Melania Geymonat and her girlfriend, Chris, were alone on the top deck of a London night bus when they were attacked. Melania posted a picture of her and her girlfriend bruised, battered and bloodied after four men attacked them for refusing to kiss each other for their entertainment.
Melania explains that the situation started when she and her girlfriend kissed. The men then began to harass them and ordered them to kiss one another. They even threw coins at the two women. Melania tried to brush things off with jokes and Chris pretended to be sick, all in an attempt to get the men to leave them alone.
Melania describes that the men starting becoming "enthusiastic" about the situation. They called them "lesbians", imitated sexual positions and Melania says that they spoke of "scissors".
Suddenly, Chris was in the middle of the bus fighting with the boys. Melania jumped in to help and saw that Chris was bleeding all over. She herself was being punched and began to feel dizzy at the sight of blood from her nose.
Melania says that she thinks she may have passed out after the incident, since in a moment the bus had stopped and police were already on the deck investigating the scene. Her phone and purse were also taken. The two were admitted to the hospital and have since been discharged.
In anger of the incident, Melania posted her story on Facebook. She vented about how homophobic and misogynistic violence has become the unacceptable norm of today's world.
In an effort to condemn the actions, she spoke out hoping that since it's pride month people would take notice and take action.
Since the attack, BBC reports the gang of boys, ages 15 -18, have been arrested and face charges of robbery and "aggravated grievous bodily harm". Prime Minister Theresa May has spoken out saying,
"This was a sickening attack and my thoughts are with the couple affected.
"Nobody should ever have to hide who they are or who they love and we must work together to eradicate unacceptable violence towards the LGBT community."
When Melania asked if she would refrain showing queer attraction again she responded, "I am not scared about being visibly queer. If anything, you should do it more."
We wish the ladies the best in recovering from this traumatic event.