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Gay Senior Center To Open in New York City

Jim Burroway

October 24th, 2011

Several studies have shown that LGBT seniors typically look to their final years with tremendous dread. Not only do they have to contend with declining health and loss of independence, but those who require nursing home care and special services find that, after perhaps decades of being out and proud LGBT people, they feel they have to go back into the closet on entering a long term care facility. Last week, the city of New York announced the opening of eight special senior centers catering to specific needs of seniors, including one dedicated to the needs of LGBT seniors. The new center, to open in Chelsea and serve all five boroughs, is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.

Update: Silly New Yorkers, as commenter Ron points out, “The Golden Rainbow Center in Palm Springs has been around for years.” First in the nation, first in New York. What’s the difference, right?



October 24th, 2011 | LINK

You must mean first in New York City, right? The Golden Rainbow Center in Palm Springs has been around for years.

Jim Burroway
October 24th, 2011 | LINK

Thanks for the update Ron. The “boast” came from New York. I’ll update the post.

October 24th, 2011 | LINK

Simliar to what a friend was trying to tell me: geographically speaking NYC and Long Island are the biggest parts of NY because they have the most people. I’m still scratching my head over that one. LOL

Ray Harwick
October 24th, 2011 | LINK

Ron is right. The center was running when I moved to Cathedral City nine years ago and it’s where I went to ask for a local referral for a gay-friendly family doctor. They did better than that. I got a gay doctor my husband and I just loved. They seem to change the organization name every once in a while. It was Golden Rainbow Center-SAGE for 10 years but they’re changing it to the “LGBT Community Center of the Desert”. Maybe they already did. I was over there last Friday and didn’t notice. It’s been in 3 or 4 locations during my time in the PS area.

October 24th, 2011 | LINK

Rainbow Vision in Santa Fe, NM is another.

Is it a gay senior center, or an LGBT senior center? Both this post and the article conflate the two terms, but they don’t mean the same thing.

Timothy Kincaid
October 24th, 2011 | LINK

Los Angeles has had a number of various programs. I believe that Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing has had an “affordable housing complex” for at least the past half decade or so.


My former roommate’s family put his grandmother in Rainbow Vision for a while (she was heterosexual but they focus on filling a niche, they can’t discriminate based on sexual orientation). Ultimately it wasn’t a good mix – I understand she was a bit cantankerous so communal living wasn’t ideal. But she did praise the facility.

October 25th, 2011 | LINK

Timothy–cool! Small world.

It’s true that NM law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. What a funny loophole, though, for such an establishment opening in a state without inclusive discrimination laws–bet the pro-discrimination set didn’t predict that.

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