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Residents of Lesbos, Greece, Want Their Name Back

Residents of the Greek island of Lesbos have brought a lawsuit against a Greek gay rights group, alleging that the term "lesbian" is an insult to the homeland.

The lawyer representing the three Lesbos plaintiffs says that the group's name — the Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece — "causes confusion by using a geographic term" in connection with social action. The island does not want to be associated with the group's "special character."

It seems the islanders have a seriously uphill battle to fight if they are trying to reclaim the term "lesbian" as a geographical moniker. The ancient female poet Sappho, who hailed from Lesbos, lent the name of her hometown island to female-loving females, as much of her poetry celebrated love between women. Considering travel to Lesbos is popular among the world's gay community, it might be in the island's economic interest to embrace its homosexual association.


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mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 8 years
:rolls eyes:
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
=)) i read about this awhile ago and i had to explain to the boyfriend like ten times, he didnt get!
underyourwaves underyourwaves 9 years
I find this hilarious. Why do they suddenly care *now*?
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Oh boy. I wonder what the people from Dildo Newfoundland are going to want now...
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I can understand that, but someone should probably tell them that their other idea, "Fire Island" is probably not the solution to this problem.
stephley stephley 9 years
And centuries from now, really joyful people would sue for their term back.
janneth janneth 9 years
the GLAAD glossary says that "gay" refers to people of both sexes, while lesbian is sex specific, of course. i think the women i know prefer the term gay. maybe we can give the term back to the island. but that would be the decision of gay women/lesbians.
janneth janneth 9 years
why are they doing this now, I mean this is nothing new.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I was just wondering yesterday where the term Lesbian came from and was wondering why the need to differentiate? Doesn't "gay" and "homosexual" cover both genders?
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
I heard this on the car radio this morning and laughed all the way to work.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
That is hilarious!
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