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Lesbos citizens fight for the name 'lesbian'

Fri 2 May 2008 In: International News View at Wayback

Three islanders from the Aegean Sea island of Lesbos - home of the ancient poet Sappho, who praised love between women - have taken a gay equality group to court for using the word 'lesbian' in its name. The Island of Lesbos One of the plaintiffs said on 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. The three plaintiffs are seeking to have the group barred from using "lesbian" in its name and filed a lawsuit in April. The other two plaintiffs are women. Also called Mytilene, after its capital, Lesbos is famed as the birthplace of Sappho. The island is a favored holiday destination for gay women, particularly the lyric poet's reputed home town of Eressos. "This is not an aggressive act against gay 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." He said the plaintiffs targeted the group because it is the only officially registered gay group in Greece to use the word lesbian in its name. The case will be heard in an Athens court in June.    

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First published: Friday, 2nd May 2008 - 9:57am

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