The lesbian couple who were the victims of a homophobic attack have slammed Boris Johnson for his previous remarks on homosexuality.
Melania Geymonat and her girlfriend Chris have warned that ‘hate crimes are alive and well’ – and that their attack on a London bus only got attention because they were young white girls.
The couple also said that Mr Johnson – favourite to be the next Prime Minister – was not the only politician ascending to power to express ‘homophobic’ views.
They were both attacked on a bus in north London after refusing to kiss and being the victim of several homophobic remarks.
They have both spoken to Channel 4 this evening about the attack and about the rise in homophobia.
They were asked how they felt about Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister.
In the past he made some homophobic comments and called gay people bum boys, along with comparing gay marriage to bestiality.
Chris replied: “I do not think that Boris Johnson is fit to lead anything much less the United Kingdom”.
Asked if his previous comments were problematic she said: “Yes. but I think it is also very much aligned with the global political climate of say he is not the only one ascending to power with his views and his ideology.
“So he is but one person in a growing climate.”
Speaking about the attack Chris said: “If you look in the broader context of not just hate crimes against the LGBT community but any marginalized group.
“Hate crimes are alive and well. it’s not a surprise that we have gotten a lot of attention for it. Doesn’t mean that it’s not happening elsewhere”
She added: “It’s been over two weeks now… I’m trying to take kind of like an analytical and objective approach when I’m looking at how it’s affecting me.
“You know it might have these mental health side effects that might manifest and so I’m trying to observe myself and look at changes in myself and my reactions to things.”