Four teenagers have charged with hate crimes for an assault on a London bus that left two LGBT women injured in May.
Melania Geymonat said she and her girlfriend, recognized solely as Chris, have been hospitalized for facial accidents after being attacked on a double-decker bus in the Camden neighborhood of London, Metropolitan Police mentioned.
Four youngsters ages around of 15 and 17 have been charged with an aggravated hate crime about the assault and can appear Aug. 21 at Highbury Nook Youth Court, police stated Thursday.
Geymonat detailed the attack on Facebook and shared a horrible picture that shortly went viral. She stated she and Chris had been cat-known as by a bunch of four males after coming into the high deck of the bus.
“They started behaving like hooligans, demanding that we kissed so they may enjoy watching, calling us ‘lesbians’ and describing sexual positions,” Geymonat wrote in a statement on Facebook.
To appease the lads and “calm issues down,” Geymonat stated she began joking with them. They have been the one passengers on the bus, she added, but it was not clear who took the picture.
However, the lads, who allegedly threw coins at them, quickly started attacking Geymonat’s girlfriend.
“This was a disgusting, misogynistic attack,” wrote London Mayor Sadiq Khan in a tweet. “Hate crimes towards the LGBT+ community will not be tolerated in London.”
Following a British authorities survey from February, two-thirds of LGBT people in the United Kingdom are afraid of public shows of affection due to worry of “a negative response from others.”