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Same-sex couple on viral London bus attack: ‘We were just sexual objects’

Same-sex couple on viral London bus attack: ‘We were just sexual objects’

Same-sex couple open up about being attacked in London | Photo: Channel 4 News

A same-sex couple have opened up about the homophobic and misogynistic attack they suffered on a bus in north London.

A picture of a bloody and crying couple went viral last week.

The picture was of medical student Melania Geymonat and American-born Chris on a bus after being attacked by a group of young men.

The men started harassing them and asked them to kiss while describing sexual positions. A fight broke out which left the two women covered in blood.

Same-sex couple on the ‘shocking’ viral bus attack

Chris (L) and Melania after the London attack. They're covered in blood.
The Uruguayan-American lesbian couple attacked in London | Photo: Facebook

Melania, 28, said to Channel 4 News: ‘First of all, it was an attack towards women and, then after, homosexual women.’

The couple were punched and robbed on the bus in the early hours of 30 May following an evening out in West Hampstead.

Chris suffered a broken jaw while Melania had a broken nose.

When the picture went viral, many described it as ‘shocking’.

However, the couple disagree.

Melania told the Times: ‘It’s not the first time this happens to me that I’m with a girlfriend or on a date and men tend to be excited by watching.

‘That’s one of the things that really annoyed me.

‘I’m 28, so it has been 10 years that I have seen this.

‘We are not performing. It feels really humiliating to be treated like that.’

Why it went viral

Chris also wrote an opinion piece for The Guardian. She criticized reporters who called them a lesbian couple as she identifies as bisexual.

‘A refrain I’ve heard ad nauseum is “I can’t believe this happened – it’s 2019”. I disagree,’ she wrote.

‘This attack and the ensuing media circus are par for the course in 2019.

‘In both my native United States and here in the United Kingdom, it always has been and still is open season on the bodies of (in no specific order) people of color, indigenous people, transgender people, disabled people, queer people, poor people, women and migrants.

‘I have evaded much of the violence and oppression imposed on so many others by our capitalist, white supremacist, patriarchal system because of the privileges I enjoy by dint of my race, health, education, and conventional gender presentation.

‘That has nothing to do with the merit of my character.

‘The press coverage, and timely law enforcement response, was not coincidental to our complexions.

‘Neither was the disproportionate online reaction over the victimisation of a pretty brunette and blonde.

‘The commodification and exploitation of my face came at the expense of other victims whose constant persecution apparently does not warrant similar moral outrage.’

Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic attacks on the rise 

Both homophobic and transphobic hate crimes — from stalking to violent attacks — have drastically increased in England and Wales over the past five years.

From 2013-14 to 2017-17, LGBT hate crimes per capita rose 144%. Police reported 11,600 known crimes of this nature in the most recent year of date. This is more than double the 4,600 known crimes reported during the time period assessed.

Anti-gay and lesbian, as well as transphobic attacks, have doubled and tripled, respectively.

See also

London: Teen girl and man arrested after gay man is raped and killed 

Halsey wears T-shirt of assaulted queer couple at London gig 

Four male teens arrested in violent attack on couple in London