Gay comedian Rhys Nicholson has criticised Malcolm Turnbull after receiving homophobic threats on a Melbourne train.

The stand-up comic recounted the incident on Twitter, in which a group of men called him a “faggot” and threatened to “bash him to death”.

“Last night I was sitting on a train into a gig when four people (three twenty somethings and an older guy) got on,” he wrote.

“They were regular looking well-dressed people except one of the young guys had a neck tattoo of a rose.

“When ol’ rose neck saw me he loudly said ‘you can always spot a faggot in Melbourne hey’.

“He paced up and down the carriage for a few minutes and said directly at me ‘if there was no one here I’d bash you. Bash you to death’. This type of fun went on for about 10 minutes.

“As they got off the older guy announced that ‘the Yes vote was allowing schools to teach young boys how to have sex with men’.”

Nicholson then called out Turnbull for the postal survey on marriage equality last year, which he said allowed people to think those kind of opinions were okay.

“This shit is still so common that it barely phased me,” he said. “It should phase me.”

“Thank you Malcolm for leading these horses to water.”

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