Australian Man Left With Skull Fracture, Bruised Ribs, After Attack Outside Gay Bar

Written by on April 10, 2018

Police in Melbourne are searching for three suspects who viciously attacked a man leaving a gay bar.

The 36-year-old victim, identified as Brandon, was leaving Sircuit Bar in late January when the trio followed him. One assailant called him a “fucking faggot,” before the group began punching him. The assault left Brandon with a fractured skull and bruised ribs. He was unable to open one of his eyes for nearly three weeks.

At a press conference on Sunday, Victoria Police Detective Senior Constable Shane Flannery called the incident “a homophobic attack on someone who was minding his own business” and asked for those with information to come forward. Brandon wasn’t able to describe his assailants other than they were three caucasian men.

He told The Age he hopes his experience won’t make others fear for their safety. “I think more people should go out and enjoy life.”

While police have claimed the attack was an isolated incident, a woman was attacked by three white men while walking her dog in Sale, Victoria, about 130 miles away. She reported one of her assailants made a negative remark about her t-shirt, which read, “Born fabulous, not straight,” before punching her in the nose.

Jeff Taylor is a North Carolina-based journalist who writes for LGBTQ Nation, Q Notes and other outlets.


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