The victim of a homophobic attack saved by three "angel" drag queens is raising money to replace the wigs, nails and heels they lost in the fight that saved his life.
Kiwi man Ivan Flinn was out on the town in a part of Sydney known for its large gay community when a group of men began calling him a "f****t" and a "queer c**t"," reports news.com.au.
"I said 'dude, don't ever use the word f****t and specially not on Oxford St of all places.'"
The men attacked him, dislocating his jaw and ripping his clothes.
"I really thought I was going to die - I was praying for a hero and I got three angels," Mr Flinn told news.com.au.
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The three angels were Coco Jumbo, Ivy League and Vybe - three drag queens who'd just finished performing at a nearby bar.
"After the punch I was stunned, but the next thing I knew Ivy went in and was scrapping with the guy who punched me," said Mr Flinn.
"They're in the middle of the road, cars swerving around them, tooting, and I saw the guy rip her wig off. They were bashing each other and she's still wearing her high heels."
The queens said they did what had to be done.
"These big burly guys couldn't even throw a punch, all they could do was pull hair and run," said Ivy League.
"I may be gay, but I'm a man - and if you'll hit me, I'll hit you back."
"Don't mess with gay people - let alone two men dressed as women," added Coco Jumbo. "Silly boys."
A crowdfunding campaign to replace the queens' cosmetics has raised more than AU$4210 so far - far more than the AU$1000 Mr Flinn was hoping for.
"Punches were flying. Hair was flicking. Nails were breaking," Mr Flinn wrote on the GoFundMe page. "I was stunned on footpath, thankful drag queens exist."