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Gay Man Beaten By Man Who Saved Him From Gang Attack


After Dylan Souster’s guests left a dinner party he hosted with his boyfriend, he went outside to make sure they had caught a cab. While his boyfriend, Darren Hedderman, crawled into bed, Souster was subjected to more than one physical attack according theThe Sydney Herald — including a “Good Samaritan turned bad.”

Souster reportedly ran into a group of young adults outside of his home after checking on his friends.

“He walked up McEvoy Street a little bit and couldn’t see them [their guests], so he turned around,” Hedderman said. “As he turned around, somebody hit him, and the next thing he remembers is waking up in Waterloo Oval being kicked in the head. He doesn’t know how he got to the oval. We don’t know whether he was dragged there or whether he ran, he doesn’t remember.”

After finally escaping the group, Souster started working his way home and ran into a stranger who offered to help. Souster explained what happened and the man escorted him back to his home. When the stranger asked if he wanted to call his girlfriend to tell her what happened, Souster told the man he is gay.

“And he said ‘Oh you have a boyfriend, you’re a queer’, and he hit him in the face,” Hedderman said.

Souster suffered several facial injuries during the attack but is expected to make a full recovery. The second attacker was caught on police cameras but hasn’t been identified. The motivation for the first attack is still unknown.


H/t: LGBTQ Nation

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  • Chuck Price

    That’s awful!

  • Stache

    Just once I’d like to hear…”and the victim pulled out his 45 caliber and started shooting. Three severely injured and two were pronounced dead at the scene”.

  • Bryguyf69

    Okay, I fully acknowledge that different cultures have different norms. And I don’t want to doubt the victim’s story or make light of his wounds. But two things don’t make sense, at least by American and my New York standards.

    1) I can’t see a logical reason why the stranger would ask if the victim want to call his girlfriend. I mean, I could see the generic question, “Do you want me to notify anyone?” But why assume that there is a girlfriend? I could certainly understand asking about a wife if there was a wedding ring. But having a girlfriend (or boyfriend) doesn’t entail wearing any indicators.

    2) Even in liberal NYC, I can’t imagine simply telling a stranger that you’re gay for no reason. Especially when you’re in a state of panic, as he was. The victim had just been attacked so it’s not as if they were having a casual chat. And it’s not as if the first attack was gay-related, since the police states that the motive was unknown. So what reason did he have for saying he was gay? The victim could’ve have easily just say to call his roommate (which isn’t really a lie).

    The cynic in me wonders if there was even a first attack. And I wonder if the victim might have tried to pick up the second guy, provoking the attack. That’s not to say, of course, that the violence was justified. But the story just doesn’t add up.

  • Xzamilio

    @Stache: That’s such a terrible thing to say… you should know better.

    “45 caliber”? It’s a 50 cal glock, or you just aren’t shooting homophobes right, my good sir!!!

    I forgive you for that offensive gun, though… you don’t know better.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    a couple of more punches and he’d turn into putin-head. It could be the cologne making things like this happen. Marinating in scents may incense. Either way, vote Democratically and carry on. Putin has no say over his new, fist-hewn doppleganger.

  • Luis H. Lopez

    Solution carry s loaded gun if your gay for self defense .

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  • CWM85

    If you think you’re having a bad day just tead this story… geez….

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  • Derek Perron

    The ultimate violation of humanity

  • scotshot

    @Stache: @Luis H. Lopez:

    The guy was attacked from behind, what good would a gun have been? Or, a group of men come at the guy from the front and he says “Hold on, let me draw my gun and shoot you.

    You use a common meme that in reality would occur is statistically zero.

  • scotshot

    @Bryguyf69: Your conjecture is how you would react in that situation, mind reading is not real.

  • Paco

    So horrible. And meanwhile over at “queer”voices, they are trying to convince us that straights love us and gay life is full of happiness and rainbows. I am glad Queerty keeps us informed with the truth about these incidents. We still have a long way to go beyond legislated acceptance.

  • jayceecook

    @Bryguyf69: You’d be less suspicious if you read the Sydney Herald article and NOT the piss poor write up Queerty did. The guy didn’t just randomly say he was gay.

  • XzamiIio

    @Stache: You’re an idiot.

  • Kieran

    I blame Putin.

  • topshelf

    Somehow I get the feeling that there’s more to this story.

  • money718

    I don’t believe this at all.

  • Alex Rothwell

    Horrible for this guy.

  • Stilinski26

    big hugs to him

  • Brian

    This incident happened in Sydney, Australia. It’s one of the most homophobic cities in Australia. Outside of Oxford St, you are taking a big risk by advertising that you identify as gay.

  • Mack

    @Stache: @Stilinski26: Then he’ll be charged with murder.

  • Blackceo

    That is just awful. Poor guy. I know that my 6’3″ 210lb frame helps me steer off anyone who may think about trying to step to me, but I could still be blindsided. I just feel so horrible for this guy. Violated twice in such a violent way.

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