Australian Gay Club Vandalized With Homophobic Slurs
A popular gay nightclub in Sydney, Australia, was vandalized with anti-gay graffiti in broad daylight today, Sydney’s Star Observer reports.
After being opened for three decades, Sydney’s Midnight Shift club was vandalized with anti-gay slurs. Footage of the attack was caught on camera and shows the vandal, an unknown man, slowly tagging the hateful graffiti on the front of the nightclub as people walked by the venue.
The licensee of Midnight Shift, Michael D. Bourke, told the Observer he was actually impressed by the vandal’s "artistry" but said the incident shows the area the club is located in (Oxford Street) is no longer safe for LGBT people. The newspaper writes that Oxford Street and Midnight Shift "is well-loved for its extravagant drag shows and hosting of LGBTI community functions."
The vandal struck at 11:06 a.m. on Sept. 13 and the footage shows the man using a marker to write and draw several anti-gay phrases and images. Police are currently investigating the incident.
"Men should not engage in homosexual sex with one another!" one graffiti reads. Another phrase the vandal wrote was, "Pussy is delicious!! A gift from God," next to a picture of a penis with the words, "An ugly, ugly dick."
Bourke told the Observer that staff and customers of the club have been victims of anti-gay verbal abuse in the past but this was the first attack against Midnight Shift.