Monday, June 16, 2008
Lesbians vs. lesbiansI was a little late to this, but did you hear the one about the Lesbians and the lesbians? Residents of the Greek island of Lesbos went to court last week to stop gay women from calling themselves lesbians.
"We are very upset that, worldwide, women who like women have appropriated the name of our island," said Dimitris Lambrou, a magazine publisher who is one of those bringing the complaint with other islanders. "Until 1924, according to the Oxford English dictionary, a Lesbian was a native of our isle," he said. "Now, because of its new connotations, our womenfolk are unable to call themselves such and that is wrong."Treatment of gay people is a hot topic in the socially conservative country, but Lambrou and the other petitioners say they have "nothing against lesbians," who contribute much tourism revenue to the island's economy.
Video from BBC News
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