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Australia: gay security patrols form to combat homophobic attacks

The law isn't being enforced, so the gay folks in Sydney decided to take matters into their own hands.

The GenQ Street Angels want volunteers with policing, military, security or medical experience to join.

They could be patrolling in Sydney's Oxford Street precinct and the King Street strip in Newtown as early as the first weekend in November.

Recent polls in gay and lesbian newspaper The Star Observer revealed about 70 per cent of readers believed Oxford Street was unsafe. Fewer than 35 per cent thought increased police patrols were enough to remedy the situation and almost 60 per cent said they were in favour of community security patrols.

Most trouble seemed to happen outside clubs that allowed queueing patrons to cluster on the footpath, Mr Stopps said. “This is where abuse and violence starts,” he said.

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