Lesbian couple beaten in a homophobic attack on a bus in London

Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a case involving a homophobic attack on two women on a bus, in London. The incident has gone viral across England, prompting condemnation on a large scale. The attack took place on May 30th, 2019.

The couple, Melania Geymonata and her partner Chris, were traveling on a bus for an evening out together when four men began harassing them after seeing them kissing each other.

According to Melania Geymonata, in her Facebook post (which was shared by her in English and Spanish), they made sexually offensive and crude comments over them, demanding that they kiss each other. After that, they also assaulted and robbed them.

The following was written and shared by Melania on her Facebook timeline, telling the story of the entire incident.

"Last Wednesday, I had a date with Chris. We got on the Night Bus, heading for her place in Camden Town, climbed upstairs and took the front seats. We must have kissed or something because these guys came after us. I do not remember if they were already there or if they goton after us There were at least four of them. They started behaving like hooligans, demanding that we kissed so they could enjoy watching, calling us 'lesbians' and describing sexual positions. I do not remember the whole episode, but the word "scissors" stuck in my mind. It was only them and us there. In an attempt to calm things down, I started making jokes. I thought this might make them go away. Chris even pretended to be sick, but they kept on harassing us, throwing us coins and becoming more enthusiastic about it. The next thing I know is that Chris is in the middle of the bus fighting with them. On an impulse, I went over there only to find her face bleeding and three of them beating her up. The next thing I know is I'm being punched. I got dizzy at the sight of my blood and fell back. I do not remember whether or not I lost consciousness. Suddenly the bus had stopped, the police were there and I was bleeding all over. Our stuff was stolen as well. I do not know yet if my nose is broken, and I have not been able to go back to work, but what upsets me most is that VIOLENCE HAS BECOME A COMMON THING, that sometimes it's necessary to see a woman bleeding after having been punched to feel some kind of impact. I'm tired of being taken to a SEXUAL OBJECT, of finding out that these situations are usual, of gay friends who were beaten up JUST BECAUSE. We have to endure verbal harassment AND CHAUVINIST, MISOGYNISTIC AND HOMOPHOBIC VIOLENCE because when you stand up for yourself you shit like this happens. By the way, I am thankful to all the women and men in my life that understand that HAVING BALLS MEANS SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.
Last Wednesday I had an appointment with Chris.We went up to the Night bus on the top floor, the front seat, on the way to his house in Camden Town.There are moments that I do not remember, if it was the shock or I was unconscious I do not know how to specify it. At that time we had to kiss or hug, because the men who had there or came up after us (I do not know) followed us and stood as tribune asking us to kiss for their delight, telling us lesbians, alluding to sexual poses and other things I do not remember, making gestures with their hands while having fun telling us "scissors". As if we were a show and they the grandstand to entertain. There were at least 4 men. Upstairs it was just them and us. In an attempt to lighten the atmosphere I started making "jokes". I really thought that I could mediate the situation that would happen as one of the unpleasant moments that we USUALLY have to endure as WOMEN AND AS HOMOSEXUALS, and that they would calm down. Chris became sick to be stopped talking. But they kept harassing us. They threw us coins, more and more excited. The next thing I know is that in the middle of the bus is Chris fighting with 3 of them and immediately I'm heading there. I see her full of blood and somehow I understand the gravity and I start to try to get her out of the way: the next thing I know is that they break my nose and I only see my blood. I do not know if I lost consciousness.The next thing I remember was filling the bus that was already standing with the police with blood, taking a statement from us. Since they were, they stole us too. I still do not know if my nose is broken and I have not been able to return to work, but what angers me the most is that VIOLENCE IS USUAL, that it is necessary to get to the BLOOD and to a story of 4 kids crashing to two women so that this image has a kind of impact, learn daily of similar situations, for being a woman being taken as a sexual object, knowing of gay friends who were beaten to death PORQUESÍ, that have to endure the "PIROPOS" and the VIOLENCE MACHISTA, MISÓGINA and HOMOPHOB because when you defend things like that happen. In passing I thank the men and women of my life who understand that HAVING EGGS MEANS ANOTHER THING. In June, the month of diversity."

She also posted a photograph of herself and her partner, Chris, of the aftermath of the attack. Both can be seen covered with blood while sitting on a seat in the bus.

As per the Metropolitan Police, four males aging from 15 to 18, had been arrested on suspicion of robbery and also for causing grievous bodily harm to both the victims.

Inquiries were continuing into the “disgusting” assault, said Detective Superintendent Andy Cox.

He also said in his statement that many people will be understandably outraged by this attack. Since the news of this incident comes amid the ongoing ‘Pride Month’ celebrating the LGBT community and its empowerment.

Superintendent Andy Cox also added that their efforts to trace all the suspects involved and bring them in for questioning will be relentless.

Source: CNN

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