Court: Lesbos Islanders Not the World’s Only Lesbians

A Greek court has ruled against a group of Greek islanders from Lesbos demanding that gay women stop calling themselves “lesbians”.

Lesbos_2_2The court apparently told the islanders they do not have sole claim to the “Lesbian” moniker. No other details on the ruling were immediately available.

“A group of islanders from Lesbos filed a lawsuit against the Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece in April, accusing it of insulting locals, who are also called Lesbians. ‘They insult our historical and geographical identity by using the name,’ Dimitris Lambrou said. The islanders were seeking to have the group barred from using the word ‘Lesbian’ in its name…The island of Lesbos is also called Mytilene, after its capital, and is a popular holiday destination for gay women. Lambrou, who publishes a magazine on ancient Greek religion, said the islanders will take their complaint to international courts if need be. ‘The word lesbian has been associated with gay women for the past few decades but we have been Lesbians for thousands of years,’ he said.”

Posted July 22, 2008 at 8:24am ETC by Andy Towle
in Greece, News