This sunshiny city on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico has so much to offer visitors and residents alike. It offers professional sports, a thriving arts scene, excellent restaurants, and plenty of entertainment options, indoors and out. And beyond all of the fun it offers, it offers professional opportunities too — and plenty of them. It also has a strong, steadily growing LGBTQ community, one where everyone can find their place and be a part of all that makes the Tampa Bay area wonderful. Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon first arrived in the area that is now Tampa Bay in , although the Spanish primarily focused their attention on the development of areas in eastern Florida at that time, and it was not truly until the s with the arrival of American settlers that the area truly began to grow. The area officially became United States territory in and began to grow steadily after a railroad hub was established there in the late s.
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As attitudes and awareness about the LGBT community come full circle around the country, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors are finding they now have more choices when it comes to living out their silver years in a senior living community. It wasn't that long ago that many would have been turned away as a matter of policy, rejected by staff, or made to feel unwelcome in their own would-be homes. Happily, things are changing. Today, there are many LGBT-friendly senior communities popping up all around the country. Fifteen of the most vibrant, thriving communities are highlighted below. This is one of the most popular and well-known communities of its kind in the country, partly because they were the first retirement community in America to openly welcome LGBT seniors.
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Search this Guide Search. Orlando Gay Chorus "Our Mission: Inspiring individuals, the community and the world through excellence in musical entertainment. Our Vision: Using music to change images and attitudes, build a stronger community, and make the world a better place! This is done through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.
According to a Gallup poll, the percentage of American adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender LGBT increased to 4. While confidentiality concerns may skew these numbers, that amounts to millions of Americans. Senior living facilities are recognizing the demand.