A group of plaintiffs from the Greek island of Lesbos begins their quest in court today 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.”
…Lambrou insists he has “nothing against lesbians” who flock to Eressos — a resort on the island that is famed as the birthplace of the 5th century BC poet Sappho — and whose contribution to the local economy has been considerable.
Via the very excellent AMERICAblog.