Three residents of the island of Lesbos lost a court case trying to ban the use of the word “lesbian” to refer to gay women.
The BBC reports:
The residents argued that using the term in reference to gay women insulted their identity.
But an Athens court ruled there was no justification for their contention that they felt slighted, saying the word did not define the islanders’ identity.
We’re not really sure what the Lesbos residents were hoping to accomplish. How could a Greek court control language used all over the world?
The practice of calling gay women lesbians comes from Sappho, an ancient Greek poet who wrote about loving other women. She came from Lesbos and was often referred to as “the lesbian poet,” and the association stuck.