Ivan Flinn, 34, of Surry Hills, said that during the attack at the beginning of this month I hoped that someone would come to their rescue. The help came, but not in the way that he expected.
“I’m a little religious and I really thought I was going to die, I was praying for a hero and I have three angels,” he said to news.com.au.
The “angels” were three drag queens by the names of Coco Jumbo, Ivy Leaguee and Vybe. It stopped after a night in the realization of the stages in Sydney, in the suburb of Darlinghurst, known for its large gay population and places of entertainment.
Luke Karakia, which is done under the name of Ivy Leaguee, ended up getting injured scuffling in the middle of the road with one of the alleged attackers. However, his frocked-up alter ego does not think twice before entering.
“Those guys sh*t themselves, they were not ready for some drag queens in the top of them.”
Ivan Flinn to say that he was the victim of a homophobic assault in Sydney Oxford Street. Photo: Benedict Brook
Mr Flinn is so grateful to the three for racing to the rescue has helped to raise $1000 to help pay for their wigs and high heels that were damaged in the fray.
The project manager, originally from New Zealand, said that he had left a local pub in the famous gay strip of Oxford Street after midnight of the 6th of August, and was directed to a local kebab shop to get some sustenance for the trip home.
Almost immediately he noticed a group of thugs that the people behind it. “There are lots of homophobic insults, ‘f**king f*ggot, queer c**t,” all the insults you can imagine.”
“I said: ‘friend, never use the word f*ggot and especially not in the Oxford Street of all places'”
The council did not go well. Mr Flynn alleges one of the men then attacked him, ripped his shirt and punched him, dislocating his jaw.
From left to right, drag queens, Coco Jumbo, Vybe and the Ivy Leaguee came to the rescue. Photo: Facebook
“It was really abusive, he had the intention of assault.
“After that punch I was stunned but the next thing I knew Ivy was and was scrapping with the guy who hit me. They are in the middle of the road, cars swerving around them, in tooting, and I saw the guy rip the wig off.
“They were hitting each other and she was still wearing her high-heeled shoes.”
Ivy said to the news.com.au she was with her fellow artists to get a job after a kebab, when she noticed “dick heads dick heads” screaming homophobic insults
A man turned to the Ivy, she says, and called her a monster. “I said, ‘I am a monster, I’m one of the fans of Oxford Street, now leave this store’.
“And then little Ivan walked in the middle of it.”
The attack happened in Oxford Street, Sydney LGBTI heart. Picture: Jeremy Piper
Ivy said that she saw Mr Flynn attacked and she was not having it. “I said: ‘you want to pick on little guys, you’ll have to fight against the great monster. I’m a man underneath all this, so let’s go.”
Luke Waqa, who performs as Coco Jumbo, also stacked.
“A man pushed Ivy so I picked it up and threw it into the gutter.
“I don’t think they knew what they were getting into. I used to play rugby league. In addition you have an older brother,” Coco said.
“He tried to run away and I chased him into the oncoming traffic. I am surprised that my wig did not fall.”
Ivy’s wig certainly made them fall in the fight — that was destroyed— while she said she suffered injuries to his leg as the two of them fought on the road.
She thought that the attackers came off worse, though. “These big burly guys couldn’t even throw a punch, all I could do was pull hair and run.”
Mr Flinn, the trio of performers, and the suspects all spoke to the police on the scene.
A NSW Police spokeswoman confirmed to news.com.au officers broke up an attack in Darlinghurst earlier this month with the participation of up to seven people.
“The police continue to investigate the incident, including a possible motivation for bias, homophobic.
“NSW Police treats all the cases of violence very seriously, including the bias crimes motivated by sexuality or gender.”
Ivy said that she was not afraid of what she might be getting into.
“I don’t have a problem defending myself. Growing up gay, I’ve been stopped and harassed and there comes a moment in which you fight and you don’t care if you get hurt or what happens to your wig.
Ivy Leaguee (center) said she did not think twice before stepping.
“I’m gay, but I am a man and if you hit me I’ll hit you again,” he said.
Mr Flinn said that he was surprised by the three of them.
“I really thought I was going to die that night if it had complied with the drilling of me.
“The whole world was in silence but they reacted so quickly. The drag queens fought my fight for me, they are my heroes.”
He said that he started the GoFundMe fundraising campaign to try and replace some of the damaged clothing. It is due to hand in the product this weekend.
“Drag queens are the strongest people in the LGBTI community. They are there, and say, this is who I am and I am proud.
“They saved my life, I wanted to say thank you.”
Ivy said that it was “disgusting” some people came to Oxford St to cause problems. However, she said that there had been very few incidents in his seven years on the scene, and the community took care of its own.
“There are idiots everywhere, but it didn’t come to our street and expect us to just take.”
Coco said that he had a simple message for the homophobes: ‘you don’t mess with gay people. Not to mention two men dressed as women. Silly boys.”
She said they were not afraid of the damaged suits, and they were touched by the Lord Flinn fundraising.
“It is all a question of materials at the end of the day, it is no use crying over the split lace.
“We are happy with Ivan’s OK”.