Man charged after alleged homophobic attack in Surry Hills

A MAN has been arrested and charged following an apparent homophobic attack at a club in Sydney overnight.

The 26-year-old man is alleged to have made homophobic remarks to another person at a licensed premises on Oxford Street in Surry Hills just after midnight.

A 34-year-old man is then alleged to have confronted the 26-year-old, at which time the younger man allegedly made another homophobic remark before punching the older man in the face.


The 26-year-old was arrested a short time later and taken to Surry Hills Police Station where he was charged with common assault.

He was refused bail to appear at Central Local Court today.

Surry Hills Commander and Corporate Sponsor for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, Superintendent Tony Crandell, said it was important for members of the public to report homophobic abuse and assaults.

“Homophobic abuse and assaults can take place anywhere and it is important to report incidents to the police,” Mr Crandell said.

“There are 12 GLLOs (LGBTI Liaison Officers) currently at Surry Hills who are there to support victims of homophobic violence and any other crime.

“Surry Hills is an LGBTI friendly area and we are determined to keep it that way.”