As rapidly as times are changing, the age group with the lowest acceptance for the LGBT community is inevitably seniors–which is especially difficult for those LGBT senior citizens in need of affordable housing. However, as of September 1, LGBT seniors now have an option custom-made for them: the newly opened Spirit on Lake apartments in Minnesota.
Identifying as LGBT is not mandatory to live in Spirit on Lake, but the building’s management said that about three-fourths of the residents do. The building has forty-six units, all of them occupied.
Currently, the population of LGBT people older than fifty in the US is estimated to be over two million, according to a 2011 study by the University of Washington; by 2030, researchers expect that number will double. Unfortunately, seniors are far from exempt from health problems common in the LGBT community, and are often less healthy, less well off, and have smaller support networks than their straight counterparts. According to a 2010 report from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, they are also four times less likely to have children, and of those that do, not every grown child is comfortable with their parent’s gender presentation or sexual orientation.
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