Tiny island in a PC sea
Here’s a dilemma for the thoroughly modern man who prides himself on always being on the correct side of the identity politics card. Whose cause do you take up here, the internationally recognized victim group or the poor, oppressed native peoples?
Campaigners on the Greek island of Lesbos are to go to court in an attempt to stop a gay rights organisation 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?
[The age of liberation meets the age of litigation, head-on with each side going 100 mph]:
The man spearheading the case, publisher Dimitris Lambrou, claims that international dominance of the word in its sexual context violates the human rights of the islanders, and disgraces them around the world.
He says it causes daily problems to the social life of Lesbos's inhabitants.
In court papers, the plaintiffs allege that the Greek government is so embarrassed by the term Lesbian that it has been forced to rename the island after its capital, Mytilini.
An early court date has now been set for judges to decide whether to grant an injunction against the Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece and to order it to change its name.
A spokeswoman for the group has described the case as a groundless violation of freedom of expression, and has pledged to fight it.
— “Lesbos islanders dispute gay name,” posted May 1 at bbc.co.uk