in another cruiser, it’s ok to say no. You have the right to give or withdraw consent at any point. 

While some men may feel discouraged to contact the police, it is the duty of the police to protect members of the public regardless of sexuality or gender identity. If you feel you have been the victim of a hate crime, sexual assault, rape or other incident see our section about Reporting A Hate Crime and Reporting Sexual Assault and Rape to find out how you can report it or for further information.

If you have had unprotected sex, we would recommend that you contact a staff member at SX to arrange a testing appointment. Please visit our Contact us section for our office details.