- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A cemetery for only lesbians will be inaugurated this weekend in a two-century-old cemetery in central Berlin.

A 4,300-square-foot area of the Lutheran Georgen Parochial cemetery will be reserved as a graveyard for up to 80 lesbians, The Associated Press reported.

Usah Zachau, a spokeswoman for the Safia association, a national group primarily for elderly lesbians said the cemetery is “where life and death connect, distinctive forms of cemetery culture can develop and where the lesbian community can live together in the afterlife.”

A spokesman for the Berlin Lutheran church said the decision to lease the land to the lesbian group comes as part of the church’s efforts to “revitalize its cemetery grounds by cooperating with other groups.”

“We are also in an ongoing discussion with Muslim groups to see whether they can have their own plots on our cemeteries,” Volker Jastrzembski told the AP.

A spokesman for the Lesbian and Gay Association of Berlin, Joerg Steinert, said: “It increases the diversity of opportunities and is a nice opportunity for those lesbian women who want to be buried among other lesbians.”

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