[O]n a sunny April morning, dozens of elderly women gathered at a graveyard in Berlin. In fact, they were celebrating a historic event: the opening of the world’s first lesbian-only cemetery.
The women cheering and applauding among the tombstones that day were members of SAFIA, a German association of older lesbians who came up with the initiative as a way for their community to stay together in the afterlife. The majority of the 80 spaces have already been spoken for, and most of the women are currently in their 60s.
Surprisingly, the most supportive institution has been the Lutheran Church. “We know that the way in which people live takes many forms, but connections to our loved ones stay the same,” said vicar Peter Stock.