Monday 24 October 2016

Brendan Courtney left shocked by homophobic hate mail


Brendan Courtney
Brendan Courtney
The note sent to Brendan

Broadcaster and fashion designer Brendan Courtney has revealed his shock after he received an abusive homophobic message in the post.

The hate mail arrived at his business yesterday morning, just weeks before the May 22 referendum on same sex marriage.

Scrawled on the postcard were the words "You are a real f****t, do you not understand" and "vote no no no".

"It's very, very disappointing," a disgusted Brendan told the Herald.

"It's almost funny in it's own way that someone would make the time to go out and buy a postcard and stamp to tell me that."

However, the former Off The Rails host admitted he wasn't laughing after he first read the postcard.

"To be honest I got a bit of a fright," he said. "Over the years I've gotten a few nice letters from people, but as soon as I saw the word 'f****t' I just thought to myself 'Oh here we go'.

"I'm just glad they didn't send it to my house - then I'd be really freaked out

"I've had the whole lot happen to me. I've been attacked, I've had social trolling and just the other day someone shouted 'f****t' at me in the street and now this."

The note sent to Brendan

Brendan, who runs fashion label Lennon Courtney with his former co-host on the TV show Sonya Lennon, is undeterred about encouraging a yes vote.

He said inequality encourages homophobic bullying.

"I know that the person responsible probably doesn't represent many of the people that are going to vote no," he said.

But he said letters like that "is why a yes vote is so important.

"Not voting or voting no fuels people like this, it means that people like that have a voice to be an anonymous bully," he said.

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