The Malta Independent 23 September 2019, Monday

London bus attack: Arrests after gay couple who refused to kiss beaten

Saturday, 8 June 2019, 07:20 Last update: about 5 months ago

Two women say they were subjected to a homophobic attack and left covered in blood after refusing to kiss on a bus, the BBC reports.

Melania Geymonat, 28, said the attack on her and partner 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.

Four male teenagers aged between 15 and 18 have been arrested.

They are being questioned on suspicion of robbery and aggravated grievous bodily harm.

Speaking about the attack, which happened in the early hours of 30 May, Ms 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.

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