Lesbians in court dispute

 
A Greek court will be assembled to decide whether the word “Lesbian”, meaning inhabitant of, or person originating from the sizeable Greek island of Lesbos, may also be used to designate homosexual women.

LESBIANS IN COURT DISPUTE

A Greek court will be assembled to decide whether the word “Lesbian”, meaning inhabitant of, or person originating from the sizeable Greek island of Lesbos, may also be used to designate homosexual women.

Three Lesbians, two of whom are women, have appealed to Greek justice, asking for the prohibition and withdrawal of the word “Lesbian” from the registered name “Greek Homosexual and Lesbian Community” (OLKE), their argument being that their historical and regional identity and personality are illegally offended by such a usage. One of the prosecutors, publisher of the magazine “Davlos” ( http://www.davlos.gr) Dimitris Lambrou, stated that the use of the word “Lesbian”, in Greek both a noun and an adjective, by individuals having absolutely no relation to his place of birth, is arbitrary and inadmissible, as it distorts a true historical meaning and causes daily problems to the social life of the inhabitants of the island.

The word acquired the meaning of homosexual woman and has been used as such in all languages for the last decades. The alteration of its meaning stems from the fact that the great Lesbian poetess Sappho of the 7th cen. B.C., several centuries after her death, was thought to have had homosexual relations with her female students. Newer research has disproven this, as Sappho had a family and committed suicide for the love of another man.

The case, scheduled to be tried on the 10th of June at the Athens Trial Court, has raised spirits among 250.000 people originating from Lesbos, as well as, in the opposite sense, among thousands of “Lesbians” in Greece and around the word. “On no occasion should the name of the inhabitants of Lesbos be abused”, added D. Lambrou”.

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Sapfo 01.May.2008 17:46

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