Some Greek citizens are trying to change the term lesbians to only apply to people from the Greek island of Lesbos. The group of concerned Lesbians has even taken the case to court in Greece, to decide if LGBT groups there can use the term Lesbian, or if it can only apply to those natives of the island of Lesbos. BBC News
The man spearheading the case, publisher Dimitris Lambrou, claims that international dominance of the word in its sexual context violates the human rights of the islanders, and disgraces them around the world.
He says it causes daily problems to the social life of Lesbos’s inhabitants.
If the group wins in court, they plan to take their case internationally, in order to stop other LGBT groups from using the term.
The BBC is even kind enough to give us a brief history of the term lesbian and how it came into being.
The term lesbian originated from the poet Sappho, who was a native of Lesbos.
Sappho expressed her love of other women in poetry written during the 7th Century BC.
But according to Mr Lambrou, new historical research has discovered that Sappho had a family, and committed suicide for the love of a man.
It’ll definitely be interesting to see how this plays out in the Greek courts, especially since Greece tends to be rather homophobic. It’ll also be interesting to see their international battles, should they win in Greece, and how this affects things within the European Union.
So, if homosexual lesbians can’t be called lesbians, what will we call them? Sapphos?