Lesbian cemetery opened in Berlin

A space for the burial of lesbians has been reserved in central Berlin graveyard.

Spaces for 80 burials or ashes have been set aside in the Lutheran Georgen Parochial cemetery, which was first laid out in Berlin in 1814.

The association Safia has been given the use of the cemetery for 30 years in exchange for landscaping and caring for the area.

The idea was first mooted several years ago by Safia, an association mainly for aging lesbians, who wanted a place where they could remain together after death, according to a report in Associated Press.

The cemetery is in talks with other groups for use of the wooded grounds, parts of which are not being used or maintained.