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New cemetery opens for lesbians only

By Mason White 11:49 AM April 2, 2014
Cemetery illustration 

By: Sanvi Rizvi
Lesbian women can now stay segregated after they die by being buried in the new lesbian only cemetery.

The new burial area exclusively for lesbians is set to be opened at a historic cemetery in Berlin, Germany, this week.

An area of 400 square meters (4,300 square feet) of the Lutheran Georgen Parochial cemetery, which was established in 1814 in the center of Berlin, will be reserved as a cemetery for a maximum of 80 lesbian.

The group behind the lesbian cemetery said that the space was established as a place where lesbians can live together in the afterlife. The group was given use of the area for 30 years in exchange for cleaning and gardening the cemetery.

In Germany, the custom is to have renewable leases burial plots instead of buying. Neighboring parts of the Lutheran cemetery, which is located near Alexanderplatz, is currently not being used. Old and toppled headstones are covered by weeds.

A spokesperson for the Lutheran Church of Berlin, said that the agreement with the group of women comes as part of the efforts to revitalize the cemetery grounds through cooperation with other groups.