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Sydney buskers sing to drown out anti-gay preacher


Axel Winter and friends took a stand against the hate preacher

A busker in Sydney has found social media fame after drowning out a preacher he says was shouting “very derogatory, hateful words about gay people” with a rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”.

Axel Winter (24) said he felt he “had to do something” when the preacher, standing on a step ladder with a microphone and bible, declared that “today is the day that God hates you the most if you’re homosexual”.

Along with a group of friends, Winter decided to set up no more than a few yards away from the preacher and began a Saturday afternoon showdown that has now been watched by tens of thousands of people across Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

According to Winter, the crowd at the Pitt Street Mall had started to turn aggressive towards the preacher and so he and his friends encouraged people to ignore him and listen to their music instead.

“I then proceeded to take a stand, so I took my gear over behind him and asked the crowd to ignore his words of hate and come and sing some words of love.”

The busker thanked those who were there on Saturday to help “take a stand for equality”.

“Whether you're homosexual or transgender or even just confused, you're still my friend. Bless you people, bless you,” he said.

The young Australian singer, who was raised in foster care and credits his mother - who died when he was just 18 - as his biggest inspiration, continued: “I'm absolutely overwhelmed by everything,” adding he was “speechless” over the reaction to the video.

Independent News Service