Teenagers held over homophobic attack on two women on London bus

Lesbian couple assaulted by group of young males blame rise of rightwing populism for growth in hate crime The two women left needing hospital treatment after they were attacked on a bus in a homophobic assault have blamed a rise in rightwing populism for growing hate crime and called on people to stand up for each other. Melania Geymonat, 28, and her girlfriend, Chris, 29, defiantly announced they would not be intimidated into hiding their sexuality, days after they said they were attacked by several young men when they refused to kiss upon demand. I was and still am angry. It was scary, but this is not a novel situation, said Chris. Im not scared about being visibly queer. If …