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Gay Man, Brother 'Hunted Down' and 'Stomped On' by Vicious Mob

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Friday September 20, 2019

A gay Australian man and his younger brother were "hunted down" by a pack of homophobic teens and viciously beaten, the victim told media outlets, including the Gold Coast Bulletin.

Melbourne resident Joshua (no last name provided) said that he and his 16-year-old brother were in Queensland visiting family when they went to the local mall. The victim said he and his brother were harassed twice by a mob of teenagers. The first time, he said, the mob shouted anti-gay slurs at them. But later on, as Joshua and his brother were at the mall's food court, the pack reappeared.

"The first time" the brothers crossed paths with the gang "was very traumatic," Joshua told the media, "but the second time they hunted us down."

The mob spotted Joshua and his brother and headed their way. A brutally violent attack followed, media sources reported, that left both brothers with broken ribs and other injuries. Joshua also suffered internal bleeding.

The victim, speaking to television news outlet Nine News Gold Coast, described a terrifying attack:

"They were stomping on my head. They were stomping on my brother's head. They were punching us. They were kicking us. We were both down on the ground. We weren't able to defend ourselves."

"They were bloodthirsty," Joshua went on to say, his face visibly bruised. "They were animals."

Nine News Gold Coast noted that the attack came about in the midst of "a worrying increase in crime in the area."

Joshua recalled that the mob "made comments that they can't be touched because they're minors."

For Joshua, the attack hurt in ways that go beyond physical injury. He told the media that his younger brother got hurt just for being in the company of a gay man.

"I feel like me being gay," put his brother "in danger," Joshua said. "It wasn't once but twice. I have a lot of guilt."

The truly guilty will answer, though, despite their alleged belief that being young makes them legally immune to the consequences of their reported actions. Police have apprehended two of the alleged assailants. One, an 18-year-old, will be prosecuted as an adult, media sources said, while the other, a 15-year-old, will be prosecuted as a minor. Police are still looking for the others.

Watch the Nine News Gold Coast news clip, embedded in the tweet below.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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