Sunday, May 4, 2008

Isle of Lesbos sues lesbians

What would Sappho say?

"Certain ladies" are being taken to court by three islanders from Lesbos, Greece, with the request that "lesbian" not be included in a gay rights orgaganization's name, and by extension, no longer be used to designate romantic relationships between women:

One of the plaintiffs said Wednesday that the name of the association, Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece, "insults the identity" of the people of Lesbos, who are also known as Lesbians.

"My sister can't say she is a Lesbian," said Dimitris Lambrou. "Our geographical designation has been usurped by certain ladies who have no connection whatsoever with Lesbos," he said.

Lesbians around the world have agreed to stop using the term so that Mr. Lambrou's sister can take her rightful place as a true Lesbian. The word is expected to be eradicated by 2015.


Krissi said...

As a Lesbian lesbian (that's right, the ole family's from Lesbos), I feel really caught in the middle!

Major Generalist said...

Wow, Krissi. I can see how you're stuck in a quandary. If I were you, my loyalties would certainly be torn.

Clearly Mr. Lambrou isn't accounting for your case scenario.

I think you need to counter sue. You deserve to be recognized!

charmschool said...

7/22/08 UPDATE: Court rules lesbians are not just from Lesbos

ATHENS (Reuters) - A Greek court has dismissed a request by residents of the Aegean island of Lesbos to ban the use of the word lesbian to describe gay women, according to a court ruling made public on Tuesday.