The man spearheading the case, publisher Dimitris Lambrou, had claimed that international dominance of the word in its sexual context violated the human rights of the islanders – who call themselves Lesbians – and disgraces them around the world.
He argued it caused daily problems to the social life of Lesbos’s inhabitants.
But the court disagreed, ordering the plaintiffs to pay court expenses of 230 euros ($366), although they could appeal against the decision.
It’s interesting to note the pleading in the alternative: if the court refused to recognize a human rights violation, Lambrou was prepared to claim a daily pain in the ass. Though we now know lesbos are not a disgrace to Lesbos, unreached by this case is the issue of people who are disgraces to lesbos.