The gay community may soon find eternal peace under a rainbow.
In the municipality of Rosario, Cavite province, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) sector was allotted a space in the a 2,000-square-meter portion of the cemetery Salinas Garden of Memories, according to a report in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
The nook for the LGBT was called “Pink Pantheon with Rainbow Connection.”
Pedro Laparan, 50, finds good news that an openly-gay teacher like him would have a sure place to rest in, having no family of his own to take care of him after his death.
“I don’t want to be a problem for people I will be leaving behind,” Laparan said.
“It’s good to know that something has been reserved for me and that I’d die beautifully and decently, with my remains kept properly.” he added.
The Inquirer report said the resting place for the LGBT was the brainchild of Rosario Mayor Jose “Nonong” Ricafrente.
Though he is not gay, Ricafrente said he need not be gay to give the LGBT the space in the cemetery it deserves.
He said he was moved to set up an exclusive resting nook for the LGBT when a former City Hall employee failed to get a decent burial.
He said the space granted to the LGBT would foster respect toward the community. “You do not make them social outcasts,” Ricafrente said.
The apartment-type tombs may be customized with LGBT colors. Deceased male homosexuals may occupy the cemetery painted pink, while lesbians may take up the tomb painted with rainbow colors, according to the report.
The tomb, marching band, and complete funeral services are also granted free of charge, Ricafrente said.
Reservations are not allowed, though, Ricafrente said.
The apartment-type tombs were donated by the privately owned Heaven’s Garden Memorial Park.
Ricafrente said the grant of space is not a special treatment to the LGBT. “They are real people, who stand for what they think is right,” he said.
The mayor said the LGBT community has played a key role in the city, where gay men and women can work as firefighters and traffic personnel.
“What men can do, the women and gays can, too,” he said.