In the early hours of May 30th, Melania Geymonat, 28, and her partner Chris, 29, say they were attacked by several males on the top level of a London night bus.

According to the lesbian couple, their attackers forced them to kiss one another, and when they refused, they were attacked by the group of men.

On the 8th of June, a boy, aged 16, was arrested in association with the attack. This arrest brings the total of arrested suspects to five males between the ages of 15 and 18.

In a recent interview with BBC Radio 4’s World at One, Ms Geymonat reiterated that the attack will not force her into hiding her sexuality in public.

When asked whether the attack left her less willing to show affection in public, Chris said: “I am not scared about being visibly queer. If anything, you should do it more. I was and still am angry. It was scary, but this is not a novel situation.”

“The violence is not only because we are women which are dating each other. It’s also because we are women.”

The latest homophobic attack in London has raised concerns about the rising level of homophobia in England’s capital.

According to the Met Police’s crime dashboard, reported homophobic hate crimes across London have increased from 1,488 in 2014 to 2,308 in 2018.

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