Gay Couple Share Bloodied Photo After They Were Beaten by Men for Refusing to Kiss For Their Entertainment

A woman has spoken out about a terrifying ordeal in which she and her girlfriend were attacked by a gang of men on a London bus after they refused to kiss for their entertainment.

Uruguay national Melania Geymonat, 28, posted a photo showing the aftermath of the assault in which she and her American girlfriend Chris are covered in blood following the attack in the early hours of May 30 in the English capital.

Geymonat uploaded the photo to Facebook along with a lengthy caption detailing the attack and calling for an end to "chauvinist, misogynistic and homophobic violence."

She described how she and Chris were on the late night bus traveling to the Camden area of London after the pair had been on a date. Geymonat said the group of men must have come over to them on the bus after they had spotted them kissing.

"There were at least four of them," Geymonat said. "They started behaving like hooligans, demanding that we kissed so they could enjoy watching, calling us 'lesbians' and describing sexual positions. I don't remember the whole episode, but the word 'scissors' stuck in my mind."

Geymonat said she started joking with the men in an attempt to calm the situation and her girlfriend pretended to be sick so they would leave them alone.

"But they kept on harassing us, throwing us coins and becoming more enthusiastic about it," she added. "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. I don't remember whether or not I lost consciousness. Suddenly the bus had stopped, the police were there and I was bleeding all over."

Geymonat said the couple were both robbed of their possessions during the attack. She decided to post the photo of their injuries while venting her frustrations at how common such homophobic attacks are.

"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. We have to endure verbal harassment and chauvinist, misogynistic and homophobic violence because when you stand up for yourself s**t like this happens," she wrote. "I just hope that in June, Pride Month, stuff like this can be spoken out loudly so they stop happening."

Speaking to Uruguayan news site Montevideo Portal, Geymonat added she wanted to share her story to highlight violence against women across the world.

"Today I was talking to a friend from Barcelona who a lot of times feels bad because there are men who persecute her or invade her and that I felt is quite normalized, but I should not," she said.

Speaking of the assault on the London bus, she said: "I think they attacked me a little more because I was a woman than because I was a lesbian, but it's a combination of both. The only idea of ​​sharing it was to raise awareness because it happens a lot more than what is known," she added.

London's Metropolitan Police confirmed in a statement they are appealing for witnesses and information in relation to the attack.

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Melania Geymonat Facebook post showing the couple's injuries has been shared nearly 10,000 times online. Facebook/Melania Geymonat