There Is Now A Lesbian-Only Cemetery In Germany

Germany’s first burial area for lesbians will open this weekend in Berlin. The group behind the project claims, “There is no reason to be buried anonymously anymore and like everyone else.”

1. A lesbian-only burial plot is being inaugurated in the Lutheran Georgen Parochial Cemetery of Germany this weekend.

According to the AP report, a 400-square-meter area of the two-century-old cemetery in Berlin will be reserved “as a graveyard for up to 80 lesbians.”

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2. “We are the first real generation of emancipated, feminist, open lesbians, and we need somewhere to be buried,” explains Dr. Astrid Osterland of the Safia Association.

The Safia Association is a national group consisting of elderly lesbians. “There is no reason to be buried anonymously anymore and like everyone else, I want to lie with the people I’ve fought with,” she added.

AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

3. The association has ownership of the plot for 30 years in exchange for its upkeep and landscaping. Around 20 women have registered for a space so far.

AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

4. In response to come criticism from local media, Osterland claims the project has “nothing against men.”

Anyone is allowed to have their urns in the space, but women will have first pick of the plots.

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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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