News Who Are The Real Lesbians?
posted by May 1 at 9:14 AMon
I saw the headline yesterday and brushed it off as a last-day-of-April Fools joke. But no, it’s real: Campaigners on the Greek isle of Lesbos are going to court to wrangle exclusive rights to the term “Lesbian.”
BBC News reports:
The issue boils down to who has the right to call themselves Lesbians. Is it gay women, or the 100,000 people living on Greece’s third biggest island—plus another 250,000 expatriates who originate from Lesbos? The man spearheading the case, publisher Dimitris Lambrou, claims that international dominance of the word in its sexual context violates the human rights of the islanders, and disgraces them around the world. He says it causes daily problems to the social life of Lesbos’s inhabitants.
In court papers, the plaintiffs allege that the Greek government is so embarrassed by the term Lesbian that it has been forced to rename the island after its capital, Mytilini. An early court date has now been set for judges to decide whether to grant an injunction against the Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece and to order it to change its name.
Good luck with that. Full story here.