In Australia, the term beat is used to refer to an area frequented by gay men, where sexual acts occur. This use of the word parodies the beat walked by a police.
Beats have a long history within gay communities. which sparked a movement for South Australia to become the first state to decriminalise.
Sydney: Department of Economic History, with Australian Centre for Gay and Lesbian Research, University of Sydney,. Aldrich, Robert.
Beats have a very long history. Their existence has been noted in London and other European capitals as far back as the early s, and no doubt there were .