An Australian man is crediting a trio of drag queen “angels” for rescuing him from a homophobic assault that he said ended when his high-heel-wearing heroines rushed in “like Destiny’s Child” with arms swinging.
Ivan Flinn, 34, had just left friends for the night on along Oxford Street in Sydney earlier this month when a group of men hurling homophobic slurs violently turned on him, leaving him with a dislocated jaw, he told HuffPost.
Flinn said the blows came after he spoke out against the men’s language, which was being used in an area of Sydney that’s touted as the “heart of gay and lesbian culture.”
“I am a bit religious and I really thought I was going to die,” Flinn recalled to news.com.au of being struck. “I was praying for a hero and I got three angels.”
Those angels, he said, were drag queens named Coco Jumbo, Ivy Leaguee and Vybe, who said they jumped in after seeing Flinn get hit.
Flinn said he was initially left stunned after receiving the painful blow to his face. Once he came around, he saw his rescuers fiercely duking it out with his attackers in the middle of the street.
“Like Destiny’s Child they strutted in and saved me. Punches were flying. Hair was flicking. Nails were breaking,” Flinn wrote on a GoFundMe page he created for his heroines. “I was stunned on footpath, thankful drag queens exist.”
Flinn said he felt so indebted to his “modern gay heroes” that he created an online fundraiser to raise money to replace their damaged clothes, hair and nails. As of Monday, his fundraiser has collected more than $6,800. The campaign raised a total of $10,170 —from a $1,000 goal before Flinn closed the campaign. Read more via Huff Post