A gay Mackay man has been left unconscious after an attack in which he was allegedly beaten with a chain and called homophobic slurs.
Bradley Skinner told the Daily Mercury he was attacked by the random passerby while eating dinner with his sister and a friend at a restaurant.
“This guy walked past, and we were all laughing and having a good time about to go home, and he called me a faggot,” the 25-year-old said.
“I just ignore it because I’m used to that stuff, but my sister doesn’t take too kindly to it so she got up and said ‘What the hell?’
“He ended up hitting her in the face… and it all went on from there and he got out this chain and started whacking me with it.”
Skinner was rushed to Mackay Base Hospital by ambulance, with a laceration to his head and severe bruising on his arms and legs.
“He just kept hitting him until he was knocked out,” his sister Amanda said.
“I tried to rip him away from my brother but it didn’t work. I thought he was dead, he was just laying there, there was blood coming out of his head.
“It was horrible to see your brother laying there.”
Skinner said he had been forced to take three weeks off work to undergo rehabilitation.
Queensland Police confirmed they were called to the incident and had spoken to the two men involved.
No charges had yet been laid and investigations are ongoing, a spokesperson said.
Police are urging anyone with information on the incident to contact them.
Skinner told the Mercury it was the third time he had been targeted because of his sexuality.
“It’s happened before, so it’s bound to happen again really,” he said.
“What’s to stop someone hitting me again?”
He said he’d received hundreds of messages of support since sharing the incident.
“It’s been really helpful, it makes me feel loved… that I’m not on my own and there are more good people than there are bad,” he said.
“A lot of people have said to move out of here, but that’s easier said than done.”