Lesbian Islanders Lose Lesbian Lawsuit

They demanded exclusive rights to call themselves Lesbians
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2008 2:51 AM CDT
Lesbian Islanders Lose Lesbian Lawsuit
Greek Gay and Lesbian Union spokesperson Evangelia Vlami talks to the media on June 10, 2008, outside an Athens courthouse about the Lesbos dispute.    (Getty Images)

Residents of the Greek island of Lesbos have lost a legal battle to block the use of the word lesbian to describe a sexual preference. An Athens court threw out a lawsuit an islander filed against a Greek gay rights group with lesbian in its name, arguing that  they have exclusive rights to the term. The court ruled use of the word does not impinge on islanders' rights.

"The decision by the court will not stop the effort of hundreds of thousands of Lesbian islanders to fight for the right to maintain their name separately from a that of a sexual deviation," said the resident who filed suit on behalf of islanders. "We will appeal instantly to a higher court." (More Lesbos stories.)

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