Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Lesbian By Any Other Name

Yesterday we covered the story of a bar owner in Dallas who tried to
remove the "T" from LGBT.

This morning we are happy to say that a much larger attempt to remove the "L" from LGBT has failed.

A lawsuit initiated by several natives of the famed Greek isle Lesbos to ban others in Greece and around the world from using the term “lesbian” to describe themselves, has been thrown out by an Athens court.

Dimitris Lambrou, 69, a proud native male Lesbian (who for some reason has been living in Canada the last 30 years) was one who petitioned the courts against the Greek Gay and Lesbian Union (Olke) using the name “lesbian”. He says he has nothing against gays and lesbians but believes they have denigrated the name and brought embarrassment to the isle's 350 thousand inhabitants, and well it's uncomfortable when he has to introduce himself, his wife and his daughter as Lesbians.

Vassilis Chirdaris, lawyer for the Gay and Lesbian Union of Greece, was overjoyed with the ruling, claiming victory:

"This is a good decision for lesbians everywhere. A court in Athens could not stop people around the world from using it. It was ridiculous".

The consensus in Greece is that lesbians have been good for Lesbos financially and culturally, and that perhaps they should counter sue Mr. Lambrou, and ban him from using and denigrating the name.