Jul 24 2008
A Greek court has dismissed a request by residents of the Aegean island of Lesbos to ban the use of the word lesbian to describe gay women, according to a court ruling made public on Tuesday.
Three residents of Lesbos, the birthplace of the ancient Greek poetess Sappho whose love poems inspired the term lesbian, brought a case last month arguing the use of the term in reference to gay women insulted their identity.
In a July 18 decision, the Athens court said the word did not define the identity of the residents of the island, and so it could be validly used by gay groups in Greece and abroad.
The ruling ordered the plaintiffs to pay court expenses of 230 euros ($366.2)
A reporter later translated the judges ruling:
“Are you ladies f*cking serious? You’re going to waste my time with this crap? Who gives a sh*t about using the word Lesbian in this Island. What are you guys from 600 years ago? Are you living in this world? Not only have you wasted your own time by filing this absurd grievance, but you’ve wasted ours. Give us 366 American dollars and don’t ever come here with stupid sh*t like that again. Jesus you ladies are pathetic.”
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