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CNB News  – Two women who were left covered in blood following a homophobic attack on a bus have said they will not be cowed into hiding their sexuality.

Melania Geymonat, 28, and Chris, 29, say they were attacked by several males on the top deck of a London night bus in the early hours of 30 May after they refused to kiss one other. Both women were treated in hospital for facial injuries.

Four male teenagers aged between 15 and 18 have been arrested.

Asked whether the attack left her less willing to show affection in public, Chris, who lives in north London but is originally from the US, said: “I am not scared about being visibly queer.

Melania Geymonat took to Facebook to share photo of herself and her girlfriend, Chris, covered in blood, as she narrated the assault.

Melania Geymonat said:

At least four men started harassing her and her girlfriend when they saw them kissing on the upper deck of the bus.

She wrote:

“They started behaving like hooligans, demanding that we kissed so they could enjoy watching, calling us ‘lesbians’ and describing sexual positions.”

She said she tried to calm them down by making jokes but the attack only intensified. She said they “kept on harassing us, throwing us coins and becoming more enthusiastic about it.”

Melania Geymonat added:

“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.”

She continued: “I got dizzy at the sight of my blood and fell back.”

Melania Geymonat said she doesn’t remember whether she lost consciousness. Then the bus stopped and police arrived, she said.

She went further to say in her post:

“I don’t know yet if my nose is broken, and I haven’t been able to go back to work, but what upsets me the 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.

“We have to endure verbal harassment AND CHAUVINIST, MISOGYNISTIC AND HOMOPHOBIC VIOLENCE because when you stand up for yourself s**t like this happens.”

 

Police are calling for witnesses to the attack. The police said in a statement earlier on Friday:

“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 women were then attacked and punched several times before the males ran off the bus. A phone and bag were stolen during the assault.

Police added later that arrests had been made, but gave no further details.

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