Most of us have probably had homophobic abuse yelled at us at least once in our lives, or maybe even suffered homophobic violence.
Well Sydney Police have charged a man after an alleged attack in Surry Hills this morning.
Police have been told just after midnight (Wednesday 28 September 2016), a 26-year-old man was at a licensed premises on Oxford Street, Surry Hills, when he allegedly made homophobic remarks to another patron.
A 34-year-old man then confronted the 26-year-old.
It is alleged the 26-year-old made another homophobic remark and then punched the 34-year-old man in the face.
The 26-year-old man was arrested a short time later by officers from Surry Hills Local Area Command.
The man was taken to Surry Hills Police Station where he was charged with common assault.
He was refused bail to appear at Central Local Court today (Wednesday 28 September 2016).
Surry Hills Commander and Corporate Sponsor for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, Superintendent Tony Crandell, said “Homophobic abuse and assaults can take place anywhere and it is important to report incidents to the police. There are 12 GLLOs (LGBTI Liaison Officers) currently at Surry Hills who are there to support victims of homophobic violence and any other crime. Surry Hills is an LGBTI friendly area and we are determined to keep it that way.”
If you think you have been a victim of a bias crime please report it to your local police. You can also call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/