Gay bashing claims

Jordan Devin was attacked outside The Court Hotel on New Year's Eve. d413288
Jordan Devin was attacked outside The Court Hotel on New Year's Eve. d413288

The Mt Lawley resident says he was leaving The Court Hotel with a friend about 2am on January 1 when he was assaulted.

Mr Devin (29) said two men shouted some profanities at the pair and then allegedly attacked, leaving them with concussions, bruises and needing stitches.

He said he believed the attack was premeditated and that he was targetted for his homosexuality.

‘We were leaving the bar and literally got to the corner, we had not even got to the point of discussing what we were going to do next, when the two guys came from behind us,’ he said.

‘They were not the kind of guys who would be at a gay club.’

Mr Devin said he was frequently subjected to gay insults.

‘I can’t walk down the street without someone yelling out faggot,’ he said.

‘I want to make people aware that this is still happening and that support and education is still needed.’

Pride WA co-president Daniel Smith said it was hard to get a true indication of the number of attacks on the LGBTI community.

But he said while there was an overall feeling that there was more acceptance of the LGBTI community, behaviour such as eggs being thrown out of car windows still occurred.

Both Mr Smith and Mr Devin said any sexually motivated attacks highlighted the inequality evident in the wider community.

‘When a law discriminates against people based on their sexuality, such as the marriage law, that sends a signal to some people in the community that it is ok to discriminate and do these things,’ Mr Smith said.

Mr Devin reported the assault to police who are investigating.