Hey, ladies! You … yes, you gay ladies! Stop that usurping right now! Now!
(Athens) 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.
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.”
The Lesbosian dialect is a bit tricky. Allow me to translate:
“Your dyke dollars are all good, please keep those coming, but this one group — one of thousands of groups all over the planet to use the word “lesbian” — has to change its name so no one thinks my sister is a goddamned muff diver.”
Good luck with that…
Sappho, oil painting by Charles-Auguste Mengin (1877)