WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Melania Geymonat and her partner, Chris, were violently beaten on a London bus after they refused to kiss in front of a group of teen thugs.
- In their first public statements, the couple stated that the violent attack had filled them with anger but not fear.
- The pair declared that the violence did not scare them from ‘being visibly queer’ or showing public displays of affection.
The lesbian couple who were beaten on a London bus last week still have visible bruises.
In the couple’s first public statements in a BBC interview, they declared that the attack made them feel angry, but definitely not scared.
One of the injured women, who only goes by her first name, Chris, pointed out, “What is still making me angry is that this is not a novel situation.”
Her partner, Melania Geymonat, added, “The violence is not only because we are women which are dating each other. It’s also because we are women.”
A group of teen thugs had taunted Chris and Melania to kiss each other while they were on a London bus. When the couple refused, the group violently beat them.
The violent attack had filled the two with anger but not fear. The pair said that the violence did not scare them from showing public displays of affection.
Chris declared, “I’m not scared about being visibly queer. If anything you should do it more.”
She continued, “There are a lot of people’s rights at risk. And people’s basic safety is at risk, and so I want people to feel emboldened to stand up to the same people who feel emboldened.”
She encouraged everyone to “stand up for themselves – and stand up for each other.”
Officials have arrested five suspects, aged 15 to 18, in relation to the attack.
Source: New York Post