Sexual health charity criticised for distributing condoms in gay cruising areas
A Yorkshire-based sexual health charity has been attacked for reportedly nailing bags of condoms to trees in gay cruising areas.
Residents near the Kirklees and Calderdale site say the Brunswick Centre is overstepping the line and making the problem worse.
Litherop Lane, between Clayton West and High Hoyland, is a well-known site for men meeting for sex and is listed on a number of cruising websites.
Earlier this month, local man Christopher Hartley was found shot dead in the area. He was alleged to be running a heterosexual sex tourism business.
Local councillor Jim Dodds told the Huddersfield Examiner he had tried to ask the charity to stop distributing condoms in the area but had been accused of homophobia.
He said: “If you put seed on the ground for birds they will flock to it. By doing this they are only attracting more people down.
“We think people ought to do this sort of thing in the privacy of their own homes.
“They shouldn’t be offering facilities for lots more to do it.”
According to the newspaper, the Brunswick Centre was criticised two years ago for a link on its website which led to a pornographic cruising website. A former employee said it was encouraging men with wives and girlfriends to seek risky sex.
When PinkNews.co.uk approached the charity, it declined to comment.