Thursday, May 1, 2008

People of Lesbos take gay group to court over term 'Lesbian'

By NICHOLAS PAPHITIS, Associated Press Writer
Wed Apr 30, 5:04 PM ET

ATHENS, Greece - A Greek court has been asked to draw the line between the
natives of the Aegean Sea island of Lesbos and the world's gay women.

Three islanders from Lesbos - home of the ancient poet Sappho, who praised
love between women - have taken a gay rights group to court for using the
word lesbian in its name.

One of the plaintiffs said 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.

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