ATHENS, Greece – Three islanders from Lesbos told a court Tuesday that gay women insult their home's identity by calling themselves lesbians.
The plaintiffs — two women and a man — are seeking to ban a Greek gay rights group from using the word "lesbian" in its name.
Also known as Mytilini, Lesbos was the home of the ancient poet Sappho, who praised love among women. It is a major travel destination for gay women.
The Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece "causes confusion by using a geographic term in connection with (the group's) special character and social action," said Dimitris Papadelis, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs.
A spokeswoman for the group accused the plaintiffs of homophobia.
"I believe ... the other party's intentions were purely racist," Evangelia Vlami said. "They showed that what bothers them is a specific sexual orientation."
"What will they do next, sue the United Nations? They, too, use the term lesbian," Vlami said.
Plaintiff Dimitris Lambrou has insisted the lawsuit "is not an aggressive act against gay women."
Lawyers from both sides are to submit written arguments on Wednesday, and the court is expected to issue its decision in the next six months.