A SYDNEY hotel has issued an apology after it was criticised for holding an Anzac Day event called ‘Tranny Two Up’ metres from where a trans woman was violently assaulted in 2015.
Assault survivor Stephanie McCarthy spoke out about the event, which was held at Bank Hotel Newtown (BHN), as she felt it was ‘in incredibly bad taste’.
“We have had Tora Hymen host our two up for a number of years, and were unaware this year that we were causing offence by using ongoing branding,” Mr Toivonen said.
“Newtown is a very culturally diverse area, which also brings an element of sensitivity to social issues, and we did not pick up on the current environment.”
Ms McCarthy said she was grateful to the BHN for listening to the community.
“Everybody makes mistakes and they rectified theirs straight away, I have no problem with them at all,” she told the Star Observer.
However, Ms McCarthy said she was “f*cking disgusted” after the “vile, sickening abuse” she received from gay men in the 36 hours since the story was published. The abuse included several death threats.
“I’ve fought for the gay community forever, I’m not new to this – I was going to Oxford St when I was 15 and to cop this pure, unadulterated filth from the gay community – a community I fought tooth and nail for for decades,” she said.
“F*ck you, I’m furious.”
Ms McCarthy was the target of a vicious attack in Newtown in 2015, which saw her lose some hearing in her left ear and damaged eye sight. The assault attracted national media attention.