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I'm a real lesbian, the rest of you are fakes.

No I've not been having an identity crisis since making my last Wizbang post over 10 days ago. From AP-

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.

Frivilous lawsuits aren't just confined to the United States. These 'lesbians' are forgetting the economic benefits the 'other lesbians' bring to Lesbos lesbians. I guess many residents of Lesbos feel just the same as South Floridians do. As much as we hate the extra traffic and other inconveniences that snowbirds cause every winter, at the same time intelligent people know the economic benefits for the area brought by these part-time residents and tourists. My wife works at our local church, after the snowbirds return north, the weekly collection falls off as much as fifty percent from the height of winter.

Dr. Steven Taylor suggests it would be rather easier to change the name of the island than win proprietary rights to the name lesbian. How about renaming the island Sappho? She is after all arguably the island's most famous resident, past or present.


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The islanders of Lesbos see... (Below threshold)
Dodo David:

The islanders of Lesbos seem not to understand that the name "lesbian" for a female homosexual is taken directly from the name of that island because of the reputation that the island had during ancient times.

I thought that Lesbos islan... (Below threshold)

I thought that Lesbos islanders called themselves "Lesbotians" nowadays.

I believe Island of Lesbos ... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

I believe Island of Lesbos is on Cinemax pay-per-view this evening.

All this proves is that the... (Below threshold)

All this proves is that the population of Lesbos is large enough to have produced a couple of wackos. But it's similarly wacko for anyone to suggest that the island change its name. I hope Stephen Taylor is being facetious.

Bill, I applaud your coming... (Below threshold)

Bill, I applaud your coming out like this in a public forum.

What is Eminem's Daughter's... (Below threshold)

What is Eminem's Daughter's name? "Lesbo".

I believe that under EU and... (Below threshold)
Marty Rimmshot:

I believe that under EU and/or Greek law, "Lesbos: and "Lesbian" already have the status of "regional appellation" -- almost, but not quite, a trademark. It's the same rule that prevents sparkling wine produced in the US from being sold in Europe under the name "Champagne."

Why don't they just change the name of the association to the "Homosexual and Carpetmunching Community of Greece"?

Well, Marty, if the Lesbian... (Below threshold)

Well, Marty, if the Lesbians have to change their name over Lesbos the the "G's" in LGBT will have to change their name when the inhabitants of the Isle of Gay objects to use of "Gay men" to describe what can be re-designated "butt-bangers"
Straights, of course, will have to face a challenge from Geometrical Mathematicians....






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