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5/4/2008

The "real" lesbians upset.

On June 10, in Athens Greece, courts will have the opportunity to hear what could be considered
one of the more unusual cases in modern times. 3 citizens from the island of Lesbos, home of
the 6th century BC Greek Poet Sappho, who often wrote about love between women, have
decided to file suit against the Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece, for using the
word "Lesbian" in its name.

The plaintiffs are seeking to prohibit the Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece from
using the word "Lesbian" in their name. This particular group is being targeted because,
according to the plaintiffs, it is the only officially recognized group in Greece that uses
the word "lesbian" in their name.

The citizens allege that the use of the word "Lesbian" "insults the identity" of citizens of the
island of Lesbos. One resident, Dimitris Lambrou complained "My sister can't say she is a
lesbian".

Islanders claim that the word "lesbian" has only been linked to female homosexuality for the
past few decades. The word "Lesbian", meaning "Of Lesbos was first used in 1591, but its
use as a noun referring to female homosexuals daters from 1925, though the word "lesbianism"
was known as far back as the 1870's.

The island is also known by the name of its capital city, Mytilene.

Those filing the suit have claimed that this is not an act of agression against women who love
women. Lambrou said "Let them visit Lesbos and get married and whatever they like. We just
want [the group] to remove the word lesbian from their title."

Lesbos is a vacation and honeymoon destination for gay women. It might be interesting to see what effect this litigation will have on tourism on that island.

Read more:

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1FBB6C19-8FF2-44E6-8882-41272F904892.htm
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080430/ap_on_re_eu/greece_lesbian_pride