Lesbos Islanders Sue Gays on Name

We're the only Lesbians, Greeks insist in lawsuit
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2008 7:50 AM CDT
Lesbos islanders suing over the use of the word 'lesbian' claim their human rights are being violated.   ((c) ale3andro)
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(Newser) – Residents of the Greek island of Lesbos have decided that lesbianism is the love that must change its name, the BBC reports. Islanders, fed up with the word being used to denote sexual orientation, are suing a Greek gay rights organization with "lesbian" in its name and say if they succeed they'll take their campaign global.

The islanders are arguing that only residents and expatriates have the right to use the name—and claim that the better-known use of the word causes them "daily problems." The use of "lesbian" for gay women originated from the island's most famous resident, the 7th-century BC poet Sappho who expressed her love for other women in erotic verse.