A US undertaker is planning to create a gay-only section in an Atlanta cemetery to honour gay people’s “sense of community”.
John Suggs of Dignity Memorial, who is himself gay, told GA Voice that his company had recently purchased a memorial park and aims to allocate a portion of the cemetery to gay people and their partners.
“I think it’s a good idea because it is about a sense of community, connection and because it’s a tradition,” said Suggs.
“We have to make our traditions. In a way this is a way to honour our relationships in a simple but proud way. Being able to be next to your partner at end of life is important, comforting and a reassuring thing to know,” he added.
An architect is working on the plans but the size of the gay area has not yet been confirmed.
The idea is not a new one. In 2008, a Danish LGBT organisation reserved a number of places in a Copenhagen graveyard for LGBT people and marked the area with a rainbow flag.