Lesbian couple brutally attacked in London

Melania Geymonat (right) and her girlfriend Chris (left) were attacked by a gang on the top deck of London's night bus. Photo credit: Personal archive.

ROME - A photo showing two women in a public transport with blood on their faces went viral after Melania Geymonat, 28, used her Facebook account to denounce the brutal attack that her and her girlfriend Chris suffered in London.

 Geymonat wrote about the incident on Wednesday, one week after the attack occurred, and claimed that the couple was a victim of homophobic violence.

 According to her, she was with Chris on the top deck of a night bus heading to Camden Town when they were surrounded by a group of at least four men who demanded that they kissed and called them 'lesbians' while making sexual gestures.

 The air hostess of Uruguayan origins said she attempted to make jokes to calm things down while her girlfriend pretended to be sick, but that did not prevent them from being brutally attacked by the group.

 “The next thing I know is that Chris is in the middle of the bus fighting with them. On an impulse, I went over there only to find her face bleeding and three of them beating her up. The next thing I know is I'm being punched. I got dizzy at the sight of my blood and fell back,” Geymonat wrote.

 After the men left, the women noticed their belongings were missing.

 London Mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the assault. “This was a disgusting, misogynistic attack. Hate crimes against the LGBT+ community will not be tolerated in London,” he said on Twitter.

 The Metropolitan Police are investigating the case and appealing for witnesses. People with information should call 101.

 The attack occurred few days before the start of Pride Month. During the month of June, several pride events take place worldwide to celebrate the Stonewall riots that occurred in June 1969 and spread awareness of LGBT+ rights.

 “I just hope that in June, Pride Month, stuff like this can be spoken out loudly so they stop happening,” Geymonat wrote.

  In Rome, Roma Pride will happen on Saturday, June 8, at Piazza della Repubblica at 3 pm.