April 30, 2008

Usurpation

Says Mark Steyn:

This is a lawsuit we should have seen coming:

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.

"My sister can't say she is a Lesbian," said Dimitris Lambrou. "Our geographical designation has been usurped by certain ladies who have no connection whatsoever with Lesbos," he said.

Lawyers in Gay, Michigan will be watching the case with interest.

Not to mention Eromanga, Australia.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Weird World at 10:21 AM | Comments (7) | Add Comment
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1 EROMANGA, Australia?!?  Good lord.  This is something I need to forward to a few dozen folks in Japan.  Great find, Steven!

Posted by: Toren at April 30, 2008 11:58 AM (NmOyo)

2 Actually, I found out about it from "Ninja Nonsense".

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 30, 2008 12:55 PM (+rSRq)

3 Lawyers in Gay, Michigan...

I don't know if there are any lawyers in Gay, MI. The population looks a little small to support many lawyers.

Of course, any heirs of Joseph Gay, who named the town after himself, probably stand to gain the most from the action.



Posted by: karrde at April 30, 2008 02:01 PM (aF0WK)

4 There's a place in Kansas might be interested in becoming a sister city.

Posted by: Robert at April 30, 2008 10:11 PM (MzfTd)

5 Strange....

Posted by: karrde at May 01, 2008 04:24 AM (aF0WK)

6 Prof. Volokh suggested to call this  case a "Lesbian-on-Lesbian Action".

BTW, "Gaylord" is extremely common, especially as a name for Indian restaurants. I gather it's a locale in India.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at May 01, 2008 11:10 AM (qNSKg)

7

Yeah, Gay is really a little place.  The bar (mentioned in Wikipedia article above) does make some money selling "The Gay Bar" T-shirts to college students from Michigan Technological University (my alma mater)

Posted by: CatCube at May 02, 2008 04:31 AM (MZirl)

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