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Greek Lesbian Festival Thrives Despite Corny Name Of Host Island Lesbos

Does it really take more than being named Lesbos to make your island getaway a destination for gay tourists? Yes, but the branding helps. At this year’s 10th annual International Women’s Festival, in the Greek island’s Eressos village, German, British, Dutch and Scandinavian sapphic ladies are flocking to “women-only walks and sunset cruises, breathing and drumming workshops, Greek dance classes and lesbian film screenings.” Which is no small accomplishment: When the event launched in 2000, Eressos’ mayor — of a heavily Greek Orthodox community — threatened to sue organizers and cast our the lesbians. Now, us dykes have our run of the place.