A Redcliffe same-sex couple who found a vile anti-gay flyer outside their home and their car targeted by vandals have urged anyone with information to contact police.
The lesbian couple shared a photo of the note on Facebook and said the same morning they discovered that one of their car’s tyres had been slashed.
“Lesbianism is an abhorrent practice; a vile perversion that is often accompanied by mental health problems including substance abuse, depression and higher levels of domestic violence than heterosexual couples,” the note read.
“Sickheads! Depraved sexual practices lead to self-destructive attitudes. Get away from the filth!”
The couple have lived at the address with their two children for ten months, and urged anyone else in the area who have experienced anything similar to contact police.
“It was out of the blue. It was shocking and upsetting. We’ve been worried and stressed as a result of this,” one of the women told the ABC.
“We haven’t opened the bedroom window at night since it happened, because we’re worried to do that.
“If it was when we were in bed, then it was right outside our window and our window was open, and that sort of freaks us out that someone was there with a knife.
“If they’re willing to do that, what else are they willing to do? You just don’t know.
“It would put us as ease to know who it is, we might never find out why, but we’re hoping to.”
The couple said they’d installed new security cameras and lighting and plan to install new fencing after the incident.
A Queensland Police spokesperson confirmed the incident is under investigation and urged anyone with information to contact police.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) spokesperson Shelley Argent said the “horrendous” incident was one of a few recent reports of homophobic incidents in Queensland and around the country.
“Something similar happened in Mackay recently. I think a lot of this is spin off from the postal survey we had. A lot of people felt they had the right to say and do whatever they liked, no matter who it hurt,” she said.
“They’re cowards basically, and feeling a little bit more brave. It’s always done at night and sneaky … they wouldn’t say it to the person’s face, it’s like cyberbullying.
“People need to report this, and everybody needs to stand up and speak up about this when it happens.”