Charles Cowling

Partners Mike Konigsfeld and Tom Brandl in Cologne, Germany have designed a coffin for gay male funerals. If you look carefully you can see that it is festooned with muscly naked men.

There’s no doubting the business sense behind the idea. As Mike says, “People are cutting back in the recession but the one group of consumers who still have high spending power are gay couples and very few people are designing for them in this market.”

Yes, there’s money to be made. Which is perhaps why, in Britain, the only gay funeral service I have come across, Pink Partings, is ‘partnered’ by our old friends Co-operative Funeralcare who, as they say, and we believe them, “operate in accordance with the values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.”

6 thoughts on “LGBT

  1. Charles Cowling

    The old hippy in me rises to the top again as I feel sad about this.

    Because why would gay people feel that they have to (rather than want to) have anything different to anyone else?

    (Shakes head and mutters about feeling old and not understanding the world anymore).

    Charles Cowling
  2. Charles Cowling

    Rupert, I think the inverted commas probably denote irony. And yes, the site is purple. Good point. Erm, no explanation.

    Charles Cowling
  3. Charles Cowling
    Rupert Callender

    Isn’t it weird that Pink Partings website is actually purple or am I suffering from straight colour blindness?
    Pink Weddings look the real deal, it’s a shame they couldn’t go it alone. And is there some legal nicety we don’t know about by having the word “choice” in inverted comma’s?

    Charles Cowling
  4. Charles Cowling

    …yes, but how absolutely ghastly to see the Corporate johnnies cashing in (yet again) on a trendy form of grief.

    Charles Cowling
  5. Charles Cowling

    Interesting! I’ve conducted two gay male funerals in the last few months. Both young men in their 30’s, both suicides. Very sad circumstances, but fabulous music choices. What a joy to hear Kylie and Babs Streisand instead of the 23rd Psalm…

    Charles Cowling
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