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London drag queen: Homophobic thugs tried to throw me off a bridge

Jack Rattenbury May 13, 2014
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A popular London drag queen has spoken of a harrowing homophobic attack.

Lloyd Dixon, whose stage name is Lady Lloyd, appears in the TV show Drag Queens of London.

The entertainer has revealed that in 2001, when he was not dressed in drag at the time of the incident, three men attempted to throw him off a railway bridge.

Mr Dixon, 28, told the Evening Standard: “I was on my way to see my best friend perform at G-A-Y. I went to catch a late train from Stansted Mountfitchet.

“These three guys with hoodies up ran across the tracks to confront me on the bridge. They were shouting ‘faggot’. Suddenly they were punching my face, picking me up and shaking me — I felt like a rag doll.

“They tried to throw me over the bridge but luckily it was too high. I’m a strong character now but then I was skinny. It was three against one. They stole my money and my phone. There were a few people on the station but not one helped.”

Mr Dixon ran for the train, where a passenger helped him as he walked through the carriages dazed, wounded and in tears. By the time he arrived at Liverpool Street his face was swollen and streaming with blood.

He said: “I made a police statement and was taken to hospital for stitches. My mum was horrified.”
No one has been prosecuted for the attack.

Homophobic hate crimes in the capital have increased by 5.6% according to new figures released by the Metropolitan Police.

Episode four of Drag Queens of London, broadcast on London Live tonight, examines homophobia, prejudice and violence against transgender people.

Related topics: anti-gay assault, anti-gay crime, Crime, drag, drag queen, England, hate, Hate crime, Homophobia, London, London, Metropolitan Police, queen

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