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Cottaging is a gay slang term, originating from the United Kingdom, referring to anonymous sex between men in a public lavatory a "cottage", Guys cottaging "tea-room" [2][3] or cruising for Guys cottaging partners with the intention of having sex elsewhere.

The word "cottage", usually meaning a small, cosy, countryside home, is documented as having been in "Guys cottaging" during the Victorian era to refer to a public toilet and by the s its use in this sense had become an exclusively homosexual slang term. Cottages were and are located in places heavily used by many people such as bus stationsrailway stationsairports and university campuses. In some heavily used cottages, an etiquette develops and one person may function as a lookout to warn if non-cottagers are coming.

Since the s, more individuals in authority have become more aware of the existence of cottages in places under their jurisdiction and have reduced the height of or even removed doors from Guys cottaging cubicles of popular cottages, or extended the walls between the cubicles to the floor to prevent foot signalling. Before the gay liberation movement, many, if not most, gay and bisexual men at the time were closeted and "Guys cottaging" were almost no public gay social groups for those under legal drinking age.

Guys cottaging internet brought significant changes to cottaging, which was previously an activity engaged in by men with other men, often in silence with no communication beyond the markings of a cubicle wall. Laud Humphrey's Tearoom Tradepublished inwas a sociological analysis and observance between the social space public restrooms offer for anonymous sex and the men—either closeted, gay, or straight— who sought to fulfill sexual desires that their wives, religion, or social lives couldn't.

Sexual acts in public lavatories are outlawed by many jurisdictions. It is likely that the element of risk involved in cottaging makes it an attractive activity to some.

Historically in the United Kingdom, "Guys cottaging" gay sex often resulted in a charge and conviction of gross indecencyan offence only pertaining to sexual acts committed by males and particularly applied to homosexual activity. Buggery was a capital offence between and under UK law, although it rarely resulted in death penalty. Importuning was an offer of a Guys cottaging gratification between men, often for money. The Sexual Offences Act permitted homosexual sex between consenting adults over 21 years of age when conducted in private.

The act specifically excluded public lavatories from being "private".