Melania Geymonat posted a picture on Facebook of her and her girlfriend covered in blood. (Melania Geymonat)
Thousands of people on social media are sending messages of support to a lesbian couple who were hospitalised for facial injuries and covered in blood after being attacked by a group of men for kissing on a night bus in North London.
Melania Geymonat, a 28-year-old cabin crew member from Uruguay shared a photo on Facebook in which she and her girlfriend Chris are covered in blood.
They had been travelling home from Camden after a date on 30 May when they were attacked by a group of four men after they refused to kiss for their entertainment.
Melania said: “We 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.”
“They described sexual positions [...] the word ‘scissors’ stuck in my mind,” Geymonat added.
Ms Geymonat said she tried to "calm things down" by "making jokes", while Chris pretended to be ill. She then describes how the attack escalated, with the gang of men punching them both in the face until they were covered in blood.
“The next thing I know I’m being punched,” Geymonat wrote.
I got dizzy at the sight of my blood and fell back.
Geymonat said she can’t go back to work, that her nose may have been broken in the assault, and her belongings, stolen.
The violent assault has left people online furious, and they took to Twitter to share their outrage – and support for the two women
Horrified to see this homophobic attack against two women simply trying to enjoy a night out in West Hampstead. The… https://t.co/H1o1kDDViO
“I’m tired of being [seen] as a sexual object [...] these situations are usual for gay friends who are beaten up just because [of their sexuality]," Geymonat later said of the incident.
We have to endure verbal harassment and chauvinist, misogynistic and homophobic violence because when you stand up for yourself shit like this happens.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD737/30May. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111