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Old 04-30-08, 03:04 PM
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People of Lesbos take gay group to court over term 'Lesbian'

By NICHOLAS PAPHITIS, AP
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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.

The three plaintiffs are seeking to have the group barred from using "lesbian" in its name and filed a lawsuit on April 10. 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 on June 10.

Sappho lived from the late 7th to the early 6th century B.C. and is considered one of the greatest poets of antiquity. Many of her poems, written in the first person and intended to be accompanied by music, contain passionate references to love for other women.

Lambrou said the word lesbian has only been linked with gay women in the past few decades. "But we have been Lesbians for thousands of years," said Lambrou, who publishes a small magazine on ancient Greek religion and technology that frequently criticizes the Christian Church.

Very little is known of Sappho's life. According to some ancient accounts, she was an aristocrat who married a rich merchant and had a daughter with him. One tradition says that she killed herself by jumping off a cliff over an unhappy love affair.

Lambrou says Sappho was not gay. "But even if we assume she was, how can 250,000 people of Lesbian descent including women be considered homosexual?"

The Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece could not be reached for comment.


And in a related story, the people of Homosex are considering a similar lawsuit.
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They should just rename the island to Rugmunchos
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
They should just rename the island to Rugmunchos


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Didn't Holland have similar problems?
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"LESBOS!!!"
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A Greek Lesbian.


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^^^ Holy Shit!!!


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Originally Posted by Giantrobo
A Greek Lesbian.

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I hope you get stomach cancer and die!!!!!!!!!!!
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Are any surviving descendants of Sodom going to come forward and sue for the term sodomy?

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A while back, Turkey objected to Americans calling stupid things or stupid people 'turkey'.

They got over it.
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Just so people have a clear understanding what the good citizens of Lesbos are complaining about:



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Originally Posted by calhoun07
Are any survivors of Sodom going to come forward and sue for the term sodomy?
How many survivors of Sodom are there?
Spoiler:
A Lot.
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Originally Posted by achau9598
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.
Only on that island could you get away with:

"Hello, my name is Stefanos, I'm straight and I'm a Lesbian."
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
How many survivors of Sodom are there?
Spoiler:
A Lot.
Super stupid.
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So if I lived there I really would be a Lesbian in a man's body.

Also, if you want to see some interesting pics, do a google image search for "Lesbos" with safe search turned off. Not work safe.
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
How many survivors of Sodom are there?
Spoiler:
A Lot.
I realized how stupid it was after I logged off the boards. I edited it to say what I actually meant (the survivor's DESCENDANTS!)

And Lot and his daughters were the only survivors...and the daughters got impregnated by Lot because they thought they were the last people on Earth...so that would mean the state of Arkansas would be filing the lawsuit about the word "Sodomy."
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Originally Posted by Heat
So if I lived there I really would be a Lesbian in a man's body.

Also, if you want to see some interesting pics, do a google image search for "Lesbos" with safe search turned off. Not work safe.

That's what came up for me.
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Originally Posted by calhoun07

That's what came up for me.


Awesome
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"Lesbian kiss" with safe search on.

Hawt.
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When I took Ancient Civilizations in college the professor told us that Lesbos was the site of an all girls school in ancient times. The woman who ran the school preferred girls and a lot of hanky panky went on between the girls, hence the term Lesbian is derived from the name of the island. If I remember right the school was the only thing on the island, isolated, and no men.
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Court rules lesbians are not just from Lesbos

Tue Jul 22, 12:21 PM ET

ATHENS (Reuters) - A Greek court has dismissed a request by residents of the Aegean island of Lesbos to ban the use of the word lesbian to describe gay women, according to a court ruling made public on Tuesday.
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Three residents of Lesbos, the birthplace of the ancient Greek poetess Sappho whose love poems inspired the term lesbian, brought a case last month arguing the use of the term in reference to gay women insulted their identity.

In a July 18 decision, the Athens court said the word did not define the identity of the residents of the island, and so it could be validly used by gay groups in Greece and abroad.

The ruling ordered the plaintiffs to pay court expenses of 230 euros ($366.2).

"This is a good decision for lesbians everywhere," Vassilis Chirdaris, lawyer for the Gay and Lesbian Union of Greece, told Reuters. "A court in Athens could not stop people around the world from using it. It was ridiculous."

He said the plaintiffs were free to appeal the decision in a higher court.

Lesbos, which lies just off the Turkish Coast, has become a gathering spot for gay women from around the world, especially at the village of Eressos which is regarded as the birthplace of the poet in the 7th century B.C.

Several residents testified during the trial that the use of the word lesbian had brought recognition to the island and boosted its tourist trade.

(Reporting by Daniel Flynn)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/lesbians_...6NMPgVELUjr7sF
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Actually, we should be grateful that Sappho was from the island of Lesbos, rather than one of the other Greek islands.

I mean, really - would you want generations of young woman announcing to their friends and families: "I have something important to tell you - I'm a Cretan."
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Yay! The lesbos are safe!

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