Of the more than 250 senior centers spread across New York City’s five boroughs, one is now focused on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered elders. It’s in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. By any accounting, more than 1-in-250 people are homosexual, but it’s a start.
One national survey found that almost 75% of LGBT seniors hesitated to use their local senior centers because they did not trust that they’d be treated well and without bias there. In many cases, the baby boomers currently entering eldercare are part of the first generation of gay Americans to have lived open about their sexuality.