Posts Tagged: lgbt

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 21. Plano, Texas

Plano, Texas

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: This job-rich (and church-rich) north Texas city is no San Francisco, but… Read more »

Best Cities for LGBT Seniors: #2 Ft. Lauderdale

Ft. Lauderdale

When people think of LGBT-friendly South Florida cities, Miami probably pops to mind first. But Fort Lauderdale has most of the same gay-friendly accommodations and nightlife in a more laid back and affordable environment. The city also has the highest concentration of gay couples of any major American city, with about 3% of all households…. Read more »

Best Cities for LGBT Seniors: #4 Atlanta


Atlanta is the gay capital of the South and for good reason. The city is generally tolerant and has LGBT-owned businesses scattered throughout the Midtown, Kirkwood, and Candler Park neighborhoods. They also have the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce that helps promote gay- and lesbian-owned businesses around the city. Atlanta even has one of the… Read more »

Best Cities for LGBT Seniors: #9 – Seattle, Washington


Beautiful Seattle is another one of the progressive hubs of America so it’s no surprise that it’s also one of the most gay-friendly cities in the country. At almost 5% of the overall population, it has one of the most concentrated LGBT communities of any large city. Also, Seattle has been on the leading edge… Read more »

Best Cities for LGBT Seniors: #15 – Houston, Texas


Houston has rapidly become one of the most diverse cities in the country and along with that has come a thriving and generally tolerant environment for its LGBT residents. Houston is home to the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce and there is widespread support for gay and lesbian owned businesses, many of which are… Read more »

Why Washington DC is the Best City for Gays

New York? Yawn. San Francisco? It’s been overrun by tech junkies. Chicago? Might as well be Shreveport. The jury is officially in, via my Facebook page, and Washington, D.C., has been declared the best city to be gay. But what makes our nation’s capital the ideal urban fruitopia for the LGBT community? Succinctly, today’s Washington… Read more »

Most Rural LGBT Folks Move to Cities

More than half of LGBT people that live in rural areas of Northern Ireland feel compelled to move to cities, a new report has revealed. The findings by The Rainbow Project, also showed that 43% of respondents said their sexual orientation was at least partly related their desire to move. The survey explored the lives… Read more »

LGBT People Flocking to Anti-Gay States

LGBT people are increasingly moving to traditionally red states where they lack protections against discrimination and are under attack from anti-gay lawmakers, according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Gallup. Of the 20 US cities that saw increases in their rankings for percentage of LGBT residents from 1993 to 2014,… Read more »

Maui Real Estate Draws LGBT Visitors, Permanent Residents

Former San Francisco resident Dan Hutchins was the focus of attention for a standing-room-only crowd of more than a hundred who packed Maui’s Seascape Maalaea Restaurant earlier this month. The Maui AIDS Foundation organized the event for World AIDS Day, and Hutchins was the featured speaker. For the first time publicly, he told the compelling… Read more »

Amendment Passes to Add HUD Non-Discrimination Provisions

Late last night, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) proposed an amendment on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives calling for LGBT equality and non-discrimination provisions in federal transportation and housing programs. The amendment passed with bipartisan support on a 241-184 vote. “No American should be fired or denied a job or place to… Read more »

LGBT Anxiety About Retirement is High

An aging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population in the U.S. faces anxieties about retirement that are significantly greater than other Americans who are nearing retirement. That is according to a survey by the Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE) that polled 1,857 LGBT Americans and 519 non-LGBT Americans and… Read more »

Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders Pushes for More LGBT Senior Housing

The group Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE) has revealed plans for a national, multi-year LGBT elder housing initiative in the US. SAGE leaders and several major partners of the organization explained the details at an event on February 3. According to the press release, “LGBT older people often face unique challenges in finding… Read more »

New San Diego Affordable Senior Housing Project Will Be LGBT Affirming

San Diego nonprofit Community HousingWorks (CHW), presents its Arizona Street Development to the San Diego Planning Commission Thursday, Dec. 18. The proposed development features a 76-home senior apartment building on the northwest corner of Texas Street and Howard Avenue and a 118-home multifamily building on the northeast corner. The proposal has already generated significant support… Read more »

New San Francisco Rule Would Expose LGBT Housing Discrimination

San Francisco’s planning commission is backing a proposed rule that would require national developers wishing to build residential projects with 10 or more units in the city to disclose if they prohibit LGBT discrimination. The commission voted 5-0 at its meeting this afternoon (Thursday, July 10) to support the proposal, known as the LGBTQ Equal… Read more »

