Lesbian-Only Cemetery To Open In Berlin

Pic: Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (PD)

Pic: Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (PD)

Safia, an organization for older lesbians, is creating a final resting place for the women of their community.

Via Raw Story

The burial ground is part of the 200-year-old Georgen Parochial cemetery in Prenzlauer Berg, a district in the east of the once-divided city near Alexanderplatz square.

“The idea emerged four years ago in the lesbian group Safia, whose members, advancing in age, asked themselves where they want to be buried,” said Osterland, 69.

“We wanted to stay together, to be close to those with whom we lived, we loved, we worked, we fought,” she told AFP, adding that she has already reserved a burial plot for herself.

The 400-square-metre (4,300-square-feet) section of the cemetery, newly landscaped with a winding sand path, has space for 80 bodies or urns containing cremated ashes.

“We had surveyed several cemeteries, but we decided on this one because we knew it and we knew it was beautiful,” Osterland said about he project, financed by the women’s housing association Sappho.

Read the rest at Raw Story.

  • ikonag

    So we’re back to segregated cemeteries again.

  • Dread Raider

    Equality is for the living. But the idea of a gender biased cemeteries coming from minds of a group that is/was so often victim of this very kind of discrimination. It seems very short sighted or at least not well thought out. It also brings to mind those little equal sign bumper stickers. But now I will see them with a question mark behind them.

  • Thurlow Weed

    Straights can be buried there, too, right?. Do any want to be? Probably not, The idea of homosexuality is not popular among many of them. I view this gesture as a reaction to the oppression lesbians have and still must endure in a predominantly straight world that is deeply influenced by right-wing religious ideas. Anyone who strenuously objects to a lesbian cemetery on the absurd basis that it is unfair should take a moment to ponder just how many “straight” cemeteries have denied lesbian couples from being buried together now and in the past.

  • Chaos_Dynamics

    The worms crawl in the worms crawl out…

  • Guerrilla_Grodd