Two women, Melania Geymonat and her partner Chris, were left bloodied after an attack on them occurred allegedly by a group of young men on a London bus on May 30th. Geymonat reported on a Facebook post, that the group of men wanted to see them kiss each other so that they (the men) could “enjoy watching”.
Geymonat also said her and her partner were subjected to homophobic abuse while being beaten up: “They started behaving like hooligans, demanding that we kissed so they could enjoy watching, calling us ‘lesbians’ and describing sexual positions … The next thing I know is that Chris is in the middle of the bus fighting with them.” She goes on to say “the next thing I know is I’m being punched. I got dizzy at the sight of my blood and fell back. I don’t remember whether or not I lost consciousness.”
According to The Guardian, The Metropolitan police said they were treating the attack as a hate crime, and appealed for witnesses to the attack at about 2.30am on 30 May on the N31 bus in West Hampstead.
“As they sat on the top deck they were approached by a group of four males who began to make lewd and homophobic comments to them,” the police said.
“The women were then attacked and punched several times before the males ran off the bus. A phone and bag were stolen during the assault. Both women were taken to hospital for treatment to facial injuries.”
Photographs of the bloodied faces of the women have been circulating on social media, and politicians have condemned the attack.
The Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, described the incident as “absolutely shocking”, adding: “We must not, and will not, accept this homophobic and misogynist violence in our society. Solidarity to Melania and Chris, and to all in the LGBT+ community for everything they endure for simply being who they are.”
The police are urging witnesses to come forward, saying: “Hate crimes against the LGBT+ community will not be tolerated in London.”