Dive in with Drake! Long Beach: A hidden treasure

Comprised of more than 70 different neighborhood enclaves, Long Beach offers the big-town feel with a small town nature. The bustling Downtown is an area made up of both large business and residential high-rises, rich with a night life of restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. Many of the outer-lying neighborhoods give way to streets lined… Read more »

Top Twenty Gay Friendly US Cities From

Support for the gay community is higher than ever before–a recent Gallup poll shows that 55 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, compared to just 27 percent in 1996. With Pennsylvania and Oregon recently joining the growing list of states to overturn bans on gay marriage, the campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)… Read more »

USA, Louisiana: Lawmakers Kill LGBT Housing Protections Bill

Louisiana lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have prohibited housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The House Commerce Committee voted 13-5 Monday against the measure, which was the first in a package of gay rights bills proposed for consideration this session. The bill would have added sexual orientation, gender identity, gender… Read more »

New Study Finds Widespread Real Estate Discrimination Against Gays

At today’s (Tue/11) Board of Supervisors meeting, Sup. David Campos is introducing legislation to encourage large-scale developers to protect the housing rights of the LGBT community. Same-sex couples nationwide are more likely to experience discrimination in their search for senior housing, a study by the Washington, D.C. based Equal Rights Center found. To investigate, testers… Read more »

60% in Utah Support Housing Protections for LGBT Citizens

A new poll finds that 60 percent of Utahns say the state should adopt legal protections against discrimination of LGBT people in housing and the workplace. The Salt Lake Tribune poll comes just weeks after a highly publicized federal court decision that overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. The Salt Lake County Council and… Read more »

Which Ten States Are the Most Employment-Gay Friendly?

A new report ranks US states by their employment friendliness to the LGBT community. Dot429 reports: Employment law website XpertHR has ranked the top 10 LGBT-employment friendly states based on marriage equality, workplace discrimination protections and benefits for same-sex partners. The New England region boasts five of the top ten best places for America’s LGBT… Read more »

Steps to Home Ownership for LGBT Buyers

Buying a home may be the biggest investment you’ll make in your lifetime. The process can be exciting and for many, it can also be intimidating. There are additional factors for same-sex couples to consider that may make the process more complex, although some of these are changing due to recent Supreme Court rulings on… Read more »

When Housing Discrimination is Acceptable

During the past few weeks, there was a surplus amount of media attention focused on the subject of same-sex marriage. However, far less attention was given to a parallel issue: the question of housing discrimination against same-sex couples. Last month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) quietly released a report that was… Read more »

Affordable Housing Development Planned for LGBT Seniors in San Francisco

The first affordable housing project in San Francisco to be funded by the recently approved Housing Trust Fund will be a long-stalled affordable housing development for LGBT seniors. Voters adopted the trust fund on the November ballot. It will provide San Francisco with a permanent source of revenue to pay for below-market-rate housing for low-… Read more »

New LGBT Real Estate Agent Association Formed in Los Angeles

On Tuesday, November 8, 2012 P.R.E.P.A. the Pride Real Estate Professionals Association hosted a launch party/mixer at The Capital Grille for a new LGBT Real Estate Professional Association. There, they established PREPA as a non-profit organization of real estate professionals committed to: Supporting LGBT real estate professionals and their career development Fostering goodwill among the… Read more »

Berlin Opens New LGBT Housing Community

LGBT assisted-living facilities have been cropping up in cities around the world, but Berlin is host to what might be the world’s first multi-generational queer housing project. Located in the western neighborhood of Charlottenburg, the 25-room Lebensort Vielfalt (Diverse Living Space) is open to all ages, but 60% of residences have been set aside for… Read more »

Wilton Manors Home to New Pride Center at Equality Park

The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Fort Lauderdale (GLCC) made some exciting announcements recently.  After years of searching for a new home, the center recently unveiled a new 35,000 square foot complex called Equality Park.  The complex is made up of three buildings on almost 6 acres of waterfront property in Wilton Manors, Florida…. Read more »

LGBT Senior Housing Approved Again in San Francisco

Four years after San Francisco officials signed off on a mega-housing project that will include units designated for LGBT seniors, planning officials for the second time voted to approve the infill development. The Planning Commission voted unanimously late this evening (Thursday, August 16) to accept several design changes that the project sponsors made in response… Read more »

Fort Lauderdale Central To Popular LGBT Events

You probably already know Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a destination hot spot for fun under the sun and a place many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community are happy to call home or their home away from home.  But, did you know Fort Lauderdale is also central to many LGBT events? Aside from… Read more »

HUD Announces New Regulations to Protect LGBT Renters

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today new regulations intended to ensure that HUD’s core housing programs are open to all eligible persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Donovan previewed the announcement at the 24th National Conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality – Creating Change. View… Read more »