Anti-LGBT campaigners attack a trans teen in Melbourne


A boy named Sebastian Taylor and aged 13 was harassed during a train trip from school. His attacker was an older man who had a ‘Vote No’ badge on, Sebastian noticed him but did not think it might have ended the way it actually ended. Even when a man started yelling and threw a bottle at him, the trans boy did not react. “I ignored him, and when I got off the train… he looked me straight in the eye and went ‘oink oink’ at me,” he said. “I felt like he was trying to rile me up and belittle me. I didn’t feel afraid but I did feel uncomfortable.” The teen believes the attacker knew about his trans identity and it was a reason of abusing him. He managed to use his phone to snap a photo of the alleged assailant. Sebastian’s mother, Anna, helped him report the incident to railway staff and police. “My older daughter called me and said Seb had rung, very upset, and needed to be picked up from the railway station,” she said. “When I got there he was in tears.” She said Camberwell train station staff were “absolutely lovely”, and police were very supportive as the boy complained. Anna said she was particularly upset that a grown man had attacked a child, while other commuters didn’t intervene. Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident, which took place between 3:30 and 4pm on the Lilydale line.


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