GAY MAN ASSAULTED IN SYDNEY SUBURB NEWTOWN


Gay Man Isaac Keatinge Assaulted in Sydney Suburb Newtown

Wearing a party dress and make-up, 25-year-old  gay man Isaac Keatinge left a friend’s housewarming party around midnight on April 10 when shortly afterward attacked.

“Confronted by three men who didn’t appreciate the gorgeous gown or make-up I was wearing,” Isaac said.

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“I described the incident as being homophobic as the assailants were making comments about my dress and calling me a faggot.”

Isaac needed 15 stitches following the attack which he described as happening quickly.

“Surrounded, with the confrontation escalating into violent rapid punches to my face,” Isaac said.

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Superintendent Simon Hardman, Newtown Local Area Commander, said targeting people based on “bias-related perceptions,” as he believes Isaac was, is unacceptable in today’s society.

“This is extremely concerning and absolutely unacceptable. NSW Police will follow every avenue of investigation possible,” he said.

Gail Mason

Professor of Criminology and hate-crime researcher at Sydney University, told website New Matilda: “We can’t actually say with any certainty what proportion of the LGBTI community experience this type of violence, but we certainly know that it happens.

“Unfortunately, a lack of solid data makes it difficult to know if the issue was getting better or worse.”

Professor Mason also said ‘violent attacks are typically carried out by straight, and often intoxicated, young men expressing their masculinity and sexuality.’

The violent altercation, more shocking for Isaac, having just left a queer party that had been so welcoming.

“People have been reaching out to me on social media, on the street, and in my workplace. This kind of violence is something that has touched a lot of people,” Isaac said.

“Being queer is really something that has sustained me in times of hardship and I do feel a sense of global solidarity. It’s really important to me.”

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