When it comes to choosing a place to live during retirement, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people want the same things that everyone else wants – someplace safe, reasonably priced, agreeable climate, cultural and recreational amenities, and good healthcare.
LGBT people, however, have a few additional factors to consider. Those include: how tolerant an area is, the presence of a gay community, and healthcare providers that are welcoming towards LGBT people. Sadly, instances in which LGBT patients are treated poorly and same-sex partners are denied visitation rights or decision-making rights in hospitals and nursing homes are still all too common.
How can straight people benefit from a list of LGBT-friendly retirement cities?
First, most of the criteria used to select these cities are the same ones that are important to most retirees.
Second, a city’s acceptance of its LGBT citizens is a good indicator of how accepting it will be for people of all diverse demographics, such as ethnic minorities or religious minorities. Areas with rich diversity tend to offer more culinary choices and broader cultural offerings than areas with more homogenous populations.
I recently had the honor of contributing a guest post on this topic to TopRetirements. TopRetirements.com is the place to go for information about retirement communities throughout the United States and elsewhere in the world. Their wealth of collected information comes both from data and from their readers’ real-life experiences. I have learned a lot simply by reading the comment threads to many of the site’s articles.
Jump on over to this article on TopRetirements to discover ten great places for LGBT people – and everyone – to retire, and learn what makes them good choices.
How do these retirement destinations appeal to you? What place(s) do you have your eyes on, and why? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!
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