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Homosexual couple beaten after refusing to kiss on London bus

  • Published at 09:52 pm June 7th, 2019
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A rainbow flag waves in the wind at the Stonewall National Monument outside the Stonewall Inn, site of the1969 Stonewall uprising, considered the birth of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement in Greenwich Village in New York City, New York on June 4, 2019 Reuters

A group of young men began harassing them when they discovered the women were a couple, asking them to kiss while making sexual gestures, reports BBC

A homosexual couple said that they were subjected to a homophobic attack and left covered in blood after refusing to kiss on a bus.

Melania Geymonat, 28, said the attack on her and her girlfriend, Chris, happened on the top deck of a London night bus as they were travelling to Camden Town.

A group of young men began harassing them when they discovered the women were a couple, asking them to kiss while making sexual gestures, reports BBC.

Police are "following up" on CCTV footage of the assault, the London metropolitan police said.

Speaking about the attack, which happened in the early hours of 30 May, Geymonat told BBC Radio 4's World at One she had previously experienced "a lot of verbal violence."

But she said she had never before been physically attacked because of her sexuality.

Geymonat said: "They surrounded us and started saying really aggressive stuff, things about sexual positions, lesbians and claiming we could kiss so they could watch us.

"To ease the situation I tried to make some jokes, like Chris wasn't understanding because she didn't speak English.

"She even acted as if she was sick... but they started throwing coins. The next thing I know Chris is in the middle of the bus and they are punching her.

"So I immediately went there by impulse and tried to pull her out of there and they started punching me. I was really bleeding.

"The police are extremely good; we are in close touch and they are investigating."

Geymonat added that the gang of at least four men might have broken her nose during the ordeal, and stole a phone and bag from them before fleeing.

Both women were taken to hospital for treatment to facial injuries.

Geymonat said one of the men spoke Spanish and the others had British accents.

Bus operator Metroline said there was CCTV footage of the attack and it was co-operating with the London metropolitan police.