A group of men harassed a lesbian couple and then assaulted them
There was a horrific, disgusting, discriminatory attack that happened on a London bus last week. A group of young men began harassing a lesbian couple, making lewd comments, and later assaulted both women. Melania Geymonat, one of the women who was attacked, penned a gut-wrenching post about the series of events.
Geymonat took to Facebook to share their story. She explained that she and her girlfriend Chris were on the bus heading home when a group of men started harassing them.
“We must have kissed or something because these guys came after us,” she recounted. “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.”
Geymonat tried to make jokes to relax the situation and get them to back off but the men wouldn’t stop. “Chris even pretended she was sick, but they kept on harassing us, throwing us coins and becoming more enthusiastic about it,” she wrote. “The next thing I know is that Chris is in the middle of the bus fighting with them.”
When Geymonat went over, she found that her girlfriend’s face was bleeding and she had been attacked by three of the men. Then, Geymonat was punched. She can’t remember if she lost consciousness or not but after that the bus stopped and the police got on. Both of the women’s belongings had been stolen and Geymonat’s nose might have been broken.
Four men between the ages of 15 and 18 were arrested on suspicion of robbery and grievous bodily harm, according to CNN. “Lots of people will understandably be outraged by this attack,” Detective Superintendent Andy Cox said in a statement. “Our efforts to trace all the suspects involved and bring them in for questioning will be relentless.”
Many, many people took to Twitter to share their disgust over this horrific incident and remind everyone – once again – that there are still rampant and dangerous attacks happening on the LGBTQ community. They also reinforced the fact that a lesbian couple’s relationship is not designed for a man’s entertainment.
The couple was attacked by a group of men after refusing their demands to kiss for them.
— Farrah Khan (@farrahsafiakhan) June 7, 2019
today should have reminded us that while male violence against women is an issue that affects all women, there is a specific nuance of this targeted at LGBTQ+ women where they are both fetishised and attacked for their sexuality.
— 𝚊 𝚐𝚕𝚊𝚜𝚐𝚘𝚠 𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚔𝚒𝚎 (@JennyLConstable) June 7, 2019
This is utterly gutwrenching, a horrifying homophobic attack which will send a wave of acute horror through every LGBTQ person who reads it. Solidarity with the gay women who were attacked – and please let’s renew the fight against homophobic hatred https://t.co/3kQcG1bD7U
— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) June 7, 2019
Geymonat added that she’s frustrated it takes a gruesome, bloodied image of two women beaten up to get the public’s attention because, at this point, violence has become such a common occurrence. “I just hope that in June, Pride Month, stuff like this can be spoken out loudly so they STOP HAPPENING!” she wrote.
And, once again for the people in the back, everyone needs to understand the LGBTQ community continues to be deeply vulnerable to hate crimes.
“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,” she wrote. “We have to endure verbal harassment AND CHAUVINIST, MISOGYNISTIC AND HOMOPHOBIC VIOLENCE because when you stand up for yourself shit like this happens.”