Friday, May 02, 2008

Gay Women Might Need a New Name...

"Campaigners on the Greek island of Lesbos are to go to court in an attempt to stop a gay rights organization from using the term "lesbian".

The islanders say that if they are successful they may then start to fight the word lesbian internationally.

The issue boils down to who has the right to call themselves Lesbians.

Is it gay women, or the 100,000 people living on Greece's third biggest island - plus another 250,000 expatriates who originate from Lesbos?" (source)

Socially, this might be a bit inane, but legally (I think) it's quite interesting.

Origin of the name in association with gay women:

"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."

I was going to say that we should start giving them a few ideas, but I fear what you guys will come up with...

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