An English woman and her girlfriend were brutally attacked on a London city bus on Wednesday, May 30, after being approached by a group of four men.
Melania Geymonat, a 28 year old woman, recounted a horrific attack that she and girlfriend Chris endured on a night bus to Camden town.
The men started in as soon as the two got on the bus:
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 don't remember if they were already there or if they got on 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.
#MeToo #LGBTQ #London #England #UK #homophobie #Uruguay #homofobia #londonLGBT #women #machismo #chauvinst… https://t.co/es3EkJOSSl— Mel (@Mel) 1559810028.0
In an attempt to calm things down, I started making jokes. I thought this might make them go away. Chris even pretended she was 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."
@melaniageymonat @LindaRiley8 @bbcmundo @el_pais @LaVanguardia @ladiaria @ElObservador @devermut Sending our suppor… https://t.co/Gga5hPhERl— DIVA Magazine (@DIVA Magazine) 1559899134.0
@melaniageymonat @bbcmundo @el_pais @LaVanguardia @ladiaria @ElObservador @devermut So sorry this happened to you -… https://t.co/CZri5G8lnD— Daily Mail Comments (@Daily Mail Comments) 1559898825.0
@melaniageymonat @bbcmundo @el_pais @LaVanguardia @ladiaria @ElObservador @devermut Sending you love and support.— Greg Hogben (@Greg Hogben) 1559916042.0
@melaniageymonat Very sorry to see what happened to you. Best wishes to you both.— Mark Gallagher (@Mark Gallagher) 1559904885.0
@melaniageymonat @bbcmundo @el_pais @LaVanguardia @ladiaria @ElObservador @devermut So, so sorry this happened to y… https://t.co/kTNBIGTpYk— Heather Peace (@Heather Peace) 1559916563.0
@melaniageymonat @bbcmundo @el_pais @LaVanguardia @ladiaria @ElObservador @devermut Inexcusable. I’m so sorry this has happened to you both— Steve Pearce (@Steve Pearce) 1559911907.0
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. Suddenly the bus had stopped, the police were there and I was bleeding all over. Our stuff was stolen as well.
Scotland Yard is reportedly investigating.
British officials have taken to Twitter to express their disgust at the violence against Geymonat and her girlfriend:
Absolutely shocking. We must not, and will not, accept this homophobic and misogynist violence in our society. Soli… https://t.co/w99sZrE8Me— Jeremy Corbyn (@Jeremy Corbyn) 1559912872.0
This was a disgusting, misogynistic attack. Hate crimes against the LGBT+ community will not be tolerated in London… https://t.co/a6418FRt6j— Sadiq Khan (@Sadiq Khan) 1559900803.0
@jeremycorbyn That is just beyond horrendous Poor girls— Celtic Collectibles (@Celtic Collectibles) 1559913563.0
@jeremycorbyn This story is so heartbreaking, I feel for those two women. Just breaks my heart. I hate the world we… https://t.co/kV8tK3owsE— scott rand (@scott rand) 1559914182.0
@jeremycorbyn I am so heart broken for these women. The violence of misogyny and homophobia towards the LGBT comm… https://t.co/iJnukFcLae— Alan (@Alan) 1559913200.0
@melaniageymonat @bbcmundo @el_pais @LaVanguardia @ladiaria @ElObservador @devermut Sending lots of love to you bot… https://t.co/v4SK3CntE4— Daniel Stewart (@Daniel Stewart) 1559911260.0
The Metropolitan Police have posted a plea for witnesses in an attempt to find more information about the assailants.
"What upsets me the most," continued Geymonat, "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 as 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 sh*t 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. I just hope that in June, Pride Month, stuff like this can be spoken out loudly so they STOP HAPPENING!"
According to the BBC,There were 2,101 recorded hate crimes based on sexual orientation in London in March 2017-2018, up over 600 from 2014.
Across England and Wales, the number spiked to 11,638.
@melaniageymonat @bbcmundo @el_pais @LaVanguardia @ladiaria @ElObservador @devermut I am sorry to have read what ha… https://t.co/V7pUlTEGVZ— Joonas Niinimaki (@Joonas Niinimaki) 1559906360.0
@melaniageymonat @bbcmundo @el_pais @LaVanguardia @ladiaria @ElObservador @devermut really sorry to hear what happe… https://t.co/I9D5G2He5v— Deemers (@Deemers) 1559904105.0
@melaniageymonat @bbcmundo @el_pais @LaVanguardia @ladiaria @ElObservador @devermut Sending you both love and solidarity 🏳️🌈❤️— Madeleine Stone (@Madeleine Stone) 1559892481.0
@melaniageymonat @bbcmundo On behalf of true Londoners, I’m so sorry you both endured this vicious attack in our ci… https://t.co/HOLS6gYRT8— Tom Quinn® (@Tom Quinn®) 1559897901.0
@melaniageymonat @bbcmundo @el_pais @LaVanguardia @ladiaria @ElObservador @devermut I’m absolutely sickened by this… https://t.co/eTY6emnxVI— Mappers (@Mappers) 1559901021.0
Pride month commemorates the pride and pain of LGBTQ+ people around the world.
And as we celebrate, we must remember the stories like Melania and Chris' that are literally still happening right under our noses.