Once upon a time there were three drag queens who performed at a gay bar in Australia. Their night ended and they went for a bite. They saw a gay man being bashed by straight, drunk assholes. They jumped in and kicked their asses. They are Sydney’s Angels.
It was just after midnight in Darlinghurst, a gayborhood in Sydney along Oxford Street and gay IT Project Manager, Ivan Flinn, 34, felt safe as he left a local bar. He did what a lot of us do after bar-hopping or clubbing, he stopped to get sustenance before heading home. He entered a kebab shop on a very well-lit, busy corner and queued up. But there’s nothing like hearing homophobic slurs by a group of drunk assholes behind you to kill your appetite and feeling of safety. ‘You fucking faggot,’ ‘you queer cunt’ and more. Flinn, tried to educate them for their own safety. Flinn said, ‘dude, don’t ever use the word ‘faggot’ and specially not on Oxford Street of all places.’ POW! right in the jaw. Flinn was in absolute shock from this sucker punch.
Flinn feared for his life. “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.” The power of prayer must be real because not one hero intervened, but three. Drag performers Vybe, Coco Jumbo and Ivy Leaguee, who had not quite untucked after their evening of fabulous performances, were still in full drag and had entered the same kebab shop moments earlier. They had been verbally assaulted before the first punch flew. One of the attackers made the mistake of calling Ivy a “freak.” Ivy replied, ‘I am a freak, I’m one of the freaks of Oxford Street, now get out of this shop.’ Ivy said she saw Flinn getting attacked and she wasn’t having it. She confronted the attackers saying, ‘You want to pick on little guys, you’ll need to fight the big freak. I’m a man underneath all of this, so let’s go.’ And it was on. The drag queens gave the term ‘gay bash’ a whole new meaning. “A guy pushed Ivy so I picked him up and threw him into the gutter. I don’t think they knew what they were getting themselves into. I used to play rugby league. Plus I have an older brother,” Coco said. “He tried to run away and I chased him into the oncoming traffic. I’m surprised my wig didn’t come off.”
Ivy said, “These big burly guys couldn’t even throw a punch, all they could do was pull hair and run. Those boys shit themselves, they weren’t ready for some drag queens on top of them. I don’t have a problem defending myself. Growing up gay, I’ve been picked on and bullied and there comes a time when you fight back and you don’t care if you’ll get hurt or what happens to your wig.” Ivy continued, “There are idiots everywhere but don’t come to our street and expect us to just take it.”
Flinn watched in amazement as his drag avengers unleashed a beating on his assailants. “I really thought I was going to die that night if he had kept punching me. Everyone was silent but they reacted so quickly. The drag queens fought my fight for me, they are my heroes. Drag queens are the strongest people in the LGBTI community. They stand there and say ‘this is who I am and I’m proud.’ They saved my life, I wanted to thank them.” He started a GoFundMe fundraising drive to try and replace some of the queens’ damaged outfits.
Coco said, “It’s all just materials at the end of the day, there’s no use crying over split lace. We’re just glad Ivan’s OK.”
Flinn and the queens reported the assault to the police, who are continuing to investigate the incident, including a possible motivation of homophobic bias. The police had this to say, “NSW Police treats all matters of violence extremely seriously, including bias crimes motivated by sexuality or gender.”
Now if only this fight was for marriage equality in Australia and the aussies had these three bad ass bitches in the ring. The world would be a safer place. Don’t fuck with Australians. Remember how fearless Steve Irwin was? Mad Max? Thor? Now picture them in gowns, high heels and fierce wigs, kicking ass. Thanks Angels. You are true heroes to us all.