Ivan Flinn, a thirty-four year old IT project manager from New Zealand, was rescued from a homophobic attack in Sydney, Australia by three drag queens.
The IT project manager told the New Zealand Herald how he had been walking down the gay part of Sydney’s Oxford Street when he noticed a group of rambunctious men behind him shouting “heaps of homophobic slurs”.
After confronting them on their use of the slur ‘faggot’, one man punched Flinn, ripping his shirt and dislocating his jaw.
I was praying for a hero and I got three angels
Flinn, who declared himself “a bit religious”, had prayed for help when the assault began.
“I am a bit religious and I really thought I was going to die, I was praying for a hero and I got three angels,” he said of the Sydney drag queens who saved him.
The drag queens, named Coco Jumbo, Ivy League and Vybe, had been performing in the Darlinghurst area earlier in the night and came across Flinn and his attackers.
“After the punch I was stunned but the next thing I knew Ivy went in and was scrapping with the guy who punched me. They’re in the middle of the road, cars swerving around them, tooting, and I saw the guy rip her wig off,” Flinn said.
“I really thought I was going to die that night if he had kept punching me.”
“Those boys shit themselves, they weren’t ready for some drag queens on top of them,” Ivy League said.
“You want to pick on little guys,” Ivy League told the attackers, “you’ll need to fight the big freak. I’m a man underneath all of this, so let’s go.”
The drag queens’ wigs and high heels were damaged in the altercation, so Flinn has helped to raise $1000 to repay them and to thank them for their assistance.
Coco Jumbo was appreciative of the gesture.
“It’s all just materials at the end of the day, there’s no use crying over split lace,” Coco Jumbo said. “We’re just glad Ivan’s OK.”
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